has played music since the age of six. His is a powerful voice well suited to American roots forms — Country, Bluegrass, Old Time and Folk. A multi-instrumentalist, Mike mainly sticks to mandolin and lead guitar with this group, though fiddle or clawhammer banjo can show up unexpectedly.
His fingerstyle guitar playing is now featured on a Solid Air Records (www.solidairrecords.com) release entitled Clawhammer Guitar: The Collection, also featuring Steve Baughman, Jody Stecher and Alec Stone Sweet.
"... a typically eclectic set on any number of instruments; he's one of those musicians who believes you don't have to be flashy to be good -- and he's much better than good."
Larry Kelp, East Bay Express, San Francisco area
"... all-round musician Michael Stadler
(one hell of a country singer)."
Laurie Lewis, SF Bay Area bluegrass musician
"Michael Stadler has the voice of a very loud articulate angel. He's a master interpreter with a beautiful voice, a thoughtful and humorous songwriter. And he's an accomplished & sophisticated player of just about anything with strings. A total pleasure. Don't miss him!"
Mary Tilson, Berkeley, CA, KPFA 94.1
(www.kpfa.org), America's Back Forty
“…an East Bay bluegrass stalwart known for his tasteful and restrained musicianship.”
Nearly Beloved CD review – Rootsrock.com
has played and sung bluegrass and country music for over, well plenty of years. Born in San Francisco and a life-long Bay Area resident, she has played, recorded, and toured with The All Girl Boys, Laurie Lewis and Her Bluegrass Pals and The Fog City Ramblers. “ Her vocals and guitar playing have been featured on other recordings by Lewis, as well as those of Tom Rozum and singer-songwriter Erica Wheeler.
Described as a “…strong, stylish singer” in Bluegrass Unlimited, Mary is a member of a short list of soulful California-bred, female bluegrass vocalists that includes Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick, and Kate Brislin. Her powerful voice adapts easily to any style, be it emotive country, gutsy blues or straight-ahead bluegrass.
Her highly regarded rhythm guitar playing has earned her teaching slots at major music camps and a feature article in “Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.” She adds her original songs to the quartet’s carefully chosen repertoire.
“[Mary Gibbons] is a strong, stylish singer, whether burning through some bluesy bluegrass or wearing out a country weeper. “
“Distinctive original material and lead vocals by Mary Gibbons key the debut…”
“Mary has a great sense of rhythm and is dedicated to rhythm guitar—a valuable asset to any band. She doesn’t play wimpy guitar—she gets in there with well-placed runs and a lot of power in her playing.”Laurie Lewis
Colorado Springs native, is a disciple of the steel guitar and dobro. Something about the liquid sounds one can make with a steel guitar just links up with the listener’s soul. He has performed professionally in studios and on stage since before before, and shared stages with Rose Maddox, David Nelson; opened for Willie Nelson and the Doobie Brothers. Currently plays with Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs, plus his own and others projects. The Stadler Gibbons Band is such a fun platform for steel. All perfect songs to orchestrate.
Jon's steel playing is equal parts soulful honky tonk and smoky jazz. - Mary Tilson, Berkeley, CA, KPFA 94.1, America's Back Forty
Born in Memphis and reared in Mississippi, Chuck grew up loving and performing the songs of Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams. He’s the newcomer to the Stadler Gibbons Band, assuming the bass chair in 2011.
When the boots come off, he performs vintage swing music with The Sylvia Herold Ensemble, American and European roots music with Euphonia, jazz and 1960s pop with The Spin Cats, and is an in-demand bassist in the Bay Area’s vibrant jazz scene.
He has been performed with the likes of Bobby Black, Joe Craven, Ed Johnson, Jinx Jones, David Keenan, Keith Little, Tony Marcus, Paul Mehling, Carol McComb, Jim Nunally, Ron Peters, The Saddle Cats, Jeff Sanford, Avram Siegel, Julian Smedley, Wake the Dead, Radim Zenkl, and many others.
Chuck has also worked as an actor and musician in numerous theater productions, including “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” and “Hank Williams: Lost Highway.”
He studied jazz bass with Glenn Richman, bassist for famed vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, and teaches bass at Berkeley’s venerable Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, at adult music camps, and at his Oakland home.
From a marinij.com review of Marin Theatre Company's "Woody Guthrie's American Song":
"But, oh my stars, the music! Sung beautifully by a small ensemble cast, Guthrie's songs are rousing and spellbinding in all the right places. Jeff Waxman's countrified arrangements are done proud by musical director Tony Marcus, Chuck Ervin and Harry Yaglijian on various combinations of acoustic guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and standup bass."