The Knuckle Dusters

Bluegrass Band from Washington, DC - Will travel up to 100 miles
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76 VERIFIED BOOKINGS
MEMBER SINCE 2002

$300 - $3500 per event
About
Search Google/Yahoo for "THE KNUCKLE DUSTERS - HOME PAGE." Many songs & videos at our site! AMERICANA, OLD TIME FIDDLE, BLUEGRASS, RAGTIME, COUNTRY, ROCKABILLY, BLUES & FOLK music. We're also on YouTube. Covering DC to NY and beyond. One of Gigmasters' best bands -- reliable, professional & with great client feedback! MORE INFO: The Knuckle Dusters have performed at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the B&O Railroad Museum, Nationals Park, the Textile Museum, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, the Carroll County Farm Museum, the Central Park Zoo in NYC, for numerous music festivals in DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia, and for dozens and dozens of weddings, corporate functions and private events. The Knuckle Dusters are in their 22nd year as an American roots band.

VISIT OUR BAND's WEBSITE for complete video and song downloads! GIGMASTERS ONLY ALLOWS LIMITED SONG SAMPLES AND VIDEOS TO BE POSTED. WE'LL BE GLAD TO SECURE THE BOOKING THROUGH GIGMASTERS once you've fully previewed our music!

When searching YouTube videos... search for THE KNUCKLE DUSTERS LIVE playlist. You can browse concert videos from several top venues.

The combo currently features Scott Spearly (guitar, vocals, harmonica), Paul Mackrell (banjo, guitar, vocals), Richard Pryor (mandolin, fiddle), Robbie Caruthers (fiddle). Matthew Spearly (upright bass) joins the band when available. The Knuckle Dusters have been featured in Jazziz Magazine and several other online and print newspapers/publications. The group has recorded both live and in the studio. In 2008, The Knuckle Dusters were awarded the Rising Star award from Gigmasters.

Performing in most 20th century American genres, the Knuckle Dusters incorporate Old Time Fiddle/Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Blues, Texas Swing, Acoustic Rock & Roll, Classic Country, Ragtime, Folk, and originals into their sets. They will customize their performance for your event. Their schedule often includes festivals, theaters, performing arts centers, museums, hotels, weddings, dance halls, taverns, dinner clubs, civil-war re-enactments, and an otherwise diverse range of private and public events.

PRICING AND QUOTES: Many factors can affect our fee. The number of musicians hired, length of performance, traveling distance, sound equipment needs, and special accommodations all play a role. We try to be fair, normally charging a simple flat fee for all events which are in short driving distance (under 2 hours), and require a 1-3 hour performance slot... Though we are flexible with performance times as needed for events.

The songs and videos in our press kit are a small handful of samples... it's impossible to include them all. We know hundreds of tunes!!! Please visit our website for complete listings by genre and style.
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50+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
A GigMasters member for 10+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2018!
2008 - Top Rockabilly Band

Club Event

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They had a wonderful performance, couldn't be happier.

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The Knuckle Dusters’s Response:

Thank you Ken and Fernando at the Canary Grill in Berkeley Springs WV. What a GREAT restaurant and bar, and the staff and food was incredible! We were happy to be invited for their 1st St. Paddy's Day celebration, the guests all seemed to genuinely enjoy, and we're glad to have been invited back to perform music from our Americana repertoire. We'll see you again soon at The Canary Grill!

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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The band was perfect and fit our needs for the party. They interacted well with people at the party and could not have been happier. Thanks so much!

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The Knuckle Dusters’s Response:

Craig and Kristen, thank you for including us in your event at The Hershey Vineyards and Brewery. What a classy room and venue, and you weren't kidding when you said there might be some dancing.... Sheesh! You guys could all cut-a-rug! And thanks for the eats and libations, we never ask for or expect such, but appreciate the kind gesture... both make for happy and well-fueled musicians, which plainly feeds into a better music experience for all. Best regards, The Knuckle Dusters.

