When Acoustic musicians find synergy, it’s special. When the result of that synergy is unexpected, with improvised twists and turns, the ride is exciting, amusing and ultimately satisfying. Plow is the result of four men finding common musical ground, then deciding to break new ground and bring their own personal and shared musical expressions to listeners.
Photographs by Dennis Andersen
Guitar, Mandolin & Vocals
“Big” Joe is a gentle giant both in stature and guitar-pickin’. He glides through those burning tempos like a hot knife through butter. He’ll also fill your ears with a sweet vocal harmony when you’re not looking. Learn this name: Po•mi•an•ek
Mandolin, Guitar & Vocals
Our fearless band leader and road manager, Chris Clarke, is responsible for the existence of this group. His mandolin is tuned to Bill Monroe and his voice tells those old familiar stories as though they just happened.
String Bass & Vocals
Doing it on the left-hand side, Doug puts the dog in dog- house bass. His jazz-minded solo breaks may come as a surprise, but don’t let that stop you from striking up a conversation with your neighbor, or heading over for another round of drinks.
Banjo & Vocals
Born on a train, Jason Weiss and his conjoined twin, the banjo, have been together ever since that fateful day. Jason may be known as “San Diego’s favorite banjo player,” but his banjo is lesser known as “every instrument’s favorite Jason-utilizer.”
Fiddle & Mandolin
From his humble beginnings as a founding member of Plow, John is now studying at Berklee College of Music, and is well on his way to becoming the most sought-after fiddler in history. He can be heard on the Debut CD, as well as the occasional live set with Plow (and many other bands) whenever he’s back in town.