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, potent libations, and good friends. The traditional spirit of The Plate Scrapers is still innately intact nearly eight years later, though they have evolved into far more than your average bluegrass band. Instead, the band has taken its music to an eclectic new level through diverse backgrounds and influences ranging from jazz to hard rock to funk.
The Plate Scrapers are Derek Kretzer (banjo), Andrew Jordan (guitar), Robbie Mann (fiddle), Jody Mosser(dobro), and Kevin Johnson (bass). They have released three studio and three live albums and toured relentlessly up and down the east coast and into the midwest. In 2019, they won the Podunk Bluegrass Telefunken Band Contest. In addition, they have been featured on WAMU Bluegrass Country Radio and performed as an IBMA Official Showcase artist. Their latest release, Destination Horizon (2020), debuted at #9 on the Bluegrass Album Billboard charts with rave reviews from Bluegrass Today.