After running the gamut of family band through regional bands in his home state of
Iowa, he was off to Nashville where he soon found himself an endorsing artist for
the Gibson Guitar Company, travelling the country with the Gibson All-Stars, featuring
master luthier and good friend always, Mr. Charlie Derrington. Brian still plays
the Granada he was given by the Gibson Company.
He spent a season on the bass with Oklahoma favorites, The Arbuckles.
Then on to Ferrum, Virginia where in 1987 he took over the banjo spot in the Lonesome
River Band. He worked under bandleader Tim Austin and co-founder Jerry McMillan, and had the honor to work with
two of the finest musicians and people around, Adam Steffey and later Dan Tyminski.
The fall of 1988 brought new excitement as Brian and Adam joined with Tim Stafford,
Barry Bales and Tammy Rogers in the new band, Dusty Miller. Dusty Miller immediately
performed at a 1988 IBMA showcase, and began touring nationally. Two recordings
were released, the self-titled debut on June Appal records, and a project known simply
as "The White Tape."
Photo by Larry Steur
After winning the 1990 SPBGMA International Band Contest, Dusty Miller toured into
the summer, then played its final show to an audience at the 1990 Nashville Fan Fest.
Adam, Tim and Barry went off with Alison Krauss. Brian played an International
Dance festival in Europe with Tammy, then played shows with David Harvey (Wild &
Blue), Gary Brewer & the Kentucky Ramblers, and the Charlie Sizemore band. Brian
says, "Performing with Charlie Sizemore was one of the highlights of my career. He's
one of the best singers and performers in the history of Bluegrass, and a gentleman
In 1991 Brian reloacted to the Twin Cities area, where he performed with area talent
such as the Christensen Sisters and Monroe Crossing. He's been featured on numerous
artists' recording projects, including Chris Silver, fiddler Brian Wicklund and Wisconsin
favorite Highwater. He has also recorded with bands outside of the traditional bluegrass
vein, such as Taconite Haven, Arcana 81, Spy Mob and the Lorie Line Pop Orchestra.
In January 2002, Brian became a regular member of Becky Schlegel’s touring group,
and has been on every album of hers since Drifter Like Me (2005). Since 2007, Brian
and Becky have co-produced her albums for the Lilly Ray Records label, achieving
international acclaim for 2008’s “For All The World To See.” This project was picked
up by IGO Records out of Nashville.
Following the success of the latter recording project and several trips to Nashville
to promote it and appear at the IBMA convention, Brian returned to Nashville, TN
in the spring of 2009. He currently teaches and is preparing for a new CD release.