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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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brad yoder

http://www.bradyoder.com/
brad yoder

Pittsburgh-based singer-songwriter Brad Yoder writes unexpected songs that combine humor with story and wit with heart, “united by honesty and a vivid way with words.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). He’s sold over 7500 copies of self-released CDs (with #6 due out later this year), played 100+ shows a year for 15 years, and had a song featured on NPR’s Car Talk and a CBS crime drama. Brad Yoder believes musical success should be measured in more than just the obvious ways. Just as tangible in terms of success are the pieces of original art on Brad’s walls created by supporters and inspired by specific songs, and the many “gig guest books” full of appreciative comments from 10+ years of live shows. Acknowledged by Pittsburgh Magazine as “ruling the Pittsburgh coffeehouse scene,” Brad logs over 150 performances annually, playing colleges, cafés, churches, festivals, First Nights, and even the zoo.

Brad has also led workshops at over 30 different colleges and universities on “Exploring Songwriting” and other topics including performance, and creative choices for working artists, encouraging student songwriters to find their own unique voices. It’s Brad’s unique mix of humorous, poetic, political, funky and edgy original songs, covering a musical range from folk to indie rock (with unexpected musical and lyrical twists), that has earned him a loyal following ranging from kids in single digits through retirees.


General contact info. Booking info.
Brad Yoder
brad@bradyoder.com
(412) 731.3372
7211Thomas Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15208 United States
Brad Yoder
brad@bradyoder.com
(412) 731.3372

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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