Drew Howard is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist with more than 35 years of stage, session, and music production experience. He is versed as a sideman and leader in multiple and wide-ranging genres such as blues, country and western, klezmer, vaudeville, rock, Celtic, and Hawaiian. Drew performs on a variety of stringed instruments, chief among them the electric and acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar, straight steel and dobro, with performances ranging across the U.S. and Western Europe, from Alaska to Amsterdam, Copenhagen to Chicago, New York to New Orleans and beyond. Drew has performed with notables such as Bo Diddley, Dale Watson, Tom Paxton, Savoy Cajun Family Band, and more. In 2010, Drew was honored with a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Instrumentalist, and was nominated again in 2014.
Mark Lavengood is a walking, talking ray of sunshine. His resonant energy and sparkling smile light up every stage, every studio, every room, RV and embrace he enters. A talented multi-instrumentalist, Lavengood specializes in dobro & steel guitar, both of which he’s played for over a decade, while also being well-versed in guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, drums, and a variety of percussion instruments. In 2012, Mark was named winner of the acclaimed Rockygrass Dobro Competition hosted at Planet Bluegrass’ headquarters in Lyons, CO. Predominantly as a dobro player, Lavengood toured world-wide for 7 years with the award-winning Michigan-now-Nashville-based Americana outfit Lindsay Lou (formerly, & the Flatbellys), performing at a bucket list of venues and festivals over his time with the band. Both as a member of LLFB and as frontman of his namesake, Mark has performed at: the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, ROMP, Celtic Connections, Blissfest, Wheatland Music Festival, Founders Brewing Company’s signature events; Black Party, Harvest Party & Founders Fest, Cowpie Music Festival, John Hartford Memorial Festival, Farmfest, Earthwork Harvest Gathering, International Folk Alliance, IBMA, and many, many more. He’s also shared the stage performing with or sitting in with the likes of Seth Bernard, Amy Helm, the Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, Billy Strings, Johnny Irion, Gregory Stovetop, Trout Steak Revival, winter/sessions, amongst others.
Joe Wilson is probably best known for playing with Michigan’s premiere Americana & Roots music act, Steppin’ In It. With Steppin’ In It, Joe has played many of the nation’s top concerts and festivals including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Wheatland, Blissfest, Old Settlers Festival, the Woody Guthrie festival, Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, Live at Mountain Stage, and more. Over the years, he’s been lucky enough to share the stage with Wayne Hancock, Bill Kirchen, Greg Brown, Tim O’brien and many others.