The Band 2017-09-10T18:03:28+00:00

Band Members

Meet the guys! We all hope to have a chance to meet you at an upcoming performance.

Rich plays banjo, sings lead vocals and limited baritone harmony.

Rich started playing folk style banjo in college, put it aside for many years and began playing bluegrass banjo in 2002. His primary instrumental influences have been Earl Scruggs, J. D. Crowe, Sonny Osborne, and Bill Evans. Rich began playing in bluegrass jams in 2004 and has led various bluegrass jams in the East Bay since 1999, mostly at the Dublin Heritage Park in Dublin, CA.

Rich has also played in other local bluegrass bands for several years, including the Dublin Bluegrass Band and The Makins.

Rich Stieg

Rick Owen

Rick plays upright bass and sings both lead and baritone vocals.

Rick is a newcomer to playing bluegrass, but he knew it was always the music he would eventually get around to playing. After years of playing musical theater, Rick has finally crawled out of the darkness of the orchestra pit and has seen the light. Influences include the vocals of Lester Flatt and Carter Stanley and the bass playing of Jake Turlock.

Bob started playing his first guitar, a nylon string Aria, while in high school in the late 60’s.  While most guitar players were learning Beatles tunes, Bob enjoyed playing songs by Tom Paxton, Peter Paul & Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, and Bob Dylan.

Family life and work consumed much of his time for the next 30 years. It wasn’t until, quite by chance, that he stumbled upon a local bluegrass jam group playing a John Prine tune.  He was hooked.  Rhythm/Flatpick Guitar  is his primary instrument but after toying with the idea on and off for several years, Bob recently broke down and bought his first mandolin. Stay tuned…

Bob Gisler

Dave Cole

Dave plays guitar and sings both lead and tenor harmony vocals.

More to come soon…

Art plays both fiddle and mandolin and sings lead on occasion.

Art started playing the mandolin at 7 or 8 to back up his older brother who was a fiddler like their father. It wasn’t long though before he was playing fiddle and his early claim to fame was playing fiddle on the radio in a student country western group when he was 12 in Ft. Worth.

Art has played  in a number of different groups over the years and he also played in fiddle contests with considerable success, placing in the top 5 in his division at the National Fiddle contest 9 times and winning 1st place in the senior division in 2005.

We’re also proud to announce that Art was California State Fiddle Champion for his division in 2014, second in his division in 2015 and 2016, and once again Champion of his division in 2017!

Art Kee