While hailed as one of the best local bluegrass bands in LA , Murphy’s Flaw’s musical repertoire spans the whole panoply of American roots music: folk, country, rockabilly, jazz, pop, blues, gospel, and western swing. It’s no wonder given the band is comprised of versatile group of seasoned musicians of varied backgrounds—musical and otherwise.
- Bassist/vocalist, Arlo Zoos, a fixture of LA’s music scene since the 1980s, played with local reggae and ska bands. In addition, she’s a licensed social worker (and the band’s psychotherapist).
- John Bryan and Frank Harper, who trade off banjo and guitar duties and vocals, are veterans of folk and rock bands. They also share journalism and video backgrounds and met through an employee outplacement workshop.
- Dobro player par excellence, Gary Friedman, who taught music in the public schools for many years, plays guitar in a jazz orchestra and is a highly regarded painter and children’s book illustrator.
- Although he plays fiddle with Murphy’s Flaw and several other bands, Hiro Goto, a graduate of the famed Berklee School of Music, is also a classically trained violinist, a sound engineer, as well as a gourmet chef.
- Mandolinist/vocalist Buzz Brown, who’s “high lonesome” vocals anchors the band’s traditional bluegrass sound, hails from Northern California where he played in bluegrass bands. Buzz’s formerly was a fishing boat captain sailing up and down the Pacific Coast from Alaska to California.
Murphy’s Flaw’s current line-up, together now for four years, has played at a variety of venues: theme parks, concert halls, festivals, fairs, museums, restaurants, cafés, taverns, television shows and films.
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