Eddie Schaeffer plays guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals with the group.
Born and raised in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Ed began by playing classical guitar. This evolved into banjo pickin': Ed played with Mike Turner, Jeff Wooley, and Matt Koch in Reading's Ripe & Ragged band during the 70's. Ed then turned to the Martin guitar which allowed him to sing and write songs.
In the 80's, Ed moved to Silver Spring, Maryland. There, he formed his bluegrass band Rattlesnake Hill, named after a ridge in Pine Forge where he was born. A host of Washington DC area pickers have passed through this band including some nationally and regionally known musicians: Fred Travers, Phil Rosenthal, Dan Cassidy, Mark Vann, Mike Phipps, Willie Oldes, Ben Eldridge, Tom McLaughlin, Jack Sanbower, Carl Nelson, Carol Hausner, Warren Reeder.
Ed played the “Appalachian Jubilee”, a country show in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, for about six years; this show was recorded and radio syndicated. Recordings, such as Hard Drivin', Honeysuckle and Featuring Warren Reeder were produced from these live recordings. Ed has also recorded a host of Fred Moore originals; ten of these were done bluegrass style on an album called 19th Century Man.
In addition to Rattlesnake Hill Bluegrass Band, Ed and his partner Barry Wendell comprise an acoustic group called All Mixed Up; they've been singing harmonies for over 20 years, and their repertoire includes a mix of swing era jazz/pop standards, rock and roll, folk revival, originals, and show tunes. All Mixed Up has four albums including a Christmas album: Acoustic Christmas.
Finally, Ed also plays acoustic and electric basses in a jazz band called Undercover Jazz, a quartet consisting of piano, drums, guitar, and bass. Undercover Jazz has played in the DC area for over 12 years.Contact Eddie