Biography

Mike and Linda Brodell began singing together shortly after their marriage.  Over the years they sang a variety of music.  After moving to central Iowa they focused on an interest in bluegrass music, when Mike began playing with Linda’s father and brother.   Linda comes from a family of singers and musicians so her interest in music came from music being a part of everyday life at home.  Her father and mother performed on radio for many years in the country music field.     Mike started playing guitar first and then taught himself to play the Dobro.  His influences have always been Josh Graves, Mike Auldridge and recently Tim Graves.  Mike and Linda live in Ankeny.  They have three grown children; Elise (John), Emily and Andy (Kara) and three grandchildren.

Corwin, “Corky”, Berry first heard bluegrass music at a jam session and has focused on bluegrass ever since.  Corky is one of the finest banjo players around and plays with a driving three finger style.  Through the influence of artists such as J.D. Crowe, Bill Emerson and Earl Scruggs, Corky has developed his own unique style of five string banjo.  Whether as a banjo soloist or singer, Corky is an asset to any group on stage or in a jam session.  He and his wife Jane live in Monroe.  They enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Marty Miller is a Professor emeritus of Sociology at Iowa State University.  When growing up in Chicago he played percussion in high school and studied at the Chicago School of Music. Marty was a jazz drummer in several bands and combos.   When he moved to Iowa in the early 70’s he experienced his first bluegrass music festival and fell in love with the music. He decided to learn to play the upright bass and the rest is history. Marty has played bass in several bands over the years. He is a fine bluegrass bass player and a great asset to the band.   In addition to the bass, Marty will occasionally sing a tune with the group.  Marty lives in Ames with his wife Marsha.  They enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.  When Marty is not playing music he coaches youth volleyball.

Jerry Wahl lives is Searsboro, IA with his wife Barb.  He learned violin in the school orchestra and from there he began playing for his own enjoyment.   Jerry enjoys playing Western swing and Irish tunes on the fiddle and joins in whenever friends provide music at functions around the central Iowa area.  He does a fine job of playing bluegrass fiddle, knows his bluegrass and has a long list of great tunes. Jerry played with the band from 1984 through the 2015 season but decided to pursue other interests going forward.

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