The Virginia Ramblers
(L-R: Jeff Vogelgesang, Donnie Shifflett, Charles Frazier, and Zack Deming)
MEET THE BAND
Charles Frazier (lead singer and guitar). Charles' early bluegrass idol was Jimmy Martin. Charles began with the band Skyline Express, and has toured on mandolin and tenor with the Country Gentlemen. Charles was a Virginia Cutup for 27 years.
Donnie Shifflett (upright bass and lead/baritone vocals) was a Virginia Cutup for 14 years. Donnie comes from Greene County, Virginia, outside the town of Dyke, where he raises Tennessee walkers.
Jeff Vogelgesang (mandolin and tenor) began playing back in Ohio. Jeff was a member of the Virginia Cutup for 14 years, and also performs with Charlottesville songwriter Jan Smith (honeybirdmusic.com).
Zack Deming (banjo) a Michigan native, brings a driving Scruggs-style sound to the band. Zack played in the Santa Cruz, CA area while building guitars at the Santa Cruz Guitar company, and came to Virginia three years ago to build Stelling banjos. In Virginia, Zack's fire and traditional leanings have led to stints with several bands, most notably King Wilkie.