There are two talented performers who, as far as I can tell, are occasional Reckoners: Alison Prestwood and Fats Kaplin. (Hey, I’m just a fan, I don’t know everything.) They bring a lot to the Dead Reckoning table, touring as part of the group and playing on the individual label members’ CDs.
Alison Prestwood started her career playing in clubs in Atlanta for a dozen years. Upon moving to Nashville, she was hired to tour with Rodney Crowell (not a bad start!).
As Nashville’s only female session bassist, she’s recorded with Chris LeDoux, Julie Miller, Trace Adkins, David Ball, Jim Lauderdale, and Blake Shelton, among numerous others, as well as on several records of the various Dead Reckoners.
Alison’s a member of the Idle Jets, a group of Nashville session superstars whose music has been compared to Crowded House, Squeeze and XTC. The group has put out a well-received power-pop record, Atomic Fireball.
She’s played live with Shawn Colvin, Patty Loveless, and others. In addition to country and pop, she’s also reportedly an excellent jazz player.
Fats Kaplin can play almost anything–fiddle, accordian, dobro, pedal steel guitar, harmonica, pennywhistle–you name it!
In the ’70s he teamed up with Roy Book Binder and as a duo they recorded two highly acclaimed albums for Blue Goose records. In the early ’90s he was part of the Tom Russell Band, and he’s also a longtime member of The Tractors. More recently, he’s played on the Judds’ reunion tour, and has also teamed up with the Manhattan Transfer, Nanci Griffith, Jason and the Scorchers, Tish Hinojosa, Trisha Yearwood, and, of course, albums by the various Dead Reckoners.
He’s married to “pulp country” singer Kristi Rose, with whom he sometimes tours. And rumor has it he makes a mean grape jelly!