An Evening with Into the Fog

The Bluegrass Lounge presents: Into the Fog. A collaboration of newgrass and folk, featuring band members Brian Stephenson (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Will Maxwell (violin & vocals), Winston Mitchell (guitar, mandolin, dobro,vocals) and Jesse Stockton (guitar, banjo, vocals). Brian grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and moved to Wilmington in 2011 to study at UNCW. His first exposure to playing music was going to the Campbell Folk School and other folk music camps across North Carolina with his grandparents playing the dulcimer. At the age of ten he picked up the guitar, and started writing songs a few years after that. His style is that of a folk/country singer-songwriter and much of his musical influences come from exposure at a young age to outlaw country and the folk rock of the 60’s and 70’s by his father Mark. By the time he got to UNCW, he had picked up playing the banjo and mandolin. Then exposure to newgrass and jam bands developed his style further. He’s looking forward to taking the next step in his musical career and exploring the country.Will picked up his first cardboard violin at the age of 5. Started taking lessons and started playing in a family hymn sing by the age of 8. He competed in celtic and bluegrass competitions with his father Peter Maxwell up through his teenage years, all the while studying classical up in the New England area. Improvisation became a point of interest in college as he continued studying classical and was a member of the orchestral ensemble “The Accidentals” for several years under Dr. Gualdi of the UNC Wilmington Music dept. He wrote several ballads in his spare time that he hopes to publish some day. Bar shows with Jeremy Norris, a local Wilmington musician, played a huge part in the development of his stage performance and adaptability to song diversity. The Midatlantic was the next big step that provided the stepping stone to create and perform at a much higher level. They toured together for several years and is thankful for all of the achievements they accomplished together, including: winning the Carolina Music Awards folk division, placing second in the Floydfest competition, Winning the Hourglass competition, playing numerous festivals up and down the east coast, and opening up for their idols.Winston Mitchell started playing guitar at 14, learning from his father who played country, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll music. His father was a skilled guitarist, singer, songwriter, and pedal steel player, as well as Winston’s heaviest influence musically. Eventually Winston began branching out on his own, answering his own musical questions through open ears and eager fingers. Listening to mainly rock ‘n’ roll and old country music up until his mid-20s, his brother-in-law Adam introduced him to a newer, more modern style of Bluegrass. This music reminded him of the stuff his dad used to listen to, but with a sound and flare more relatable to what he enjoyed. He still enjoys playing electric guitar but has a special passion for all things acoustic, specifically the jammier side of things. Three years ago he gave into a long-lived curiosity and began playing mandolin; it was love at first note. Along with mandolin he also plays dobro, which he enjoys alternating regularly.Jesse was born and raised in the red clay piedmont of Wedington, North Carolina. Brought into music at an early age by his mother who would sing and play piano, or guitar, and sometimes her own childhood ukelele. He began his lessons on piano at the age of 9, moving to guitar at 12 and writing his first song. Since then he has been performing nation wide for 12 years releasing 2 albums. He has also been a featured artist at Merle Fest, a bluegrass festival put on in honor of the late great Merle Watson. Playing music alongside a line up that included Tony Rice, Keller Williams, Joe Smothers, Steep Canyon Rangers and many more. He is excited to join Into The Fog, and continue in this high energy jamgrass musical journey.

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