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Jeff Raught
Jeff Raught

Jeff has been meandering his way through life with songs and stories for many years. Finding the humor in unexpected places and delivering it in a way that only Jeff can. Connecting the dots, or maybe helping to erase them. It is a delightful blend of music that has flavors of blues, gospel and hints of The American Songbook.

For a new twist on some old yarn....

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Various ensembles over thirty-ish years.
Various ensembles over thirty-ish years.

I play bass guitar (currently a five string "MTD").

I've played in churches (I'm part of a folk group in a Catholic church at present), pubs - nasty and nice, concerts, coffee houses and assorted other environments.

I've played in duos, full bands (three, four, five piece) and other configurations. I've had the good fortune to be part of a number of recording sessions as well.

I play by ear and use chord charts frequently. I am learning to "read" but am at a beginner level in that regard.

There are very few types of music that I don't like. I've played rock, country, gospel, reggae, folk and even some classical at a semi-serious to pretty serious level.

I'm a sucker for a great melody, a cool riff or a worthwhile lyric. If all three elements converge in a song great; I will, however, settle for one or two of them. :-)

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Drop the Dawg

Drop the Dawg

“Drop the Dawg” is a trio of musicians who mix acoustic newgrass, pop, jazz and gospel. Invited to play at the first Michiana Mennofolk festival in 2002, the experience was so successful the three just kept on pickin’. Jim Shenk is a luthier from Goshen, Indiana who is responsible for most of the guitar work as well as dobro, pedal steel and vocals. Duane Gundy, a general contractor from Shavehead Lake, Michigan, handles the mandolin, guitar, bass and vocals. The trio is completed with Mike Hoover, a computer programmer from Goshen, performing on bass, keyboards, flute and vocals. We encourage you to enjoy our music the way we do, without pretense or pressure to perform the prevailing pessimism! “Dawg On”!!!


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Mike Hoover
mike.hoover@everence.com
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Mike Hoover
mike.hoover@everance.com
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IMPORTANT: Performers listed here may appear at various Mennofolk festivals across the country. Please check the individual festival pages for listings of who will be performing at each location.

 

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