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Lost River Bluegrass Band - Gary Vernon Gary plays the mandolin, and sing the lead vocal part for the Lost River Bluegrass Band. He started his musical career with the NC based High Countrymen Bluegrass Band from 1975 through 1979. He formed the Lost River Bluegrass Band in Clearwater, Florida in 1984. In1986, the band won the Florida State Bluegrass Championship award. The band performed at bluegrass festivals throughout central Florida from 1986- 2006. In 2003, the band recorded a CD. It was aptly named, “Found at Last”. Gary has written several songs, one of which is recorded on the band’s CD. Dan Brock Dan Brock plays the standup bass for the Lost River Bluegrass Band. Dan taught himself to play guitar when he was 14 years old and began playing electric guitar and bass for dance bands during the 1960s. In the last few years he has transitioned from the electric bass guitar to the standup bass most preferred by blue grass groups. Dan is a consultant in the commercial aviation field. Wiley Stanford Wiley grew up surrounded by music. His mother graduated from Salem College and was a music teacher in the Forsyth County public school system. She played the piano. His father played the organ and accordion, but didn’t read music. Wiley started learning to play the guitar by ear at age nine and took violin and trumpet lessons in grade school. He remained focused on guitar, playing in local rock, country and bluegrass bands. Along with three friends, he started the band “Deep Roots” in 2012. He continues to play with that band today and as a guest with other groups when requested. In addition to being self employed as a sales rep in the hardware industry, he teaches guitar at The Music Stop in Clemmons. Charles Turner Charles Turner plays banjo for the Lost River Bluegrass Band, sings tenor and lead vocal parts. Charles is a retired pediatric surgeon.
Carolina Express was formed by brothers Jonah and Grayson Riddle. Jonah is 17, and Grayson is 12. Growing up in the mountains of western North Carolina, Jonah has been playing the banjo for 4 and ½ years. From the first time he picked up the instrument, he fell in love. He started out playing at church three times a week. Because he enjoys bluegrass and gospel music so much, he decided to start his own band – Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express. Jonah’s brother, Grayson, plays guitar and does vocals. He has been playing guitar for almost 2 years. From the time he was only 5 years old, he would pick the guitar at church services. Jonah and Grayson credit the Lord for their playing and singing talent. Their dad, Benjie Riddle, plays the upright bass. Jonah and Grayson have had the privilege of picking on stage with many great artists: Doyle Lawson, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Balsam Range, Ralph Stanley II, Nu Blue, Ricky Skaggs, J.D. Crowe, and Kody Norris. They have performed at many concerts and venues across the country, including: The Ryman Auditorium Courtyard, Dollywood, the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, Woodsongs, the Lyric Theatre in Kentucky, Houstonfest, the Orchard at Altapass, the North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass First Class in Asheville, North Carolina, the Earl Scruggs Center, the Pickin’ Porch, the Museum of Appalachia, the Carter Fold and the World-Renown WDVX Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, TN. Jonah and Grayson are also members of Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars and have performed at IBMA Kids on Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina. They have won several awards during the time they have been performing such as Best of Show and individual awards for playing their instruments as well.