The Old Yellers began in early 2001 when founding members Michael Berly and Matty V Hartless came together with the goal to write great songs built around vocal harmonies and well crafted stories. The idea was to write songs with a message that could be felt and understood by nearly anyone. They were soon joined by friends Diego Joyeux and Tim Connell and this core group has been playing together in one form or another ever since.
In the years that followed, albums were made, tours were undertaken, fun was had and many great musicians would take their turn coming in and adding to the overall magic. It is difficult to label them any one thing, because at times they have seemed more Rock and Roll, or Alt-Country, or Americana, or Folk Rock, but there is and always has been, a consistency, a uniqueness, something special, that has woven itself throughout the path they have traveled. Whether you call them The Old Yellers or The Yellers, they are are at heart, an American band, writing and performing their own original music, that above all, strives to evolve the consciousness of the global community and generate a real revolution of spirit.
Jack Dwyer is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and teacher based in Portland, OR. He performs and teaches around the country with various musical projects and works on the Adjunct Music Faculty of Lewis and Clark College.
Jack's latest musical adventures are as mandolinist in the Scott Law Bluegrass Dimension, a Northwest powergroup featuring Scott Law, Sam Grisman, Luke Price, and occasional member Sam Howard. The group has been playing together in this configuration since the spring 2013, and has appeared at venues and festivals around the Northwest including, Wintergrass, String Summit, and the Oregon Country Fair.
In January 2013, Jack collaborated with fellow Portland mandolinist and Lewis and Clark adjunct Tim Connell to release Mando Planet, a collection of instrumental world music mandolin duets. They performed a few months later at the 2013 Wintergrass Festival and continue to bring their music to new audiences as Mando Planet.
Jack performs regularly under his own name with various Portland area musicians. In 2013 he released Collected Songs Vol. 1, an EP of original songs available for stream and download at jackdwyer.bandcamp.com