Keith Yoder has been teaching full time since 1994 on guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, and dobro. In addition to private lessons, he also teaches via Skype and has taught at the following music camps: Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Camp, British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop/Nimblefingers, Merlefest Jam Camp, Walker Creek Music Camp, Riverfolk Jam Camp, Great Northern Bluegrass Jam Camp, AmanaJam, Swan Valley Jam Camp, 108 Cabin Fever Bluegrass Workshop and of course the Strawberry Jam Camp. He is looking forward to a great time with all of the students in Strawberry Point. Come prepared to play a lot and we'll have a great time.
"Bob's banjo music is a dipperful of cold well water at the end of a long hot dusty day." – Greg Brown
Bob has bluegrass roots going straight back to Bill Monroe, The Father of Bluegrass Music. Bob toured and recorded with the late great musical master during the 70's, learning much about songwriting and performing which he now brings to audiences all over the world. Drawing on bluegrass, folk, and gospel music traditions, Bob creates his own brand of Midwestern Roots music, which features both original and traditional songs and instrumentals.
Copper Creek, Rebel, and Green Valley recording artist Bob Black has performed with Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, Rhonda Vincent, The Whites, Frank Wakefield, and many others. He is a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist of international acclaim. Bob has recorded with Norman Blake, Greg Brown, Kenny Baker, Bill Monroe, John Hartford, Bo Ramsey, Sam Bush, and more (over 30 albums in all). He has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry many times.Bob's banjo music is a dipperful of cold well water at the end of a long hot dusty day.– Greg Brown
Bill Cagley is a full-time musician who bought his first guitar the day he graduated high school. Bill learned music in Waterloo and Iowa City, Iowa, by listening to recordings and playing with such masters as Al Murphy and Bob Black. He became a full-time musician in 1987.
In 1992 and 1999 Bill recorded Cagley, Schafer, Black, and Njoes, a collection of old-time fiddle tunes with fiddler Tom Schaefer, banjo player, Bob Black, and bassist Sandy Njoes. He also appeared on Greg Brown's recording Down in There. Bill is a regular solo performer operating with the motto, "Music of all ages for all ages." He entertains at historic sites, senior centers, and family outings, among others.
Paul Roberts has been playing bluegrass music since 1978. He plays banjo, bass and guitar, and is a singer-songwriter. He has done a great deal of performing with two of Eastern Iowa's theatrical groups, Iowa Theatre Artists Company and The Old Creamery Theatre. Paul has fans among bluegrass lovers throughout the state of Iowa and beyond. His unusual sense of humor shines through in many of his songs and onstage comments. He has been teaching students to play banjo, guitar, bass guitar, and the big bass fiddle for more than 15 years and enjoys teaching at the Strawberry Jam Camp and IceJam. Paul plays banjo with his wife in the Great Bluegrass Herons, the McPunk Brothers and Goin Up Caney. He also plays bass in the Banjoy Band, and electric guitar in his church band Sharon Praise. He likes to pick!
Scott Amos began his entertainment career in 1st grade, as a class clown, sacrificing honor, dignity and respect for the entertainment of others. This experience inevitably prepared him for the role as a banjo player. Now, a 35 year veteran of the performing arts, Scott’s resume includes performing with the Country Bluegrass Express (1985 - 1987), String Fever (1987-1991), a 20 year stint as the banjoist and MC for Bluegrass Addiction (1991-2011), 25 years as bassist/guitarist for the Glen Klyn Dance Band (1985-2010), as well as current projects as banjoist and consultant for The Bluegrass Blondies AKA The Amos Family Band (2008 – current). As a promoter of Bluegrass and Acoustic Music, Scott is active in providing consulting services to acoustic music promoters/music events, as well as instructing guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, bass, and vocal training to interested beginners across Southeast Iowa.
Recognitions include BMAI Banjo player of the Year 2017, BMAI Entertaining Band of the Year 2017, SPBGMA Gospel Group of the Year 2016, and Iowa Bluegrass Hall of Fame inductee 2015. Banjo of choice: Stelling 5-string Bellflower. Scott endorses Blue Chip Picks, Showcase 41 finger picks, D’Addario strings, and Dan Clemons Custom Straps dba: Dan’s Saddle, Tack, Leather Shack.
Between Donna and Rick, they have had songs recorded by Doyle Lawson, Larry Stephenson, Claire Lynch, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Nu-Blu, Keith Whitley (when part of Ralph Stanley’s band), Don Rigsby, & Volume Five to name a few. Donna also had a song on the Grammy winning album Streets of Baltimore by Del McCoury Band. She is also the author of the The Songwriter in Me: Snapshots of My Creative Process and has recorded many songs she and Rick co-wrote on her nine album releases that have been at the top of many bluegrass and Roots Music charts. Donna was named the 2016 IBMA Songwriter of the Year. In 2017 she won the IBMA Song of the Year Award for writing the bluegrass hit, “I Am A Drifter”, recorded by Volume Five and in 2018 she was named SPBGMA Songwriter of the Year.