Upright bass instrumentalist Mark "Old Dawg" Davis is credited with getting Old Dawg Bluegrass together for that very first gig. Mark began his musical career playing keyboards and violin in high school. Soon after, he played electric piano and banjo in the country-rock band, Thunder Road. He soon got the bluegrass bug and learned to play the doghouse bass, performing with the bluegrass bands - Wind River, Carroll County Car Strippers and Thoroughbred. Well versed in bluegrass, gospel, blues and jazz music, Mark provides his impeccable timing, dynamics and solo capabilities to Old Dawg Bluegrass. He is also the bassist for the jazz and swing blues duo of Davis and Eng. Mark is a self-employed master carpenter and lives with his wife, Vanessa, in the Jamestown, NY area.
Mandolin and dobro instrumentalist Steve Strom comes from an entire western New York family of talented musicians, and is where he developed his love for bluegrass music. A multi-instrumentalist, Steve is formally trained on piano, and also plays guitar, banjo, Celtic folk harp, bass, and pennywhistle. In the early 80's he played guitar for several contemporary gospel bands. A veteran of countless jam sessions and bluegrass festivals, Steve has had the privilege and great fortune to play with bluegrass legends, Bill Monroe, Charlie Waller, and John Duffey. He also sits in with several other local bluegrass bands. Steve brings his vocal and instrumental talent, and many of the traditional and gospel tunes to the Old Dawg Bluegrass set list. He is an IT computer specialist and lives with his wife, Marty, in Jamestown, NY.
Banjo and dobro instrumentalist Bill White was born and raised in the bluegrass rich Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. His musical career began during the folk revival of the 1960's, when he played the guitar with Bingham Trio, a folk group that performed up and down the east coast. Later he played guitar with the gospel band, Breakfast. When Bill learned to play banjo and dobro, he was a member of several local bluegrass bands - Thoroughbred, Pine Ridge Review, and Foxrun. Bill brings his vocal talents and plays banjo,dobro and guitar with Old Dawg Bluegrass. He provides many of the traditional bluegrass songs to the set list. Bill is a retired English professor from Jamestown Community College and resides with his wife, Bonnie, in Cassadaga, NY.
Guitar and banjo instrumentalist Steve Eng is originally from Pennsylvania where his musical journey began as a jazz bassist in the late 60's. A few years later, he began to learn both guitar and bluegrass banjo. But besides bluegrass music, Steve also plays ragtime, jazz, country, blues and rock and roll guitar. Some bluegrass bands he played in Pennsylvania were the Whiskey Spring Boys and Sand Creek. He has performed at the Gettysburg , Gring's Mill and Winterhawk Bluegrass Festivals, and the Jamaica Rock and Blues Festival with countless jams in between. Steve is also an award winning "Travis" finger style guitarist. As a member of Old Dawg Bluegrass, he has introduced much of the non-traditional music to the band. Listen for him to throw in a Beatles or Beach Boys tune into the mix. Steve is also the guitarist and vocalist for the jazz and swing blues duo of Davis and Eng. He is a retired architect and lives with his wife, Missy, in the Jamestown, NY area.