The Plate Scrapers
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“The string band traditions are strong and honored for sure. But when they color outside the lines, The Plate Scrapers make you glad that everything isn’t black and white! These guys play and sing with imagination and abandon.” -Gigspots
“They have honed their masterpiece to be so familiar, yet setting themselves apart in the bluegrass scene.”
– Avey Music
The Plate Scrapers originated in 2014 in western Maryland the way any good bluegrass band does: from a bunch of fellers pickin’ around in a circle, surrounded by delicious plates of food, strong libations, and good friends. The traditional spirit of The Plate Scrapers is still innately intact nearly half a decade later, though they have evolved into far more than your average bluegrass band. Through diverse backgrounds and influences ranging from jazz, to hard rock, to funk, the band has taken their music to an eclectic new level.
Having self-released two live albums and two studio albums, toured in fifteen states, and performed in direct support for Keller Williams, Larry Keel, We Banjo 3, and more, they have made themselves a household name in their local region of the mid-atlantic. Their music has been featured on nationwide radio stations such as WAMU Bluegrass Country, WDVX Blue Plate Special and local magazine Appalachian Jamwich.
The Plate Scrapers’ songwriting is the identifying characteristic of the band. Complimenting writing styles from multiple members offer a tasteful balance and refreshing diversity to their sound, a diversity which they thoroughly excersize. Folksy lyrics of songs like “Shoes” or “Moonlight” call to a time of friendship, nostalgia and adventure, while songs like “Trucker’s Aspirin” or “Easy Way Out” are darker tales, gritty in nature.
Crafted musicianship and creative chemistry on stage guarantees that each performance is a new experience. More recently, the band has been known to take advantage of the sound shaping tools of modern music to enhance their traditional folk instruments whether it results in a screaming dobro or a sonically-warping banjo. Fans and critics alike agree that things are moving in a positive direction for The Plate Scrapers.
The Plate Scrapers are currently working on their third studio record, with new and different material, and are setting their sites on touring the Western US in the near future. These guys are committed to what they do and have no intentions of slowing down.
Katie Powderly has been on PBS & NPR, and has toured from New York to Colorado, Texas to Tennessee. She has shared bills with Tony Rice, Del McCoury Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Steel Wheels, The Black Lillies, Lake Street Dive, Langhorne Slim, The David Mayfield Parade, and many others. Her singing and harmonies have been likened to Gillian Welch (Isthmus, Madison, WI) and Gram Parsons (City Paper, Rochester, NY.)