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
Michael Leal Price
Michael Price is a bassist and music educator based in Marin. As a teenager he immersed himself in Rock, Blues, Folk, and related styles by playing with friends in a band that achieved local notoriety and had a lot of fun jamming.
As a young adult he went on to study music from many wonderful teachers at Santa Rosa Junior College, Cabrillo College, UC Santa Cruz, San Jose State University, and the Ali Akbar College of Music. During those years he played the bass in orchestras, jazz combos, big bands, concert bands, musical theater productions, Bluegrass and Old Time bands, Latin American ensembles, North Indian Classical music settings, and countless performances and jam sessions. It’s all got bass.
These days he teaches piano, guitar, and of course bass, while continuing to perform several times a week. Michael performs with numerous bands in the Bay Area such as Lulu and The Rent Party and the Lonestar Retrobates to name but a few. He was especially honored to be a member of Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks during Dan’s last years. He can be heard most Thursdays at the Jazz Gathering at The Fern Bar in Sebastopol.
He is the newest member of the Stadler Gibbons Band, admirably filling some mighty big bass player boots.