Versatility and quality performance are synonymous with the name of the Carroll County Ramblers. Each band member can provide several different qualities within the group, instrumentally and vocally. The group today consists of four members, two of which (Bonnie, and Dale Eyler) are family, with Steve Waldon, and Dave Dulaney who are considered part of the family, rounding out the group. The Ramblers have recorded several albums for Zap, Adelphi, and Alear labels plus several recording projects on their own label.
The Carroll County Ramblers have always made it their goal to perform the best show possible for whatever audience they face. They've been pleasing audiences for over fifty years -- the young, the old, dyed in the wool bluegrass follower as well as the casual bluegrass listener. Judging by the reactions of their audiences, they've been meeting their goal successfully and will continue to strive to do so. The Carroll County Ramblers have made their mark in bluegrass music and are here to stay!
Bonnie literally grew up on bluegrass music. As a tiny tyke she'd curl up to sleep in the instrument cases when her mom and dad were playing on stage. Bonnie learned to play fiddle and bass, and went on stage with the family when she was a little girl. She officially joined the band after graduating from high school. Besides playing bass and sometimes fiddle, Bonnie sings lead, tenor and baritone and writes and performs some of her own family oriented songs, "Grandma's Sewing Machine", and, "Harps of Gold".
Dale handles the fiddle and sings lead and baritone. Dale provides precise, melodic accompaniment during the group's vocal selections and rousing renditions of bluegrass fiddle tunes. Although Dale has studied classical violin, his heart is in bluegrass! He reads music, researches selections, and arranges some of the groups materials. Dale's keen wit and delightful sense of humor enlivens stage performances and chases away the boredom during those long road trips!
Steve has been with the group for almost 13 years now. He brings a traditional banjo style influenced by the bluegrass greats such as Earl Scruggs and Don Reno. Steve played in his first band, Briar Hollow, at age 13. Later he played with the Bluegrass Mountain Boys, before coming to the Carroll County Ramblers. He can be heard on three CD's with the prior bands. In his spare time, when not playing banjo, he can be found playing mandolin and guitar. Steve is happy to be a member of the Carroll County Ramblers with their long association in Bluegrass.
Dave Dulaney plays guitar and sings lead and harmony. He started playing and singing at age 8. Dave had played bluegrass and country music for several years with George (Toby) Tyler and Fiddling Country as lead vocals and guitar. Dave has been a song writer for several years and has a deep love for bluegrass with its hard driving tempo’s and tight harmony’s. Dave’s high energy songs will keep your toes tapping during the show.