Band Bios

Jim Bertolin - BanjoJim Bertolin - Banjo, Dobro, Vocals

The "drive behind the 5" has been playing bluegrass since the '70s when he played with the Windy Ridge Ramblers and the Prairie Union Bluegrass Band touring the Midwest. Self-taught, he plays a variety of styles from classic Scruggs to melodic fiddle tunes and old-time frailing.

Attending bluegrass festivals since 1972, he was fortunate to see many of the bluegrass pioneers on a regular basis including Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, Don Reno, Ralph Stanley & Roy Lee Centers. This provided a deep understanding of bluegrass that is at the core of Jim's vision for the Stanleytones. He also saw the great brother acts of Bobby and Sonny Osborne, Jim and Jesse, and a rare performance of The Allen Brothers. His musical influences for traditional banjo playing are Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley and J.D. Crowe; for his melodic influence he credits Bob Black and Jack Hicks. His main dobro influence is Josh Graves.

Bob Jackson - GuitarBob Jackson – Guitar, Vocals

Originally from Maryland, Bob learned to love bluegrass music from his dad and started out on guitar. Tony Rice, Doc Watson, and David Grier were all big influences.

Bob is also an accomplished fiddle player and counts Ron Stewart, Stuart Duncan, and Bobby Hicks as his heroes. He occasionally teams up with bandmates Clark or Dan for twin fiddle songs.

Bob moved to Loveland after living in Brooklyn, NY and was thrilled to find a thriving Colorado bluegrass scene.

Clarke Wright - FiddleClarke Wright - Fiddle

Since the early '70s, Clarke has been playing bluegrass in some form or another. He worked with David Ferretta and the Sunday River Boys in Denver and appears on their Biscuit City recording "You Can Dress 'Em Up, But You Can't Take 'Em Out." He spent over 30 years with The Hollywood Rodeo Band and later, their pared down acoustic version High, Wide and Handsome. They recorded 7 albums and toured extensively, visiting over 40 nations and territories, entertaining our nation's Armed Forces.

He picked up the fiddle "sometime back in the 20th Century", is self-taught and says "when I hit a wrong note or clam-out a break I just blame my teacher".

Dan O'Leary - BassDan O'Leary– Bass, Vocals

Dan grew up in a musical family in northeastern MD, taking in dad's jazz piano and bass, his sisters' harmony singing, and his brother's guitar lessons.

In 1975, as a teenager, Dan snuck into a 'fiddler's convention' in Conowingo, MD. He saw his first campfire jam sessions and heard Ola Belle Reed on a small stage singing with raw power unlike anything he'd heard. That night set Dan's musical compass. With 'Whitney,' his dad's Kay bass, Dan and friends formed Thomas Run Valley Boys Bluegrass Band, emulating Flatt and Scruggs, the Stanleys, Ricky Skaggs, and J.D. Crowe. The Boys played around home in the "big venues" including Bob's Mobil in Hickory, Thomas Run church, Marylea Farm, Harford County Coon Club and local festivals. They met Ralph Stanley who came around often, and they hung close to area legends Mike Mumford, Ted Lundy, Bob Paisley, and John Glik.

Dan is also an accomplished fiddle player.

After many musical years, Dan is more passionate than ever about playing traditional bluegrass and honored to be a Stanleytone!

 Nathan Swartz - MandolinNate Swartz - Mandolin, Vocals

Nate Swartz began his musical journey playing piano at the age of five then later on, shifted his talents to guitar by studying Classical, Rock and Jazz improvisation at Berklee College of Music. After leaving Boston he focused on playing Mandolin. Influenced by Bill Monroe, he got the bluegrass bug and experienced firsthand the magic of greats such as Jimmy Martin, the Osborne Brothers, Jim & Jessie, Ralph Stanley, Charlie Waller, Larry Sparks and many more.

Heading to Alaska, Nate and a childhood friend established the traditional bluegrass band Clark County. Their brother like harmonies, driving sound and legendary stage presence allowed the band to travel extensively and share the stage with some of the best in the business including David Grisman, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Peter Rowan and Colorado's own Bluegrass Patriots. He studied with Mandolin master Bernard Glansbeck and played full-time with the Bernard Glansbeck Quartet.

Nate joined the Stanleytones in 2014 picking and singing the high lonesome sound of bluegrass.