Mike has been playing acoustic instruments in various genres for forty six years, and a lifelong love of traditional music causes him to be playing it somewhere most of the time. Past musical projects have allowed him to participate at the National Song Writing contest in Kerrville, TX. in the 1990's, as well as playing at the prestigious Blue Bird Cafe in Nashville, TN. He has been a member of previous groups that have opened for national and international acts, like Tim O'Brien and the O'Boys, and Ireland's vocalist of the year, Mary Black. He feels very fortunate to have played music with all of the wonderful musicians of his past, and is enjoying making music and memories with the Fox Creek Band.
Dan learned banjo while in high school from his schoolmate, the legendary John Hartford. He has played on Gaslight Square and in bands in St. Louis, Cuba/Rolla, MO and while living in middle Tennessee. His banjo style is primarily traditional bluegrass with some melodies thrown in. A few years ago he also learned fiddle which the group uses on some numbers. He is grateful for all the music he has played with different groups over the years!
Mike was self-taught on the guitar at the age of 12. He began playing in bands at the age of 16. Growing up in Kentucky, there was never a shortage of musicians to pick with. Mike got on the Bluegrass bandwagon in the early 70’s and never got off. The upright bass becoming his preferred instrument, he has played in several Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel groups. This allowed him the opportunity to meet and play onstage with many nationally known entertainers, such as Michael Cleveland, Dale Ann Bradley and Dean Osborne. He was awarded the Best in Bass trophy at the 2007 KY Fellowship of Musicians Winterfest Festival.
My musical journey has progressed through Folk, Rock & Roll, Country, Irish and Bluegrass genre and afforded me the pleasure of performing with some fine musicians in many venues in the St. Louis/Illinois region over the years. ITCMA (Illinois Country Music Association) awards received include gospel singing and Bluegrass band of the year in 2002 (Rosa String Works Band). As part of the Blue Generation band we opened for country artist Collin Raye. Whether as a solo performer or a founding member of Fox Creek, there is no bigger thrill than entertaining an audience.
Louise was raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Western Pennsylvania where she was highly influenced by bluegrass and country music. As a teen she performed with her father's bluegrass and country band where she honed her love for tight vocal harmonies. As a young woman with children in the Alexandria, Virginia area, she began directing children's musical theater.
Louise has been involved with the St. Louis music scene for many years and has guest performed with local rock, blues, and bluegrass bands. Along with becoming the newest member of Fox Creek Band, Louise is currently singing with City Voices Chorus, under the umbrella of Sweet Adeline's International. She is honored to be singing with Fox Creek.