Dick began his musical journey at age 8, taking guitar lessons during
summer vacation. Two years later at the Berkshire Mountain Bluegrass
Festival he became extremely interested in the upright bass and bluegrass
music. During his teenage years he studied jazz and classical bass
with Joe Holovnia and was a member of the prestigious Greater Boston
Youth Symphony Orchestra. Feeling the need to make his own stamp on
music he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston studying jazz
and solo classical bass. Also at this time he started playing bluegrass
professionally with Bear Acker and Billings Gap. 1991 was a busy recording
time as Bob performed on recordings by Billings Gap, Rabbit in a Log
and Rick Lang. Later in 1991 he attended the International Bluegrass
Music Association trade show in Kentucky with the duo Rabbit in a
Log. A group from Colorado named Front Range was also at the event
and saw Bob play the bass. This began a 13-year stint that included
recording five albums for Sugar Hill Records, shows in over 40 states,
and several European tours. In 1995 Front Range won the IBMA gospel
recorded event of the year for their recording “One Beautiful
Day”. From 1994 to 2008 Bob was a member of Valerie & Walter
Crockett and the Oxymorons and recorded 4 albums with them. Bob currently
performs as a guitar and dobro player with Blackstone Valley Bluegrass,
and as a bassist with SloGrass, with whom he has been a member of
for 24 years. Bob also is a recording engineer and producer at his
own Appleland Studios. He has released two solo projects: Tidings
of Comfort and Joy – a Christmas Collection, and Life’s
Highway which includes performances by many of Bob’s bluegrass/folk
friends including his current bands, Front Range, and members of the
Seldom Scene. Bob has also shared the stage with many top artists
over the years including Tony Rice, Sam Bush, Peter Rowan, Jonathan
Edwards, and Tim and Mollie O’Brien.
Stow, MA (guitar, banjo, lead and harmony vocals)
Karen Lincoln Wilber has been playing music her whole life, studying classicalpiano and participating in musicals and choral groups through her student days. She found her way into bluegrass through a Boston Bluegrass Union picking party— after which she was invited to take over lead vocals and rhythm guitar for the Boston area band Willow Creek. From there she went on to play guitar and become the lead vocalist for the award winning progressive bluegrass band Waystation, which toured regularly throughout New England from bluegrass festivals, to opening sold-out concerts for such major acts as Alison Krauss. Karen has been described as an outstanding interpreter of songs with rich and luminous vocals. In a review of Waystation’s ‘Looking for Love’ CD, Bluegrass Unlimited magazine called her a “terrific singer, with a pure, accurate voice.” She has recorded with Waystation, and with Rick Lang on many projects, and has lent background vocals to several others. Currently Karen is performing with the folk/americana band The Saturdays, based in the Metrowest Boston area. In her non-musical life, Karen is a respected audiologist at Boston Children's Hospital.
Dick is a multi-instrumentalist, writer, singer, and producer who
also owns D String Guitar Repair where he is repairman and Luthier.
Dave’s career spans over 35 years, playing in several prominent
bluegrass groups in the Northeast including Southern Rail, Salamander
Crossing, Northern Lights, and Blackstone Valley Bluegrass. Dave has
traveled the US extensively and been featured on many recordings over
the years. Although known as a superb five-string banjo player, Dave
also is a versatile guitarist, playing both flatpicking and fingerstyle
as well as electric guitar. Formerly a producer for CMH Records 'Pickin’
On' series, Dave produced tribute albums of The Eagles, Dwight Yoakam,
Brad Paisley and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. These albums feature bluegrass-inspired
performances of these artists' music. In 2016, Dave opened D String
Guitar Repair, located in Sturbridge, MA, where he provides repairs
and restorations for fretted instruments of all types. Dave released
his first solo album, entitled 'Greenwood' in 2017; the album is a
collection of original music written for acoustic guitar.
Roger Williams started playing the resophonic, Dobro style guitar in 1963, when he was just a young teenager. Within the first year, he had already debuted with the Lilly Brothers and Don Stover at the Hillbilly Ranch in Boston, Mass., where they had performed for nearly two decades. Since then he has gone on to perform and/or record with many well respected bluegrass and folk acts on the national and international circuit, including Don Stover, White Mountain Bluegrass, Hazel Dickens, Joe Val, Bill Harrell, Wyatt Rice, Delia Bell & Bill Grant, Southern Rail, Ray Legere, Mark Schatz, Mac Wiseman, The New England Bluegrass Band, Salamander Crossing, Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters, Slavek Hanzlik, Mark Erelli, Hiro Arita and others. Career highlights include thirteen overseas tours with various artists, including a performance at the prestigious Dobro Festival in Slovakia and teaching workshops during Bluegrass Week at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, WV. Roger has recorded two solo projects, ‘Fireball’ and ‘Rt. 2 to Amherst’, and three collaborative efforts: ‘River of No Return’ (with long-time friend and musical associate Ray Legere), ‘Williams Squared’ (with son JD Williams), and ‘Something ‘Bout You’ (with partner Amy Gallatin). Roger has also been involved in CMH label’s ‘Pickin On’ series, where different musical genres are interpreted in the bluegrass vein.
Roger, Bluegrass Unlimited magazine has said: “Williams, like
all great acoustic slide players, can be mellow and lingering or crisp
and jaunty. He’s also a very fine singer (with) more than a
little of Merle Haggard in voice and emotion.”
Kingston, NH (guitar, percussion, ukelele, lead and harmony vocals)
native of New Hampshire, songwriter Rick Lang has become well known in the
bluegrass community. His songs have been covered by some of the most renowned
artists in bluegrass music, Southern gospel and the jazz world. He has over
60 song cuts to his credit, and the number keeps growing each year. Although
most of his songs are self-composed, in recent years Rick has collaborated
with several other notable writers in the bluegrass and gospel music field.
Additionally, Rick has released four studio recordings of his own to date.
Each has featured all original Rick Lang compositions.
Rick’s first Christmas album “The Season Of My Heart” (2003), was voted one of the top twenty-five albums of the year by the National Folk Radio survey. “Look To The Light,” an all gospel CD released in 2010 on Rural Rhythm Christian (RRC), was nominated for a GMA (Gospel Music Association) Dove Award as well as an IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Gospel Recorded Event Of The Year. In 2012 Rick recorded and released the Christmas single “Little Did They Know” on the Rural Rhythm Records Label featuring Jana Mougin on vocals. October 7, 2014 marked the official release of Rick’s 2nd Holiday CD “That’s What I Love About Christmas”. A year and a half in the making, the album features ten new original Christmas/seasonal songs by Rick, with a whole new cast of performers. Very different than previous releases, this one has more of a jazz flavor and the feel of some of the classic Christmas songs of the 40's and 50's. In addition to a busy songwriting schedule, Rick conducts songwriting workshops, and does some freelance writing for Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Rick and his wife Wendy have two daughters, three granddaughters, and currently reside in Kingston New Hampshire.