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There are many Asheville bluegrass bands, but few carry the pedigree, musicianship and experience of The Night Trotters. Please take a few minutes to read more about each of us below. Be sure to have a listen to our music, and find the latest news in our Blog. Lastly, let us know if you want more info!

Charley Brophey – Mandolin & Vocals

charleyCharley’s voice has that ubiquitous ‘high lonesome’ sound, reminding you of the heart and soul that started it all many years ago. From Hendersonville, NC, Charley revitalizes the simple and the traditional — old time and bluegrass — but he adds a flavor to the mix that is unmistakably new.

With over 15 years of touring and recording experience under his belt with The Greasy Beans, Charley has shared the stage with greats such as Doc Watson, the Del McCoury Band, John Hartford, and Southern Culture on the Skids. Collaborating in the studio with the likes of Danny Barnes and Bil VornDick has helped him round out the overall performance and technical skill set he brings to the table.

Mark Burin – Bass

markThe fact that Mark is playing the stand-up bass in a professional bluegrass band demonstrates the depth of his musical prowess. Having been a virtuosic electric guitar player for over twenty years, his experience at Berklee College of Music has made the transition to other instruments effortless.

Will Chatham – Banjo & Vocals

willWill’s background in percussion and his studio and touring experience have helped shape his banjo career. Having cut his teeth behind the drumset in nationally-acclaimed punk acts such as Crain and Cerebellum, Chatham has found his roots behind the banjo – a natural transition for a rhythmic musician. It didn’t hurt that while growing up in Louisville, Ky, his parents would often drag him to bluegrass shows.

Chatham’s banjo style reflects the distinct blues and jazz influences of Don Reno, grounded in the forwarding rolling melodies of Ralph Stanley. Like Reno, Chatham bring years of experience from other instruments. His style has developed into a unique blend of ‘the other kind’ of traditional bluegrass banjo playing — a sound you don’t hear enough of these days.

Jeff Keith – Guitar

Jeffrey Keith - WNC BluegrassBorn in western Kentucky, the cultural crossroads of blues and country music that gave rise to bluegrass, Jeff picked up a guitar at the age of thirteen, but he now plays a variety of instruments–including the mandolin and banjo. In 2001, he began performing with Kentucky Wild Horse, a multi-generational band that featured musicians from across the state and embraced a variety of rural musical styles. Their work culminated in the 2007 release of “Spirit of the Lonesome Hills,” an album that featured bluegrass, swing, and old time music from across the Bluegrass State. In 2004, Jeff became a founding member of the Red State Ramblers, a collection of young musicians dedicated to performing traditional fiddle tunes in a style reminiscent of their heyday during the early twentieth century. Their albums, “The Red State Ramblers” (2006) and “Commonwealth” (2009), received wide praise for rendering traditional material with a vibrancy that made the music relevant to modern audiences. More recently, the group has toured internationally, sharing American music with audiences in Central Asia and South America. In addition to these projects, Jeff has appeared on recordings by musicians and groups as varied as Rayna Gellert, Goldenrod, Ben Sollee, and Daniel Martin Moore.

Brad Pope – Guitar

photoEver since Dwight Yoakam’s acoustic album erupted into Pope’s brain, laying seeds across every wrinkle, he had to learn how to work a guitar. And it hasn’t stopped yet. When Jimmy Martin’s bass runs slapped him in the face, he knew bluegrass guitar was a bone in his body he’d been missing.