About the Band
North Carolina can once again be credited for producing great bluegrass. Hailing from just south of Charlotte, Deeper Shade of Blue is comprised of Jim Fraley (banjo/vocals), Jason Fraley (mandolin/vocals), Troy Pope (guitar/vocals), Frank Poindexter (dobro), and Scott Burgess (bass). The band has been together just over 17 years and has self-produced six albums. A quick search on YouTube will no doubt prove why this band has been a favorite in their home state for years. With their tight harmony singing, they’ve been lauded as a top notch vocal group and one that regional festivals have added to their lineup consistently.
Jim Fraley has the most experience in bluegrass and gospel music of the group and has been playing for over 40 years. He has won multiple awards including the NC State Banjo Championship in 1977, the Snuffy Jenkins Award in 1991 and many more. Jim's resume includes playing with Mac Wiseman, Clyde Moody, and Chubby Wise. He has been a member of bands including Pinetuckett, Lincoln County Partners, The Boyd Brothers, Bluegrass Travelers, and his own group Code Blue.
Jason is Jim's oldest son and has been involved in bluegrass music throughout his life. His first glimpse if bluegrass music was the night he was brought home from the hospital as a newborn. Band practice was at his house that night. He was just eight years old when his Dad first tried to teach him the banjo, but at that time, his only interest was the guitar. At age eleven, his musical interest shifted to the mandolin which has been his main focus ever since. He spent High School in the marching and concert bands playing trombone and various instruments, and spent his senior year as the drum major. Jason's vocals took shape with his high school Honor's Chamber Ensemble. He earned awards like the Marine Band Recipient and Superior ratings for solo performances. His first stage appearance was with the Jones Brothers and the Log Cabin Boys and was later asked to play guitr for the "All Star" teen bluegrass band, Remington Ride. He also performed with "No Other Name", "Bluegrass 76" and now gladly plays alongside his Dad in DSOB.
Troy brings to the band his powerful lead vocals. Having been raised in his Father's church, he acquired a deep background in gospel music that adds to the unique arrangements of the bands material. He has sang with his family his whole life and with other groups as well. Troy's big smile and personality, along with his well known vocals have helped make A Deeper Shade of Blue what it is today.
Frank is no stranger when it comes to the acoustic music scene. He is an accomplished and champion Dobro player. He has recorded and performed with many of the worlds greatest musicians in all sorts of genres from bluegrass to country and rock to movie soundtracks. Frank has played on the Grand Old Opry stage and with the late, great Vassar Clements, Dickie Betts, Larry Rice and Brothers Leon and Walt from the All American Music Tour. Frank has also released two solo projects, and has recorded with the Rice Brothers, including several of the late Larry Rice projects. He has toured Japan twice, Europe with nephews Wyatt and Larry, Richie Simpkins, Sammy Shelor and Ronnie Simpkins. His dobro playing is included in two movie soundtracks as well.
Scott grew up with bluegrass music. Both of his parents played bluegrass and his earliest memories include going to church with them as they played various churches and small venues around home. His first regular group was a family band with his two brothers and their mother called Right Track. They performed from 1996 until 2005. After a short break from music, Kevin Richardson asked him to help him form KRACE which enjoyed regional success from 2009-2015. A Deeper Shade of Blue reached out to Scott in April 2015, and Scott says he was excited to join such an incredibly talented group of musicians. In each band, he had sung lead, tenor and played bass. He enjoys writing songs, and is honored to have had several of his songs recorded and played on various stations including Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction. "Bluegrass is the purest form of acoustic music. I apprecite the opportunity to play music with great friends."