What happens when you mix two college professors, a retired junior high teacher and an elementary school music consultant together? You get Reckoning, a band of hot bluegrass and rock veterans playing their unique style of music called DeadGrass. This repertoire of lively bluegrass stompers, harmony vocals and bouncy ballads consists of classics from the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Old and in the Way and the Jerry Garcia Band.
Mark Wilpolt (mandolin), Lloyd Foote (banjo/guitar), Campbell Church (guitar) and Paul Friedlander (Fender bass) have been performing and recording music individually for a long, long time—over 150 years performing combined. In 2009, Mark decided to gather some of his favorite musicians together to play DeadGrass, and Reckoning was born. Since then, they and have been playing festivals (Chico World Music Festival twice, Chico Legends and the Burning Man Equinox Festival), clubs (Cafés Coda, Flo, Lost on Main and the Women’s Club) and benefits (Cancer, Chico Grange and KZFR).
Mark is a math instructor at Chico State and Butte College and has played an incredible diversity of genres including Brazilian, swing, bluegrass and Hawaiian. Lloyd a retire junior high social studies teacher, was an original member of seminal Chico bands 8th Avenue String Band and Make It So and graced the Strawberry Music Festival stage many times to share the bill with numerous bluegrass luminaries.
Lead guitarist Campbell, an elementary school music consultant started 20 years ago with his San Francisco-based Dead cover band Dog Named Blue, playing at the Maritime Hall and Berkeley’s Starry Plough and sharing the stage with Zero, Mother Hips and David Gans. Paul taught rock music history and music business at Chico State, founded the a’capella doo-wop group the Tones and played in the Oregon-based Turkey Run back in the day. His bands have opened for Chuck Berry, The Kingsmen, Sons of Champlin and the Average White Band.