Who We Are
Jim is one of the most versatile pickers in Southeastern Wisconsin, playing mandolin, fiddle, Irish tenor and clawhammer banjo with Roller Mills. You may also recognize him as the banjo and dobro player in the Big Cedar Bluegrass Band, as well as the host of the Sunday Bluegrass Show on WBKV-AM in West Bend.
Mike’s guitar leads, rhythm, and crosspicking, along with his vocals help to bridge the gap between old time and bluegrass. He joined the Roller Mills String Band after a 10 year stint as the lead guitar player for Pickin’ Up Speed.
Charlie comes to RMSB with 35 years of experience on the upright bass. He has played with many bluegrass bands in both Wisconsin and Illinois, including the Morgan Brothers and the Half Day Bluegrass Band. Charlie and Dale first played together in the Smoked Chubs Bluegrass Band in 2004.
Dale is known for his aggressive style of playing fiddle tunes on the hammered dulcimer. Bluegrass fans from the Midwest will also recognize him from his stints on mandolin with the Lost Marble Band, Urban Renewal, and Pickin’ Up Speed, as well as playing banjo for the Smoked Chubs. In addition to being the hammered dulcimer player for the Roller Mills String Band, he also preforms on the mandolin with the Squirrels’ Nest Live ensemble based out of Michigan.
More About The Band
The Roller Mills String Band is a high energy string band playing old time, Irish, bluegrass, and traditional songs with a focus on the hammered dulcimer. We have been together since March of 2007 and have played many festivals and family events, mostly in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Our music is played at a bluegrass push and has been describes as “old time music on steroids.” When you come to a Roller Mills String Band show, remember to bring your seat belt and strap in, or you might find yourself up and dancing. WARNING- Fun like this is contagious.
A Few of the Places We Have Played
Badgerland Bluegrass Classic 2007
Badgerland Fall Bluegrass Festival 2008
Badgerland Big Thaw Festival 2007-2014
Bluegrass at the Village Festival 2007-2014
Country Thunder USA 2014
Cedarburg Cultural Center 2013
Gebhard Woods Dulcimer Festival 2012
Maritime Heritage Festival 2008-2014
Port Washington Farmers Market 2008-2014
Villa Terrace Art Museum Concert Series, Milwaukee 2012-2014
University of Wisconsin Washington Co. 2011-2013