Maine native Dick Bowden has been playing hillbilly and bluegrass guitar since 1961, having learned by ear and eye from his parents. (And that’s how he teaches.) By 1966 they had The Bowden Family bluegrass band which evolved by 1975 into The Fort Knox Volunteers. In the mid-1980s Dick played banjo and lead guitar with Herb Applin’s Berkshire Mt. Boys and got to observe Bea Lilly’s guitar style “close up”. In the 1990s Dick appeared as “Martin Case” in The Case Brothers mandolin-guitar brother duet, releasing two recordings. He played banjo on fiddler Joe Meadows’ final recording “Cotton Eyed Joe”. Dick pitched the song “52 Vincent Black Lightning” to the Del McCoury Band. In the early years of the 21st century Dick played guitar and banjo with The Old Time Bluegrass Singers featuring IBMM Bluegrass Pioneer Herb Applin, releasing two recordings. During this period he also played some Dobro with The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band at northeastern festivals and on WSM’s Grand Ole Opry!
Dick plays guitar with a thumb pick and finger pick, a la Lester Flatt, but also can play with a flat pick when the situation calls for it. His favorite guitar heroes are Charlie Monroe, Lester Flatt, Jimmy Martin, Charlie Waller and Del McCoury.
Jeﬀ Burke is a professional musician and instructor who teaches bluegrass music and improvisation to individuals and groups. He plays Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo and has performed and recorded with a number of bands over his 23 year career. Jeﬀ has worked both independently and in connection with the Wernick Method to bring group jamming classes to both Nashville, TN and Chicago, IL. He founded the popular bluegrass jamming class at the World famous Stayion Inn and works extensively with the Country Music Hall of Fame to provide hands on acoustic instrument and jamming workshops for their youth and family programs.
In 2020 Jeff Became the general Manager of The Station Inn in Nashville, handling day to day duties and booking the bands. In 2021 he left Station Inn to join the management and booking team at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge in Madison, TN where he is currently employed. He is also involved with Bluegrass Wednesdays at American Legion Post 82 in Nashville. Jeﬀ also produces 2-3 day jam camps at festivals around the country and has been a faculty member at numerous music camps.
Jim Watson was a founding member of the Red Clay Ramblers in 1972, and was with them for 14 years, playing mandolin, guitar, and bass. He played bass with Robin & Linda Williams from 1988-2015, and also played jobs during that time in and around Chapel Hill NC with Craver, Hicks, Watson & Newberry, playing bass with the Williamson Brothers Band, and bass and guitar with the Piedmont Melody Makers, which featured IBMA Hall of Famer Alice Gerrard.
Originally residing on a cattle ranch in Eastern Montana, Katelyn moved to Nashville in 2019 to pursue her dream as a professional musician. She grew up playing in the family band with her parents and two older brothers, which transitioned into 26 years of building the legendary Montana Fiddle Camp. Katelyn is known for her powerful vocals and soulful work on bass but also holds 2 Montana State Fiddle Championships.
Even though she works full time in real estate accounting, Katelyn can be seen performing at the Station Inn or as an opening act at the Ryman Auditorium. She currently plays with the Jim Hurst Band, as well as her own headlining band, the Katelyn Buckley Band. Katelyn is also proud to be featured as a vocalist on Greg Blake’s upcoming duet “Not Far From Hope”.
Nancy Bounds began her yoga journey years ago, dabbling with college courses in beginning yoga. Life happened; 3 children, 2 divorces and a long, very stressful career at AT&T. She came away from my AT&T experience diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and realized she had to do something to get her health back on track. She returned to yoga as a way to heal and be nourished again.
In 2000, her yoga study intensified. This included studying anatomy, yoga philosophy, asana practice, breath-work, yoga therapy, etc. After a very rigorous certification program and multiple classes a week, she became a yoga teacher. To date she has taught over 18,000 hours, while continuing to attend instructor workshops and training classes regularly to deepen her knowledge. Being very intrigued with the human body, Nancy helps students come into their optimal energetic blueprint.
