Bluegrass All Stars is a group of fun-loving, veteran musicians whose
roots keep them coming back to each other and Bluegrass Music.
We all started out in bluegrass, but as the years went by the
siren songs of other forms of music – and steadier paychecks –
helped us to stretch our musicality.
When we returned to our bluegrass roots we melded these musical
experiences to produce the Bluegrass All Stars.
Mixing Scruggs and Crow with Hank and Haggard seem absolutely
natural to us. Our line up has Cotton Thomas on the mandolin and fiddle, Dan
Nimphius on the hard driving banjo and dobro, Dave Ziler picking on the
guitar, and Jim Meyers slapping on the old stand up bass. When The Bluegrass All Stars turn it on you can feel the
rhythm down to your toes. With
four guys that love to sing, the harmonies find that high, lonesome
sound that is the heart of Bluegrass music.
of the “Stars” have been playing professionally since the late 70's.
Over the years, we have played in each other’s bands.
Dan Nimphius was a founding member of Woodsong
and the Brew County Rounders in
the late 70's. Cotton
Thomas and Jim Meyers were fooling around playing the classics in the Ad
Hoc Citizens Band. Later
Cotton Thomas joined Dan with the Rounders
after his time with Grass Food and
Lodging. When the Rounders
was between bass players, Jim Meyers was borrowed from the Industrial
Valley Rangers. Years
and thousands of songs later, fate brought us together along with the
newest member of the group, Dave Ziler.
Dave is from the eastern panhandle of West Virginia and has been
playing since the age of 10. He
is a talented singer, great guitar picker, and a recorded songwriter. He
has been a great addition to Bluegrass All Stars.
He fits right in with our humor, great singing and love of
bluegrass and old country music. From
blistering banjo breakdowns to hard-core country classics, The Bluegrass
All Stars play ‘em like they ought to be done.