The Rumpke Mountain Boys combine signature vocals, a unique command of string instruments (acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass and banjo) and dynamic special effects into a singular musical experience. An emotion filled musical stream of consciousness with no setlist, minimal structure, and intuitive improvisational flow. In this way, they summon the energy of the crowd as their guide in linking just the right music to precise moments in time.
Grateful Dead Hour host David Gans proclaimed, “One of the things I love about the Rumpke Mountain Boys is that there’s a fundamental honesty in their presentation. This is something they share with my other heroes, Donna the Buffalo and the Grateful Dead. They don’t make set lists ahead of time, they don’t rehearse their songs to a fare-thee-well-- they perform in real time. All four of them write, which is very important, and they draw songs from a tremendous variety of sources... being a musician is a life-long learning experience, if you’re doing it right, and they are.”
Like playing around a campfire, the Boys take turns calling the next tune, distilling shows from a sea of infinite notes created from years of jamming. Drawing upon a growing catalog of originals and and an ecclectic mix of covers, the Rumpke Mountain Boys blend music like a fine Irish whiskey-- the result affectionately dubbed Trashgrass. The Boys titled their 2012 album release with the same name, followed by their 2013 release, Moon, which was recorded at the famed Royal Studios in Memphis. 2016's High Time, Low Tide marks the release of their 4th self-produced album.
2016 was outstanding for the string quartet. The Boys broke new ground throughout the the country including Colorado, California, Oregon, and the Southeast. Finishing up the year with two stellar highlights, their own Snuggleween and the Rumpke Mountain Boys New Years Eve Ball in their hometown of Cincinnati.
2017 promises to be even better, with extensive touring from coast to coast and the best festival lineup yet. Keep your ear to the ground because the Rumpke Mountain Boys are rolling into a town near you!
Adam Copeland: Guitar, Vocals
J.D. Westmoreland: Upright Bass, Vocals
J. D. Westmoreland is a jazz composer and performer, born September 13, 1973 in Fairfield, California. JD joined the Rumpke Mountain Boys in 2012.
Westmoreland is a multi-instrumentalist mostly playing improvisations and eclectic compositions. Earning a degree in Theory and Composition from the University of Memphis. Westmoreland showcased his talent as a composer being awarded the Smit Composition Award. More
Ben Gourley: Mandolin, Vocals
Jason Wolf: Banjo, Dobro, Harmonica, Saw, Vocals
Adam Copeland was born in Dayton, Ohio on December 18, 1979. Adam is an inventive singer-songwriter, and an accomplished musician on the guitar. Adam joined the Rumpke Mountain Boys in 2005.
Adam has had an infatuation with music his entire life. Growing up, he was exposed to a broad range of musical influences leading him to his first guitar when he was 12. More
Jason Wolf, born September 25, 1980 in Cincinnati, OH is a musician, singer and songwriter who plays Banjo, Dobro, Saw, Harmonica, Gourd, Upright Bass, Mandolin, and Pedal Steel.
A founding member of RMB, "Wolfie" has a colorful past of influences and experiences which allow him to create some of the most innovative and original bluegrass around. More
Ben Gourley was born in Champaign, IL on October 21, 1982. He is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and musician who plays the the Mandolin. Ben joined the Rumpke Mountain Boys in 2001 and has since composed over 25 songs.
Ben traces his first musical memories to music in the car as a child, looking forward to long drives where he could “really soak it in”. More