High Energy Old-Time Fiddle and Banjo Tunes, Impassioned Songs of Life, Love, Lust, and Loss; Traditional Folk Music of the Appalachian Mountains.
Ragged Mountain String Band plays traditional old-time fiddle tunes and banjo songs from Appalachia, suitable for dancing or listening. We're equally comfortable on stage late night in a packed bar, at an intimate wedding reception in the country, or supplying entertainment or ambience for your next corporate or private event.
"... a local summit of sweet bluegrass." - C-Ville
Reuben Miller - fiddle
Reuben Miller learned old-time fiddle and banjo tunes from Shenandoah Valley luminaries Two-Gun Terry and Kevin Harter. He grew up in an a Capella church community in Pennsylvania and also spent time listening to his mother playing harpsichord, piano, and guitar, the latter of which he learned as a teen. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has played in music circles in Lancaster, Pa., Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville, Va.
Stavros Calos - fiddle
Stavros Calos grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and started playing his Grandfather's mandolin when he was 17. Since then, he's been a regular in the Virginia old-time and bluegrass scenes, thanks mostly to the William and Mary Appalachian string band. He says: "I like when people take ownership of traditional tunes. The pioneers of American music weren't concerned about precisely preserving the old Celtic, English, and African sounds. I play the same tunes as these pioneers, but I'm not concerned with preserving their exact styles. I consider this true to the spirit of their music."
Tucker Rollins - mandolin
Tucker Rollins began playing mandolin at after-work musical gatherings while living in Fort Collins, CO. After moving to Charlottesville, VA, he became hooked on playing traditional old-time Appalachian tunes. He learned most everything he knows about traditional music from the Charlottesville “old-time kingpin” Pete Vigour (and also bandmate Reuben Miller). When not playing old time music he enjoys traveling to far away places, fishing for wild trout and sipping on cold microbrews and cheap scotch.
Dan Easley - banjo, guitar
Dan Easley got his start with traditional Appalachian music playing guitar for Harrisonburg fiddler Kevin Harter, and has since built up his repertoire and approach as a banjoist, fiddler and singer with regular jamming in the Shenandoah Valley and in Charlottesville, and with repeated visits to Fiddlers Conventions and festivals throughout Appalachia.
Charlie Davis - bass
Charlie Davis started playing the bass 7 years ago when he moved to Charlottesville, Va. Through playing old-time music he has met many interesting people, including these guys, and has had a good time.
Four guys from around Charlottesville and one from Keezletown. We mostly all met at fiddlers conventions throughout the region - funny how people drive hours and hours to see their neighbors.
As Seen/Heard At
Charlottesville and surrounding areas: The Whiskey Jar, Fellini's #9, The Local, Ashlawn-Highland, Blue Mountain Brewery, Devil's Backbone Brewery, King Family Vineyards, Fardowner's, Charlottesville City Market, WTJU-FM
Fish, Tree Sap, Trinkets, Baubles, The Call of a Pileated Woodpecker, Database Management, Ancient Jokes
Artists We Also Like
Gid Tanner and The Skillet Lickers, Camp Creek Boys, Benton Flippen, Tommy Jarrell
For Booking Information: contact Dan Easley.