Nancy has studied with many of the top yoga instructors and educators in the United States including John Friend, Betsey Downing, Desiree Rumbaugh, Doug Keller, Jenny Otto, Max Strom and Leslie Kaminoff. As with music, Nancy has found that each teacher brings their own style and method to the practice-and she strives to incorporate a joy of being alive, a sense of humor, and a deep understanding of the yogic practice to each session and student.
Nancy is a full time Realtor, Yoga Instructor and lover of all kinds of music (particularly Bluegrass) and outdoor activities. For each of her professions she continues with professional development and education, maintaining rigorous standards of practice…for yoga, that includes a designated ERT-500.
“I believe that the practice of yoga is something that is available to everyone regardless of physical ability and age. I hope to be able to continue teaching and practicing yoga and enjoying music for the duration of my life.” – Nancy
Aynsley began playing fiddle at the age of 9. She was introduced to bluegrass in her early teens, and quickly fell in love with the music. In order to further hone her craft, Aynsley enrolled in East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies degree program in 2013. She graduated in 2017 with an additional bachelor’s degree in English, and completed her master’s degree in Appalachian Studies in 2020.
Aynsley is also an experienced contest fiddler. She was Blessed to win the Grand Master Fiddler Championship in 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, and in 2017, she also became the Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion, making her the first person to win both competitions. She also played in 2016 on the Grand Ole Opry.
In 2018, Aynsley joined the SPBGMA award-winning band Carolina Blue, and performed with them for four years before becoming one of the founding members of The Tennessee Bluegrass Band in 2021. She also received the 2018 IBMA Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year award. Aynsley spends her time off the road as a private fiddle instructor, session musician, and author. This is Aynsley’s second year teaching at the Monroe Mandolin Camp, and she is excited to share her love of old-school bluegrass fiddling with her students!
Singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett lives and writes in Stokes County, NC. Her songs have appeared in film and television (Hell on Wheels, Ain’t In it for My Health) and have been recorded by many artists including Grammy-winning Levon Helm (Anna Lee) and Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops (Leaving Eden).
She has partnered with Triad Stage’s Preston Lane on six plays-with-music: Brother Wolf (2006), Beautiful Star:An Appalachian Nativity (2006), Bloody Blackbeard (2008), Providence Gap(2010), Snow Queen (2013, and Radiunt Abundunt (2016). In 2018 she wrote the songs for playwright Mike Wiley’s Leaving Eden; it premiered at Playmaker’s Repertory in 2018.
Her song cycle, The Gathering: A Winter’s Tale in Six Songs was commissioned by the North Carolina Symphony and premiered in Raleigh in 2011, Grant Llewellyn conducting. Guest artists on that project included Mike Compton, Rhiannon Giddens, Joe Newberry and Jason Sypher. The cd “The Gathering” made many of the top 10 holiday cds in 2011, including the NY Times, the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune. The Wall Street Journal said “It’s what the holidays were before shopping and Irving Berlin.” It was reprised by the Winston-Salem Symphony in 2019, Timothy Redmond conducting.
Laurelyn has written songs for various protest movements in North Carolina including My Beloved Enemy and Vote Against Amendment One. She remains a voice for social justice and environmental activism in North Carolina and beyond. The River’s Lament is her testament to the devastation of the Dan River coal ash spill. She founded and continues to host the annual “Songs of Hope and Justice” at the North Carolina Folk Festival.
Laurelyn has taught songwriting and singing at the Augusta Heritage Center, as well as at many universities, workshops and festivals. She is the recipient of the Betty Cone Medal of Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship for songwriting, the Chris Austin songwriting contest at Merlefest, and has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.
Carl Jones is an American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born in Macon, Georgia. He presently lives in Hillsville, Virginia and is widely respected for his instrumental talents and original songs about the joys and tribulations of life in the south.
