Influenced by the traditions of Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs and the Grateful Dead,
the Stoney Mountain Ramblers get the crowd hootin' and hollerin' with their hot picking,
high-lonesome harmonies, barn-burning dance tunes and the occasional "odd" cover.
The group formed in
2001, in the Stoney Mountain district of Menlo Park. Mainstays of the peninsula
pre-school circuit, the band has also performed at a variety of historic Bay Area
bluegrass venues, including the Pioneer Saloon, the
Brookdale Lodge, and the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in Hollister,
The Stoney Mountain
Ramblers love to play just about anywhere, anytime, and are available for weddings,
parties, festivals and corporate events.
The Stoney Mountain
Robert Zeien (guitar) started in
Montana and took a long detour through Texas on his way to the Bay Area. Along
the way, he traded his electric guitar and rock 'n' roll ways for the simplicity of a
D-28 and some flatpickin' fun. When not strapped to his Martin he wages cyberwar
against hackers and waits dutifully on his wife, two kids and dog.
Steve Joynes (fiddle) hails from a backwoods holler in
Virginia. He's played fiddle in several Bay Area bluegrass bands including Down
Home, Luck of the Draw, Smokin' Hams, and Wires And Wood. Steve picks more than anybody
we know and is always looking for a new jam.
(banjo) is also the band's booking agent, webmaster, and sound engineer.
His studio doubles as the band's worldwide headquarters. Recently freed from the Evil
Grasp of Corporate America, Scott does management consulting
and recording projects in his studio.
(bass) played string bass in symphony orchestras throughout his school years in
Minnesota. After suffering a head injury, he joined La Honda's legendary
acid-bluegrass garage band, the Buffalo Chips. A whiff of real bluegrass became a
7-year stint with the Grass Menagerie. Bill is "considered something of an expert by
Gary Anwyl (dobro) is a long time electric
and slide guitarist who took up dobro two years ago. The Stoney Mountain Ramblers
is Gary's first bluegrass project. In anticipation of a lucrative bluegrass career Gary
has already quit his day job.
"Doc" Scott Klein (mandolin) who does not play a doctor on TV,
comes from the Santa Cruz Mountains. Given his nickname by the ONLY Scott in the band,
he can be found staying up late jamming at various festivals and bacchanals throughout the year.