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DAN CRARY

  • Native of Kansas City, Missouri. Lives in Placerville, CA.
  • Also known as “Deacon Dan Crary.” He is regarded as one of the top flat-pick guitarists in bluegrass, one of the early pioneers of the style.
  • 1970, was a founding member of the Bluegrass Alliance (originators of the “Newgrass” style).
  • 1973, recorded first solo project Bluegrass Guitar (American Heritage/Sugar Hill).
  • 1974, moved to California (to teach at Cal State Fullerton). There he met fiddler Byron Berline and together formed the band Sundance with John Hickman (banjo) and Jack Skinner (bass). Recorded for MCA records.
  • 1974-2004, besides performing as a professional musician, he was a professor of speech communications at Cal State Fullerton. He has two earned doctorates: the first in theology, the second in speech communications.
  • 1975-1995, he had a twenty-year partnership with fiddler Byron Berline and banjo player John Hickman. They performed together as Sundance, BCH and California.
  • 1992, his Thunderation album won the NAIRD Indie Award for “Best String Music Recording.”
  • 1994, released Jammed If I Do album (Sugar Hill).
  • 1999, with banjo player Lonnie Hoppers formed “Crary, Hoppers and their American Band..”
  • 2002, began touring and recording with Italian guitarist Beppe Gambetta.
  • 2003, won an IBMA Award for his writing (Best Liner Notes for BCH album, Chambergrass: Decade of Tunes From Edges Bluegrass).
  • 2007, produced a concert/movie project called Primal Twang: The Legacy of the Guitar featuring Doc Watson, Eric Johnson, Doyle Dykes, Albert Lee, Mason Williams and others legendary guitarists.
  • 2009, began performing with his new band Thunderation.
  • 2011, released Perfect Storm album (Blue Night Records).
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