The Tail Draggers

John Mailander: Fiddle, Mandolin | Jason Weiss: Banjo, Vocals | Michael Williams: Guitar (acoustic), Vocals | Given Harrison: Mandolin, Upright bass, Vocals

Genre: Bluegrass & Roots, Country

RIYL: Bluegrass, doghouse, jug band, western swing, and country music.

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Inception: San Diego, 2008

Current Status: Playing Monday nights from 7-10 at Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub and Grill in Carlsbad as well as various shows around town.

Influences: David Grissman, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury, Buck Owens, Old and in the Way, the Dillards, Hank Williams Sr., Bob Wills, Jimmy Rogers, Jim Kweskin, and Dan Hicks.


The Tail Draggers originally got together to play a gig for some private pilots having a barbecue in a hanger at Montgomery Field. Deciding to reflect that first gig with their name, they called themselves Captain Noonan and the Tail Draggers in reference to Amelia Earhart's navigator on her last flight and the type of plane in which they were lost. As time passed, they found themselves using the shortened name the Tail Draggers.

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