Carl’s songs have been recorded by The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Kate Campbell, Rickie Simpkins w/ Tony Rice, and others. His song Last Time On The Road was on the grammy award winning album Unleashed by The Nashville Bluegrass Band.
He has recordings with Beverly Smith, James Bryan, and also with The Rising Fawn String ensemble (James along w/ Norman & Nancy Blake). For many years now he has recorded and tours with his wife, fiddler Erynn Marshall. Their latest releases are entitled Old Tin and Old Time Sweethearts Vol 1 & 2. www.dittyville.com
Alan Munde was born November 4, 1946 in Norman, Oklahoma and began his bluegrass banjo musical career while attending the University of Oklahoma. He and fellow student Byron Berline, fiddler extraordinaire, spent much of their time away from classes traveling around to various fiddle contests and musical events honing their performance skills.
After graduation, Byron left for a several month stint with Bill Monroe followed by a couple of years in the Army and on to his very long and successful career. After Alan’s graduation two years later in later 1969, he moved to Kentucky and recorded with Sam Bush and Wayne Stewart on the legendary and groundbreaking album Poor Richard’s Almanac. Moving to Nashville, Tennessee in late 1969 Alan was hired by Jimmy Martin to fill the banjo seat in his Sunny Mountain Boys bluegrass ensemble.
Alan toured and recorded with Jimmy Martin for two years appearing at many of the early festivals and participating in the recording of the much-applauded Jimmy Martin gospel album Singing All Day and Dinner on the Ground.
Leaving Nashville in early 1972, Alan rejoined his musical schoolmate Byron Berline as he and Roger Bush were forming in California the seminal bluegrass band Country Gazette. The Gazette traveled extensively making regular tours to Europe and Japan for several years. The group’s first album, Traitor in Our Midst, was a top selling album for United Artists. The Gazette, with many personnel changes over its thirty-five year run, has recorded over 30 projects (albums and CDs) and is still a touring with mandolin player Billy Bright and recording band under the banner The Bright Munde Quartet. Alan has also released many highly acclaimed banjo instrumental albums beginning with Banjo Sandwich to the most recent release on Munde’s Child Records of Bright Munde.
During his career Alan also spent much time developing bluegrass banjo workshop/seminar materials and presentations that have become a mainstay of the summer music camp scene. Munde was one of the first high-profile players to make his recorded solos available in written form and also one of the first artists to present workshops. He has made available much of his musical output available through instructional material for Mel Bay Publications, Texas Music and Video, and his on self produced material.
To further the educational aspects of his career, Munde joined in 1986 the faculty of the Creative Arts Department at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. As the bluegrass expert in the Commercial Music Program, Munde further developed his unique teaching concepts that resulted in several publications including Getting Into Bluegrass Banjo that offers his best effort at offering a systematic path to learning the bluegrass style banjo.
Alan retired from the school in 2007 and continues his performance, teaching and recording career. His latest recording project is a duo CD with mandolin player Billy Bright titled Bright Munde. Alan and co-author Beth Mead-Sullivan have a book available from publisher Hal Leondard titled The Great American Banjo Songbook containing banjo arrangements of 70 songs from the golden age of American popular songwriting. Additionally, Alan operates the on-line business Al Munde’s Banjo College that sells his instructional books, DVDs, his bluegrass banjo recordings, and downloadable lessons.
Christopher Henry is a second generation bluegrass musician. Son of Murphy and Red Henry, founders of the by-ear bluegrass instructional business, The Murphy Method, he grew up around the music and teaching. Christopher has been on stage for over 35 years and has taught for over 20 years. With his business, Noya Mountain Music, Christopher started doing Zoom workshops which he leads with David McLaughlin focused on learning Bill Monroe’s music by-ear. These workshops and the online video courses that accompany them have gotten international attention in the bluegrass world as a part of the unprecedented growth and flourishing of Monroe Style mandolin in recent years. He, his wife and stepson live in Charlotte, NC. (www.noyamountainmusic.com) Christopher@noyamountainmusic.com