Junior has recently teamed with Jason Wheeler
(Mandolinist with locally, regionally & nationally popular alt / bluegrass band Fauxgrass) to form a duo featuring many kinds of American roots music.
Junior and Jason are often joined by a percussionist (Brandan Grinwis) to create a gumbo of styles and dance rhythms.
With a strong passion for traditional music and music theory, Jason Wheeler
has been a dedicated mandolinist for more than 15 years.
has, and continues to study with mandolin master Don Julian, Bruce Ling and Don Stiernberg among many others as well as often attending music camps and workshops.
has also participated in numerous recordings, some of which have been recognized for various local music awards, used in commercials and also in corporate promotional materials.
joined the nationally touring neo-bluegrass outfit Fauxgrass (www.fauxgrassmusic.com) in 2011 and has performed more than 500 shows with the band since that time.
In June of 2013, a chance encounter brought Wheeler together with long time rhythm & blues guitarist, singer and bandleader Junior Valentine.
has performed with Bill Kirchen, Hal Ketchum, The Matt Flinner Trio, Fauxgrass, Glean Infusion, Hawks & Owls Stringband, Karisa Wilson, Heather Maloney and many other notable artists over the years, playing everything from mountain to island music, hoping to bring joy and love through it all!
Jason teaches mandolin, guitar lessons, festival workshops and is the president of The Chris Wheeler Family Foundation which focuses attention on music, art, community, environmental and basic human needs.
Through the blessing of music, Jason
continues to develop and strengthen a healthy community, weaving his
love for music with his
love for family, farming and non-profit work.
Jason is a fine instrument collector and appreciator, a father and a truly dedicated student of mandolin and its infinite possibilities.
Contact Jason at: firstname.lastname@example.org