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About the video
Johnny Staats & The Delivery Boys at Bob Evans Farm Festival in Ohio, October
2006, performing "Catch Me if You Can".
About the artist
Johnny Staats grew up in a musical family in West Virginia and got his first
mandolin at age seven. By the age of nine, he was in his first band, and in his
teens he began appearing at local competitions. When he graduated from high
school in 1988, he married and took a job as a U.P.S. deliveryman, but he
continued to play and attend bluegrass festivals in his spare time.
He won he Ohio State Guitar Championship in 1992 and again in 1993. In 1995,
his Crossroads Band won the band competition at Winterhawk, NY, and he won
the guitar competition at MerleFest. He took the mandolin championship a the
Vandalia Gathering in Charleston, WV, in 1996, 1997, and 1999; in 1997, he
also won the guitar championship and came in third in the fiddle championship.
With that, he was featured on the Mountain Stage radio series and people in
Nashville began touting his talents.
After recording a series of demos with Nashville bluegrass stars, he was signed
to Giant Records, which released his debut album, Wires & Wood, in 2000,
credited to the Johnny Staats Project. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi