When nine-year-old Jason Jordan met Bill Monroe, he got to play his mandolin, and his love for bluegrass music began. Shortly after that, Jason began playing mandolin in his first band, an all-youth band called The Parking Lot Pickers. This young group won a music contest that allowed them to then make their first recording. Jason subsequently was a founding member of Just In Tyme. It was around this time, that he started writing and arranging his own songs. Shortly after he got a call from long time friend, Lynn Coones, who extended the invitation for him to join Brightwater Junction as their guitar player. Jason, along with Lynn, Tonya, and Eric Coones, played for over 15 years together, and won the 2012 National Single Mic Championship. Jason co-wrote the song Captain that was recorded and made popular by Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and also wrote seven of the songs on the Route 3 debut album.
Mulittalented musician Roger Adams plays guitar, banjo, and mandolin-and plays them all well. Although he began playing guitar at the age of 12, Roger did not truly get interested in bluegrass music until he attended his first bluegrass festival in 1995. Soon after, he started playing banjo and singing tenor, then joined his first band, Misty Mountain Bluegrass. Roger has played in several bands including Brush Creek, Blue Star, and Tacie and The Sunshine Band. Roger also spent two years singing lead and playing guitar with Frank Ray and Cedar Hill. He has toured all across the Untied States, Canada, Wales, and Ireland.
At the age of 12, Doug Clifton began playing bass at his home Church, Macedonia Freewill Baptist in the little Southwest Missouri town of Purdy. Soon after, he and best friend Brandon Rickman, along with Brandon’s brother Heath and dad Gary, formed The Rickmans. In 2000, Doug was a part of New Reflections, winners of the S.P.B.G.M.A International Band contest in Nashville, Tennessee that year. Doug has played with several bands over the years including The Messengers, Breakaway, The Signature Quartet, The Kellys, The Drifters, Roaring River Sound and New Road. He has also filled in with various bands including The Morlans, New Tradition, The Weekenders, Bradley Walker, and Kenny & Amanda Smith.
Robby Boone started playing banjo at the age of 10. Two short years later, he landed his first musical gig with Gene Newby and The Round Mountain Boys. Since that time, Robby’s musical journey has included several groups, including Cedar Hill Grass, Billy Mounce and The Outlaws, Parker Mountain Bluegrass, The Drifters and Lonesome Road, who won the S.P.B.G.M.A. International Band contest in Nashville, Tennessee in 1999. Robby had been featured in Banjo Newsletter and has also served as a fill-in musician with such acts as Chubby Wise, Mac Wiseman, Gary Ferguson, Rhonda Vincent, and The New South. He has performed on the stages of such notable venues as The Station Inn, The Renfro Valley Barn Dance, and The Grand Ole Opry.