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Celebration

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The Knuckle Duaters are a fantastic band! They started promptly on time and we're easy to coordinate plans with. They were all very good musicians who sounded first rate! Their music was perfect for our event. They're a great band I would definitely use again for future events.

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The Knuckle Dusters’s Response:

Zac & Heather ... thanks for having us perform for Sunrise Village at Montgomery (assisted living facility). Having just played a concert the night before at The Center for the Performing Arts in Luray, Virginia --- honestly the audience at Sunrise was equally warm, enjoyable and responsive. What a great room to play in, and great folks and staff. I hope your grandfather and fellow residents thoroughly enjoyed themselves. That was really quite a gift and feat for you to coordinate all the way from South Africa. Thanks again to you and your family. Enjoy your visit stateside! Scott Spearly & The Knuckle Dusters

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Wedding Reception

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We had a great experience with the band. The music was just what we wanted, a mix of bluegrass and Irish. They did a great job and were very professional and friendly to work with. Scott was always quick to respond and helpful with our questions along the way. We received lots of compliments on our choice of band and are glad we choose the Knuckle Dusters. They helped make our wedding fun and festive! We'd recommend them to anyone looking for a good bluegrass band.

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The Knuckle Dusters’s Response:

Thank you, Susan, for your kind review. Thinking back on the many fine weddings for which we have performed, yours was an especially beautiful and well-planned event. We are always glad to play our part for these occasions. Thank you for including us in your ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner reception. We were also glad our music was so well received and appreciated. Your family and friends all treated us with graciousness and kindness, making us feel very relaxed and comfortable as musicians.

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Fraternity Function

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Showed up early, set up, started on time. Fantastic performance, wide range of songs, great group of guys. We will be asking them to perform again.

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The Knuckle Dusters’s Response:

Thank you Walter. We much appreciated the opportunity to play for James Madison University alumni at your wonderful lodge/resort. We are glad you and your guests enjoyed our music selections and performance for your event. Great surroundings and a pleasant audience always makes it easy to be at our best. Thanks for taking such great care of us!

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Fundraiser

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The Knuckle Dusters answered a very last minute call to perform for a local fundraiser. While the crowd was smaller than projected, they were professional and played their hearts out. We can't wait to have them back!

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The Knuckle Dusters’s Response:

Thank you Don, the Waynesboro Country Club, and the Redneck Outlaw charitable organization for including us in this event to raise money for kids with cancer and their families. Regardless of the last minute decision and 1st time crowd size, people were having good fun for a great cause and I'm sure the events exposure will only grow. We look forward to playing for you next year. Best regards.... The Knuckle Dusters.

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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The Knucke Dusters were amazing ! They are very talented musicians and are very accomedating and kind people to work with. Many of our party guests want to hire them again to play another time . I would 100% recommend them !

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The Knuckle Dusters’s Response:

Hilary --- thanks for these kind words, and for making us feel at home at your mother's 75th birthday celebration. Very nice lady and you are blessed with enthusiastic friends and neighbors. We enjoyed performing for you in such a lovely and intimate setting. While Baltimore and DC serve as our primary market, it was a beautiful day to drive down I-81 to Winchester, Va. Thanks for taking such fine care of us with food and drink. Best regards, Scott Spearly and The Knuckle Dusters.

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The Knuckledusters were amazing! They are professional and delightful on many levels. I would definitely hire them again. They even learned a new song just for us. AMAZING! A. Keefe

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The Knuckle Dusters’s Response:

Thank you Patrick and Amanda. We were honored that you elected to hire us over other bands you were considering from Baltimore. We have played many, many weddings over the years but never an orthodox Jewish wedding. And learning the traditonal song HAVA NAGILA was fun for us. Your family and guests were very gracious and entertaining --- GREAT DANCERS!!! Thanks Again. Scott Spearly (The Knuckle Dusters)

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Saint Patrick's Day Party

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Just the best!!! The Knuckle Dusters played our St. Patrick's Day party, and man were they a hit!!! They are lively, entertaining musicians who clearly love to perform and engage their audiences. They tailored their playlist to fit our theme, and they created such atmosphere with their set. We felt as though we were standing in a Dublin pub. Our guests ranted and raved about their talents, skills and jocular manners. The band mixed really well with our friends and family, and everyone wanted to know where we found them. The Knuckle Dusters were an absolute pleasure to work with, and we wholeheartedly recommend them. We will definitely invite them back again.

