The Guys

  • Jim Morris
    Jim Morris of Back Porch Banjos , is a gifted performer, (singer and lead guitarist,) and sound technician. Jim makes his own instruments from the most unlikely materials. A retired police officer, he has opened for Franky Valli and the Four Seasons, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, and others. Jim and his wife, Kim, live in Springfield.
  • Bill Harris
    Bill Harris has recently retired from his chimney-sweep business. On bass, Bill has opened for George Jones, Seldom Seen, Vince Gill, and others. Bill flashes the smile of a new grandfather. Bill and his wife, Anita, live in Augusta.
  • Steve Bailes
    On rhythm guitar and vocals, Steve Bailes is a retired Hampshire County teacher and unretired farmer-- a guy who doesn't know a stranger in these parts. Steve and his wife, Terry Lynn, live in North River Mills.
  • George Constantz
    George Constantz, author of Hollows, Peepers, and Highlanders and talking head on the "Appalachia" PBS documentary. He is featured at the end of this clip: Retired from ecological research and teaching, but not from writing, George beats his vintage Slingerland drums. George and his wife, Nancy live in High View.
  • Russ Johnston
    Russ Johnston has spent the last 30 years working in research, development and testing of polymer films. When not in the laboratory he spends most of his time playing and recording music. He and his wife Melissa reside in Frederick County Virginia.