John Brisotti plays mandolin and sings both lead and baritone parts. He came to bluegrass from the folk music scene in the 70s and was the 1973 winner at the Stephen Fensterer Memorial Folk Festival. He then became a part of the folk scene in New York City. He learned mandolin from his grandfather, who had a 1916 Gibson A-4 (original owner and still in the family!) He’s from the North Fork of Long Island, and is responsible for bringing these fine musicians together. Bluegrass Unlimited says "…his soloing demonstrates a strong grasp of the blues, and his singing has a gravely richness."
Dave Thompson is the band’s guitarist and lead singer. Dave has performed with many legendary bluegrass musicians over the years, and was a mainstay of the San Francisco bluegrass scene as a member of High Country in the 1970’s. Dave found his voice and unique flatpicking style with the likes of Laurie Lewis, Frank Wakefield, and was a member of Kenny Kosek’s band Angelwood. BU states that Dave "… has a loose yet precise rhythm style, and is an impressive picker, and the most distinctive singer in the group."
Bill DeTurk plays the banjo and occasional guitar, and sings tenor . He’s a native of Nashville, transplanted to North Carolina, and now the New York area. He’s played with such bands as The New Pine Hill Ramblers, Louie Setzer, and Wretched Refuse. He writes the band’s original material, and has his own release entitled "Blair Family History", a collection of 14 original songs. BU says "… DeTurk is a solid banjo picker, and likewise a sturdy singer on his lead numbers."
Bassist Bruce Barry is an original member of Eastbound Freight. He played and recorded with the Sykes Boys in the late seventies. He also played bass and banjo with Back Roads for several years and even performed with them twice at the Grand Ole Opry. Bruce covers a lot of ground, singing lead, tenor, and bass parts.
Fiddler Bill Ayasse started his career and is a conservatory trained classical violinist. He attended the Crane School of Music in New York and then received his Masters in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado. He currently teaches music at the Northport School District. Bill learned fiddling from the likes of Rick Bunting and John Kirk of the Susquehanna String Band. He also has a love for Jazz and rock and has performed with the Mahavishnu Project, Lumpy Gravy (Zappa Cover Band), Miles To Dayton, and toured nationally and internationally with the band Frogg Cafe. He is also a producer and recording engineer with a project studio in Setauket, N.Y.