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The Knuckle Dusters’s Response:

Wow ... Thank you Trish and Mark for your kind review. You're blessed with a lovely family, home and good health. It was a true pleasure entertaining your friends and loved ones. As you know we're more of a Variety/Americana band, but we keep a dozen or more Irish tunes in our repertoire, and we're always adding to that for the great events we get to play on St. Patty's day each year. And thanks for the great food and libations as well... we never expect this in our contracting, but it's much appreciated and certainly helps us to play at our very best. YES, we look forward to playing for you again!!!

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School Assembly

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Our school received a grant to host a square dance for our 8th and 9th grade students. We needed callers, dancers and live musicians. The Knuckle Dusters were able to provide all three along with the Rock & Candy dancers. They instructed and performed live music for two seperate assemblies, and got many students and teachers involved. The band was on site well before our event was scheduled, and they conducted themselves professionally from beginning to end. We would recommend The Knuckle Dusters to any school or private party looking for professional and fun entertainment. Thanks Knuckle Dusters!

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Community Event
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
2019
Jun
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Birthday Party (Kids)
Fulton, MD
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2019
May
18
Private Party
Round Hill, VA
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2019
Mar
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Club Event
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2018
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Celebration
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6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
2018
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Wedding Reception
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2018
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Community Event
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Family Reunion
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2017
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2017
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Celebration
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2017
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18
Birthday Party (Adult)
Hershey, PA
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2016
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13
Birthday Party (Adult)
Winchester, VA
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Please visit our website www.knuckledusters.com
We know way too much music to list here. These are just a few country/rockabilly/traditional examples; we know several hundred songs & instrumentals, with hours of FREE music samples in MP3 format organized by style & genre at our site.
Hot Rod Lincoln
Commander Cody
Rock This Town
The Stray Cats
Mind Your Own Business
Hank Williams
Tear In My Beer
Hank Williams
Take Me Back To Tulsa
Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys
Get Off My Cloud
The Rolling Stones
Far Away Eyes
The Rolling Stones
Don't Think Twice
Bob Dylan
Friend of The Devil
The Grateful Dead
Long Haired Redneck
David Allen Coe
The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised
Johnny Paycheck
Sometimes She Forgets
Steve Earle
Walkin After Midnight
Patsy Cline
I Fall to Pieces
Patsy Cline
Where Am I Gonna Live When I Get Home
Billy Ray Cyrus
Smoke That Cigarette
Comander Cody
Call Up Trudy
Charlie Daniels
Hit The Road Jack
Ray Charles
My Gal Is Red Hot
Sam the Sham and The Pharoahs
Cotton Eyed Joe
Traditional/Bluegrass
Old Joe clark
Traditional/Bluegrass
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Traditional/Bluegrass
Blackberry Blossom
Traditional/Bluegrass
Sweet Georgia Brown
Traditional/Jazz/Swing
Bluegrass Band
Celtic Band
Country Band
Ragtime Band
Swing Band
Variety Band
Irish Band
Rockabilly Band
Americana Band
Honky Tonk Band
Acoustic Band
Folk Band
Wedding Band
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Quinceañeras
Please note The Knuckle Dusters will also travel to Mount Rainier, Brentwood, Hyattsville, Bladensburg, Arlington, Capital Heights, Capitol Heights, Takoma Park, Adelphi Chillum, Cheverly, College Park, New Carrollton, Riverdale, Suitland, Alexandria, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, District Heights, Oxon Hill, Silver Spring, Temple Hills, Falls Church, Greenbelt, Lanham, Beltsville, Glen Echo, Kensington, Mc Lean, Southern Md Facility, Upper Marlboro.
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