The Plate Scrapers are an energetic string band out of Western Maryland performing their own intriguing and captivating originals as well as a tasteful selection of covers and bluegrass favorites.
This passion-driven quartet consisting of Evan Bell (upright bass), Brett Kretzer (Mandolin, Vocals) Derek Kretzer (Banjo, Vocals) and Andrew Jordan (Guitar, Vocals) draws influence from their wide background in music including folk, jam, jazz, blues, americana and of course above all, bluegrass.
In their relatively short time as a band, The Plate Scrapers have gained a reputation from their live performances as solid musicians who are sure to have you singing along right before they break it down with some serious picking. Through their charisma on stage, it's obvious that these guys genuinely love what they do. That charisma does not disappear as soon as the mics are unplugged however; The Plate Scrapers are immensely appreciative of their fans, and show it by often leading them in all out bluegrass jams complete with beer drinking, picking, and grinning.
The Plate Scrapers are becoming a more familiar name every day. They have taken multiple tours building their fan base throughout the entire southeast US, and have supported respectable acts such as Larry Keel, Rumpke Mountain Boys, and Cabinet. In February of 2015, they proudly released their debut studio album, "Contact," which has since been featured on nationwide radio programs such as WDVX (Knoxville, TN) and WAMU (Washington, DC) and regional magazine, Appalachian Jamwich.