Gwen first started playing the banjo after seeing Bill Monroe years ago, but she was afraid to let anybody hear her. We’re so glad that she was having fun and didn’t give up, and eventually overcame that fear. Her unique playing style and wonderful vocals, along with her songwriting talent, are huge contributors to the Tussey Mountain Moonshiner’s success.
Bill Stetz has added his expressive bass playing (both upright and electric) to a wide variety of ensembles in the central PA region for over 30 years. While based in State College, PA he performed and/or recorded with Queen Bee and the Blue Hornet Band, AAA Blues Band, Arthur Goldstein Jazz Quartet and the Andy Tolins Bluegrass Revue along with a number of singer-songwriters including Kris Kehr.
Relocating to the Susquehanna Valley region 15 years ago, he has played jazz with pianist Steve Adams and drummer Phil Haynes, and the trio Burgess, Stetz and James; rock and blues with the Ann Kerstetter Band, and most recently, bluegrass with the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners.
Steve was born and raised in that hotbed of bluegrass, suburban Philadelphia. In seventh grade he began playing bass, then guitar, in his father's band. Together with their friend George they formed the nucleus of a number of bands such as The Sounds of Bluegrass, The Haycock Mountain Rainbow Chasers, and the seminal Northeast Extension. In the years since Steve has played his original songs in honky tonks and barrooms from Anchorage to Austin, Boulder to Belgrade. He now lives in State College with his wife and two daughters, fine singers all.
Jeremy Tosten is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist leading and siding in a number of central Pennsylvania bands over the past 15 years. Influenced by gospel and blues roots, Jeremy brings a spirited and improvisational style to the band complementing the Moonshiners' original songs and arrangements.
Though no longer a full time Moonshiner, Marc "Lumber City Slim" still finds his way back to the stage to join us when he can. Marc is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter who has played a wide variety of music in multiple bands. When he isn't busy working, you can find him playing music working, as a Luthier, building and repairing instruments, or brewing beer and drinking it.