Millers Folly is a 6 piece Bluegrass Band that has been together 5 years playing traditional and contemporary Bluegrass Music. We play everything from Ralph Stanley to the Rolling Stones. We have a state of the art
live sound system to accommodate about any size crowd. We would love to play for your special event.
Price Range: $350 - $1200
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
Roz Carothers ~ Fiddle
Roz started playing the violin in third grade when she learned that she could miss English class twice a week if she played in the school orchestra. Music has provided her with an escape ever since. She studied the Suzuki method under Carol Hughes, and later under Virginia Schneider.
Roz started college at the age of 16 when she attended the University of Louisville School of Music. There she studied under Peter McHugh (violin) and Virginia Schneider (viola). She spent her summers at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the Meadowmount School of Music and the Aspen Music Festival.
Through a dubious relationship with one of Louisville's pre-eminent mandolin players, Roz was first exposed to bluegrass music. At the age of 19 she became the fiddler for Drowsy Maggie, a Celticband who's motto was "The more you drink the better we sound." She performed with Drowsy Maggie for 21 years. She also fiddled with Galloglass, Gilderoy Byrne and the Bluegrass Messengers. In 1987 Roz went to law school to support her musician habit.
She is very active in The Friends - an organization devoted to supporting and raising funds for the University of Louisville School of Music.Roz's violin is the same one she used during her season with the Louisville Orchestra, thus answering the age-old question, what's the difference between a violin and a fiddle. Answer: nothing, just the music you play on it!
Keith Chasteen ~ Guitar/Vocals
Keith was born and raised in Central Illinois where he began playing guitar at age 14. Early on, he was influenced by many episodes of the “Beverly Hillbillies,” where Flatt and Scruggs, among other bluegrass performers, were regular guests. The music from the movie, “Deliverance,” added fuel to the pickin’ fire.
While attending Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL, Keith was able to participate in bluegrass jams, attend festivals and learn of such jewels as the album, “Old and in the Way.”
After college, Keith headed west and ended up in Kemmerer, Wyoming for 13 years. It was here where long winters provided lots of picking time, but playing alone wasn’t enough. Keith co-founded the Kemmerer Coffeehouse series, where monthly performances and jams would occur throughout the winter months. Funds raised by the Coffeehouses provided for introducing a small concert series to the southwestern Wyoming community.
After attending the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, where several national and international instrument contests take place (along with many performances), Keith came up with the idea of hosting a Wyoming State Flatpick Guitar Contest in Kemmerer. The idea was introduced to the local Chamber of Commerce and in 1993, came to light. Additional instrument contests were added to the event, along with musical performances. After several years, the contests moved to the historic Triangle Park in Kemmerer and became the Oyster Ridge Music Festival ((link hidden)), where it continues to go and grow each year.
During his years in SW Wyoming, Keith also began to perform in various bands, from the Celtic band “Balnain” to the acoustic/bluegrass influenced “The Next Band.” Performances occurred throughout SW Wyoming and NE Utah. Living in Wyoming also provided many trips to the front range of Colorado during the time that many bands and festivals were gaining national attention from that area.
Keith left the mountains of Wyoming in 2001 for the swamps of southern Louisiana. In Louisiana, he attended bluegrass festivals, participated in several weekly jams and even learned some Cajun cuss words.
Since moving to Kentucky in 2003, Keith has enjoyed the Louisville community, the music and arts scene, good food, good beer and great people.
Keith Hardison ~ Mandolin
Keith’s love of music began as a very young child listening to his mother play the piano. He experimented with various instruments as a boy, taking piano lessons and playing clarinet in the elementary school orchestra.
