Gail is a native Floridian and comes from a very musical family. Her dad played with the Carolina Partners in the 1950’s, and her mom played guitar and taught the neighborhood kids how to sing and play guitar. To take a line from one of her dads songs, “The house was like the Grand Ole’ Opry everyday!”
One of Gail’s earliest memories was of her Mom, Dad and the kids packed in the family station wagon traveling to play and sing at a tent revival in Alabama, with Dad’s doghouse bass in between the seats with the neck over her shoulder.
Gail is recently retired from Sears after 35 years of service. She now has more time to carry on her love of music that was instilled in her by her parents. She is married to the bands bass player, Ronnie, and they have one daughter.
Ronnie was born in Shelbyville, TN and moved to Florida as a child. Ronnie’s initiation into of bluegrass music was at the first Everglades Bluegrass festival at Monroe Station, FL in the late 1970’s, where he listened to Bill Monroe perform. Ironically he attended the festival with Gail’s brother who later became his brother-in-law.
Even though Ronnie played trumpet in the high school band, he didn’t pick the guitar until three decades had passed. Gail’s mom told Ronnie that there were plenty of guitar players and that they needed a bass player, so her Mom taught him how to play bass on her Dad’s 1937 King bass, which he proudly plays today.
Ronnie was a crane operator for many years, and is now in fleet maintenance for a local fire department. When Ron has the time, he enjoys bass fishing and being a part of his nephew’s super-late-model race car team.
Louise is from Edgewater, MD and also grew up with music in her family. She was taught harmony singing from her barber shopper dad, and learned music from years of piano lessons. She learned the guitar from watching Laura Webbers guitar lessons on educational television from Washington, D.C. and went on to play in high school folk bands.
Louise became a National park ranger in the late 1970’s where she met her future husband. She and her husband worked in National parks across the United States and eventually settled in Key Largo, Florida. Louise and Dave started a tropical fruit farm near Homestead, FL growing lychee fruit and which they still run today. They have raised three children who are also involved in music.
Louise discovered the South Florida Bluegrass Association in the mid-2000’s, joined in the association jams with her guitar, and eventually started playing the mandolin. Louise is currently employed as a horticulturist at Miami-Dade County’s Fruit & Spice Park.
Dave was born in Pittsburgh, PA where he discovered Bluegrass music at an early age. The Wheeling Jamboree was broadcast from WWVA radio in Wheeling, WV every Saturday night, and he listened to it regularly. He started playing guitar at age 12 with friends in the neighborhood. He found his first banjo when he was 14 in a pawn shop and has been playing it ever since. Dave moved to Florida in 1973 with his brother, Paul, and they soon became part of the South Florida Bluegrass community. Dave, along with Bob Shuler on Guitar and Bill Middleton on Bass formed the band “The Limited Edition in 1975. They soon recorded their first album and started performing at Bluegrass Festivals and County Fair’s. His brother, Paul, who played the Dobro, joined the band in 1976. The band moved to Maryville, TN to be closer to the mountains, but the cold weather drove them South where he’s been ever since. Dave and his brother bought the Banjo Shop in Hollywood, FL in 1979 and ran it for the next 15 years. During that time, he played Banjo with the Willow Creek Band. He also worked with Joe Dougherty as a duo in Irish pubs. Dave continues to work with Walt Rooney, at the Briny Pub in Pompano Beach every Sunday afternoon. One of his favorite experiences was being a featured performer on the Boca Pops Orchestra Crystal Gayle Show.