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Lesley Grant/Lead Vocal & Rhythm Guitar started singing before she learned to walk. She sang so much her parents had to create a household “no singing at the dinner table” rule. Inspired by her three musically talented older brothers, she picked up the guitar at age 14. She was introduced to Bluegrass while backing a banjo playing brother on her rhythm guitar. Lesley has performed in Jackson, Wyoming, around southern California, Oahu Hawaii, eventually joining the Country/Bluegrass band Southland in Austin, Texas. Influences include Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Lorreta Lynn, Towns vanZandt, Steve Earle, Johnny Cash, John Prine, Neil Young and many more. Lesley’s song writing skill and natural singing voice summon these influences, as well as those of the southern Appalachians in an authentic manner rarely encountered in the Northeast.
Carrie Cook/Harmony Vocals & Bass has been a “go-to” acoustic, upright bass player for a multitude of musical genres and bands in Vermont for years. Carrie’s father was a professional, multi-instrumentalist, jazz musician in the Woody Herman orchestra. Her mother played piano and clarinet as well. She was introduced to Country and Bluegrass while listening to her grandfather and uncles play the fiddle, banjo, Dobro and guitar on the front porch of her grandparent’s farm in Indiana. Carrie began her love affair with the upright bass at age 10, eventually playing in the high school orchestra, jazz band and eventually the New York All State Orchestra.
Mark Struhsacker/Harmony Vocals & Lead Guitar has played in Bluegrass bands in Vermont and Montana for over 40 years. He created the WDEV Radio Rangers radio show, Western Swing/Bluegrass band in 1986, and fronted the band until leaving to join Lesley Grant & Stepstone in June, 2011. Known as one of few practitioners of the Bluegrass lead flat picking and cross picking guitar styles in Vermont, he brings these influences to his “honky tonk” electric guitar playing, as well as Stepstone’s acoustic sets.