As a teenager he bought his first guitar and learned a few chords. He ultimately ended up studying under one of Louisville’s premier jazz guitar instructors . ( The instructors name is being withheld since no self -respecting jazz guitar instructor wants to learn that one on his students turned into a bluegrass mandolin player)
Alas the demands of college and law school took their toll and he set aside his guitar concentrating on his career. After retiring from a legal career in state government he was looking for something to occupy his time. On a trip to to Colorado to visit a multi - instrumentalist musician friend he was handed a mandolin and shown a couple of open chords. Soon he was playing a couple of songs with his friend’s band.
Realizing that the music theory he learned in guitar classes quickly translated to the mandolin he returned to Louisville, rented a mandolin and signed up for an adult education class, “Beginning Mandolin”, and was hooked. After that class was over he signed up to study with the legendary Jim Smoak (Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, The Cumberlands) . He has played with the Bluegrass Messengers and transitioned to Millers Folly. He occasionally sits in with other Bluegrass groups and can be found in many of the Bluegrass jams springing up around town.
Keith plays a Gibson Master Model mandolin that his wife affectionately refers to as “Mandy” the other woman in his life.
BackStage Gary~Bass/ Vocals
BackStage got his name playing upright Bass on the back part of the stage. Backstage Gary was hatched, matched and will be dispatched in Kentucky. However, presently he is living the life with wife close to the grandkids in the Knobs of Indiana. He stays busy with outdoor activities and serving on the Tech Team at Southeast Christian Church.
His early years were lived on the old home place farm in Short Creek, Kentucky. It was there that grandpa Dennis showed him a few chords on the guitar. Grandpa played old time traditional tunes and songs with no particular genre. Great Grandpa Pappy played the old time claw hammer banjo and uncle would chop on the Mandolin. The word “Bluegrass” was not a form of music on the farm. It was just Old Time Pickin’.
While in the Navy in the early ‘70s, Backstage met the Dillards, otherwise known as the "Darlings" of Andy Griffith show fame, on a show at the Ice House in Pasadena, California. It sounded a lot like "Grandpa music" to Backstage so he got some Dillards music and packed it and his guitar on all three tours of Vietnam where there was plenty of time for pickin’.
Later in life, Backstage picked up the banjo and the bass and whatever else had strings. Jim Smoak was both his banjo and music structure teacher.
Backstage loves all types of music but the old time stuff from his past days takes front stage.
With a name like "Singery" you can guess what Deb does. You'll hear her singing lead and filling in harmony vocals on nearly every song.
Roger Miller ~ Banjo/Vocals
Roger is a hometown Louisvillian and has been a Bluegrass lover since his teen years. In those early years he played guitar and was influenced by the sound and skill of the greatest players the genre will ever know: Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and many others. Favorite picking memories from those formative years include Friday night jams at church and attending Beanblossom (where we picked all night til we fell asleep under the stars in our lawn chair!).
As college, work and family became a priority in those “middle” years, the guitar gathered dust, but the radio dial never moved far from that beloved Bluegrass sound. As the kids were growing, mandolin, stand-up bass, dobro and those fabulous Martin guitars were all added to the family collection and every holiday turned into a jam with family and friends. But still something was missing…that unique banjo twang.
Within the last several years, Roger picked up the banjo and loves the 3-finger, Scruggs style of play. The Louisville area is blessed with terrific banjo talent and Roger has studied under some of the best: Jim Smoak (formerly of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys and listed as a “Pioneer of Bluegrass” within the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame) and Richard Matteson (author of several Bluegrass song books). For two years, Roger played with the Bluegrass Messengers band until the group became less active.
Still connecting with his old Bluegrass friends and playing those same great and classic tunes, the Millers Folly Band was formed and the love for that banjo twang still lives on! Roger plays a Frank Neet custom banjo and has probably experimented with about every maker of strings and picks. Most recently, the Neet is wearing Bill Keith light gauge strings. Favorite finger picks come from Sammy Shelor and the thumb pick is an absolutely awesome Blue Chip brand. Who’da thunk that picks can be so varied and critical to player skill…but they are!
Influences & Inspiration
Bill Monroe (of course)
Flatt and Scruggs
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