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. Jason has also written 10 songs on the follow up album "Losing Time"
At the age of 12, Doug Clifton began playing bass at his home Church, Macedonia Freewill Baptist in the 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. Doug has played with multiple 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 National touring bands including New Tradition, Bradley Walker, Kenny & Amanda Smith, The Primitive Quartet, and The Isaacs.
Janice was born and raised in central Missouri. The love of bluegrass started at a very young age. She grew up listening to records of Flatt and Scruggs, Reno and Smiley, Jim and Jesse and The Stanley Brothers just to name a few. Her dad took the family to bluegrass festivals as kids, and getting to see Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and Jim and Jesse live, sparked the love of the music even more. At the age of 12, she picked up the banjo and along with her family, formed The Bluegrass Martins who toured nationwide for nearly 18 years, winning the S.P.B.G.M.A International Band Championship in Nashville TN, in 2007.
Over those years she was awarded Banjo player of the year, 9 times for S.P.B.G.M.A Midwest. Janice endorses Hopkins Banjos and is honored to have a Signature series model named after her. Highlights over the years include collaborating with some amazing artist such as Leona Williams, and was recognized as one of "The Daughters Of Bluegrass" which took her on a tour of Canada, and a bluegrass cruise with Rhonda Vincent, just to name a few.
In 2018 she took a hiatus from touring and playing music to raise a family, playing a few shows here and there with The Bluegrass Martins as time allowed.
When the call came to audition for Route 3, there was no doubt this is what God was calling her to do. Being asked to be a part of Route 3, is surreal and amazing to be following in the footsteps of two of her musical heroes and mentors, but also just to be able to play music alongside incredible artist of like-minded faith, is something Janice had been praying for and for God to allow her to use her talents, and to tell people about Jesus and what He's done for her and what God's love can do for you.
While attending College of the Ozarks, Greg developed an interest in playing guitar and soon, with the help of his uncle James Potter, purchased his first quality guitar. Together they began attending local jams, including the longstanding Monday night jams at McClurg, MO where he learned to “second” on guitar. During this time, he met long-time friends Justin George, Tim McClung, Jeremy George, and John Combs and began playing festivals throughout Missouri and Arkansas. This group of friends has continued to play together for over 30 years. Around 2002 Greg joined the group Southwind as the mandolin player and was fortunate to record two albums during this period. Following the time with Southwind, Greg was asked to join the well-established group Arlington and hold down the guitar and harmony parts for the next two years until his family started growing and choosing to take a break from the busy schedule of a touring band. In 2010, Darrell Turnbull called and asked if he would be interested in filling in at his Back Forty Bluegrass festival to fill one of the band slots. This resulted in the formation of the Missouri River Band and produced a self-titled, debut album in which Greg was nominated for S.P.B.G.M.A. songwriter of the year in 2012. For the past several years, he has been spending time with family and filling in with various bands when the opportunity arises.