A mandolin master’s salute to keeping your day job

By day, Johnny Staats is a UPS package car driver. The rest of the time, he is a world-class bluegrass mandolin, guitar, and violin player. In an infectious bluegrass performance with electric fingers, he raises a salute to those who follow both dreams and reality.

TED@UPS Speaker: Johnny Staats

A UPS driver… a world-class bluegrass mandolin, guitar and violin player.

He won Charleston’s Vandalia Gathering Mandolin Championships in 1996, 1997, and 1999. In 1997, he also won the guitar title and placed third in the fiddle competition.

At all other times, he is a world-class bluegrass mandolin, guitar, and violin player. He has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, in People Magazine, on the CBS Evening News, and CNN, and has appeared on stage at the Grand Ole Opry five times.

Johnny joined his first band, Bluegrass Heritage, at the age of nine.

His most recent album, Time Moves On, with his band the Delivery Boys, features contemporary bluegrass combined with country and blues influences. He was born and raised in West Virginia and currently resides in Sandyville, West Virginia.

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