Style: Psychedelic bluegrass / rock
Began performing: 1994
Stomping grounds : San Diego, California

Five piece improvisation oriented ensemble specializing in acoustic and electric fusions of bluegrass, psychedelic, jazz and rock traditions. Heavy emphasis on both composition and improvisation--on technique and execution as emotion and inspiration. Tunes range from traditional stlye bluegrass (both original and traditional) to folksy ballads to technical instrumental psychedelic rock, to blistering blues. Anything americana serves as a coveted influence! [--John McGaraghan]

Band Members:

John McGaraghan - Acoustic/electric/slide/lap steel guitars, mandolin, vocals
Zac Matthews - Acoustic/electric/slide guitars, mandolin, vocals
Bryan Horne - Electric/upright bass, vocals
Ian Waight - Acoustic/electric/slide banjo, vocals
Kevin Bell - Drums/Percussion, vocals

Band Address/Booking/Label:

Phone: (619) 699-2957
Web: http://www.GeoCities.Com/SunsetStrip/Towers/1821


Grow, [Band], 1996
The Title Track ("Grow" an electric bluegrass anthem) is being included on Kathode Ray's newest compilation CD

Other Notes:

Oversoul has received great reviews by Kathode Ray Music, Musicians Network Music Magazine, and were elected as this coming month's "Unsigned Band of the Month" by Jam-Online Magazine. Oversoul has played live on San Diego's KSDT (radio) as well as on SRTV (TV). They taped a prerecorded performance for Yourself Presents, a local cable TV show. Oversoul recorded two songs for a promotional video for a Northern California Summer camp (Plantation). All five members provided live improvisational sound textural performances for a multi-media production in San Diego entitled The 30 Minute Collision. Members have guest performed with numerous other bands including Jambay, Dishwater, Clyde's Ride, and Grandma. Several members are accomplished solo performers and recording artists. One member wrote the theme song to a TV show that made it to the pilot stage.

[Illustration from the Oversoul Web page]

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