Jeff Daugherty has had a life steeped in the tradition of folk, Americana & bluegrass music. Some of his earliest memories are of bluegrass festivals throughout the Southeast Untied States, sitting on his grandfather’s knee taking in all the sounds. After trying his hand, and fingers, at guitar and five string banjo, Jeff became an accomplished mandolin player.
Jeff later spent five years on lead vocals and mandolin duty of the Cheyenne, Wyoming based band BeatGrass. As a group they played throughout the Rocky Mountain region of the United States, including sold-out performances at the University of Wyoming and numerous festival headlining slots. They had great opportunities to share the bill with such pioneers as Sam Bush and Leftover Salmon, as well as modern day torch bearers as The Hillbenders and Wood & Wire.
In 2013 they released a self titled album that became the second best selling album in Wyoming, just behind Black Sabbath! BeatGrass was just hitting full stride when their banjo player and friend, “Uncle Pete” Mergard, suddenly passed away from a massive heart attack and they all decided to call it quits. After BeatGrass, Jeff became a highly sought after mandolin player around Northern Colorado. Quickly filling his calendar with fill-in gigs and recording dates for a wide range of musical acts.
In 2014 Jeff won the prestigious John Hartford Memorial Songwriting Competition with his song, Dear John, a song written for his fallen band member. With this honor Jeff was granted a performance on the mainstage at Bill Monroe’s Music Park in Bean Blossom, Indiana. Upon winning this title Jeff’s solo career took off! His time was quickly shifted from fill-in gigs and backup mandolin playing to penning new songs and theatre shows standing in the spotlight alone.
Jeff now lives in Waldfischbach, Germany where he still actively plays music & teaches private students spreading the . In January 2016 he released his first solo album, Dreams & Ruins. The success of this debut album has lead to many great performances, including a tour back in the United States.