Ernie Welch started playing banjo late at the age of 21 taking lessons from Joe Oser, Rual Yarbrough and Bela Fleck. His early musical influences were the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin. His Bluegrass influences were the New Grass Revival, The Seldom Seen, The Country Gentleman, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, and Hot Rize. While continuing to play with the Smokehouse Band, Ernie released two singles: “Ramblin Man” and “Who Have You Got To Lose” both produced by Johnny Sandlin, the original producer of the Allman Brothers on his Duct Tape Label. These releases charted in Cashbox and Billboard magazines. With “Ramblin Man” Ernie reached the # 3 position in the country on Cashbox for an Independent Artist. On keeping a band together for 29 years, Ernie is quoted as saying “I’m not a manager but I have developed good negotiating skills”. Ernie handles some of the songwriting duties and wrote “Walking After Midnight Over You” for the “20 Years Of Feedback” CD.
Austin Davis was fortunate enough to have been able to study basic to very advanced techniques with both Kerry Jones and Alan Munde. From single string practices to jazz in bluegrass a form, he soaked in as much as he could before joining the Josh Abbott Band. As a founding member, he has enjoyed trying to incorporate different styles of banjo into country music.
Underhill grew up surrounded by folk music. At any given time, her mother would practice a repertoire of ballads for the taverns of nearby Colonial Williamsburg or the record player would be spinning with the harmony-laden songs of Simon and Garfunkel; Peter, Paul and Mary; Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young; and the Beatles.
With a musical journey that has led him from Earl Scruggs to Jimi Hendrix to Pearl Jam, Ian has developed a unique and undeniably powerful banjo sound. Fascinated by his father’s abandoned banjo, at age 9, Ian began pickin' in earnest. He went on to be quite an accomplished bluegrass player, winning first place in numerous competitions throughout Southern California; but ultimately, his rocker soul prevailed. In the 90’s, he purchased his first Deering Crossfire and tore up the infamous Sunset Strip playing in alternative bands while developing his “Crossfire style” of banjo playing which incorporates 3 finger, single string, and electric guitar playing techniques. Shredding with distortion and wah pedal in full effect, he currently fronts the banjo-fueled roots rock band 50 Sticks of Dynamite out of Ventura, CA.
Seva is active in the New Orleans music scene and can be found performing on banjo and/or guitar with Lionel Ferbos and the Louisiana Shakers, Treme Brass Band, Greg Stafford and the Jazz Hounds, Dr. Michael White, Tommy Sancton, Clive Wilson and Lars Edegran as well as leading his own band the Storyville Stringband. He has played in numerous festivals and concerts in New Orleans and abroad and toured in Europe. In addition to performing Seva also composes music and teaches music and music integration in the New Orleans public schools. Since Katrina he's had 100's of public school students many of whom have performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Daniel plays a rambunctious style of banjo commonly referred to as clawhammer. He has always loved old-time music. He was first introduced to the clawhammer style when he was two years old and saw Leroy Troy performing. He loved the banjo from that moment on. Daniel's grandfather Thomas Maupin took him to old time and bluegrass festivals at an early age. Daniel's main focus when they were at the festivals was to find the banjo players. He was able to start playing the banjo at age 11 and with the exception of a few good pointers along the way from his friends he is self taught. Daniel has been given pointers from some of the best. Jim Costa, Rebekah Weiler, Dan Knowles, Matt Kinman, and Phillip Steinmetz. Marlin Rood of Springfield, TN took a special interest in Daniel and mentored him to a higher level. Daniel has won many competitions across the South including the 2010 National Championship and the 2011 Tennessee State Championship. He has performed on the Grand Ole Opry, at Merlefest, The Ryman Auditiorium, IBMA's Kids on Bluegrass and Old Time Opry Variety Show and has made several guest appearances on Ernest Tubb Record Shop's Midnight Jamboree with Bluegrass Legend Jesse McReynolds. This is just to mention a few of his accomplishments.
The Mad Caddies’ talents reach far beyond the boundaries of ska and punk, enabling them to throw a musical curve ball into the mix without notice. Reggae, dixie, jazz, surf, rockabilly, country and swing are all styles in which the group is well versed and aren’t afraid to inject into their unique brand of rock. The members of the Mad Caddies are as diverse as the music they perform but their most notable member is lead vocalist Chuck. Despite his penchant for booze and all things smokable, Chuck’s amazing voice prevails and his crooning could make even Morrissey blush.
Today she labors on her TV show, produces music for herself and other artists, produces shows and videos, is co-writing a novel trilogy about the music world, is an endorsing artist for Deering Banjos, and is constantly touring. She plays 11 instruments and has recorded 12 albums, her newest being Walk a Little Ways with Me.