Born from the tradition of Bluegrass jams and potlucks, The Plate Scrapers -- Derek Kretzer (banjo), Andrew Jordan (guitar), Brett Kretzer (mandolin), Jody Mosser(dobro), and Kevin Johnson (bass) -- have been putting in the work and showcasing their love for the genre since 2014. They have since release 3 studio albums and 3 live albums, and have toured relentlessly up and down the east coast and into the midwest. In 2019, they won the Podunk Bluegrass Telefunken Band Contest. They have been featured on WAMU Bluegrass Country Radio, performed as an IBMA Official Showcase artist, and their latest release, Destination Horizon (2020) debuted at #9 on the Bluegrass Album Billboard charts with rave reviews from Bluegrass Today.
As a band that strives to maintain a healthy equilibrium between their diverse musical backgrounds and the traditional Appalachian sounds, they have wowed audiences across the entire spectrum. This progressively minded Bluegrass act truly feels at home on any stage. They’ve provided direct support for bluegrass legends such as The Seldom Scene, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, and Larry Keel. On the other side of that coin, they aren’t afraid to get weird at a late night festival slot and have become well known for their tastefully balanced and refreshingly diverse song-writing. Catch their live show and you’ll be sure to receive a full helping of hard-driving bluegrass favorites and heart-wrenching country ballads. Dig into their recorded originals, however, and you’ll find tracks ranging from thoughtful folk lyricism to gritty tales of harrowing adventure.
The Plate Scrapers passion for bluegrass and performing shines thru their music and performances. Such is evident in their musical prowess and creative chemistry on stage, guaranteeing a unique and immersive experience each time. The band continues to be fueled by loyal fans and an unrelenting drive,and they don't plan on slowing down anytime soom.
“pickers with solid vocals and a strong stage presence”
The Brewgrass Chronicle
"Cool band, musicians, and repertoire of songs!
-Fred Travers (The Seldom Scene)
"The Plate Scrapers obviously love making music together. Their musicianship is exceptional and their songs are catchy as hell. In a more perfect world, I'd get to record songs and bands like this every day."
"There’s a lot to be said for a band that mines the buoyant sounds of vintage bluegrass while also paying heed to music and melodies that quickly connect, and leave the listener swooning and swaying with joy and jubilation."
"They make a classic bluegrass sound that's not afraid to go somewhere new."
"...[The Plate Scrapers] can make you feel like you're listening to a classic artist play something from the future."
"'Flying Car' brings that sense of newness that the Plate Scrapers will come to be known for."