Meet the Band

Will Rausch (bass fiddle/vocals)
William wandered out to Portland a few years ago after spending most of his life hopping boxcars and going to grad school. He was raised in a bluegrass household and learned most of what he knows from his mandolin-pickin father. He spent many years merely listening to the high lonesome sound, but that all changed when he had finally lived enough heartbreak, hard times, and train wrecks that bluegrass seemed a natural form of expression.

Grant Raddon (guitar/vocals)
Grant rounds out Lost Creek's sound with his smooth baritone vocal attack and fine pickin' on his Martin guitar. Grant first got a steel-string guitar after he accidentally backed over his first instrument, a classical guitar. With the new guitar he learned every John Prine song he heard, including Paradise, a bluegrass standard. Everything he knows about bluegrass he learned from Dave and Brian and lots of Bill Monroe recordings, but he has been playing the guitar since his youthful days at Reed College. Grant finally became a contributing member of society (a high school Spanish teacher) after nearly a decade of avoiding adult responsibilities as a crab fisherman in the Bering Sea.

Kirk Miller (mandolin/vocals)
Growing up in South Louisiana, Kirk had little or no exposure to bluegrass. He started playing guitar in high school (like most guys, to meet girls) and played a little on and off over the years. Exposure to bluegrass would come later in life while attending school in Colorado and then while living in West Virginia. Portland's vibrant music scene inspired Kirk to pick up the mandolin and he has been obsessed with bluegrass ever since (just ask his wife). By day, Kirk is a mild-mannered veterinarian and lives with his wife, daughter, dog, and two cats. Kirk still plays some guitar and mandola and occasionally tortures a fiddle.

Dave Dowdy (banjo/vocals)
With his high, lonesome voice and Scruggs style banjo picking, Dave gives Lost Creek that hard drivin’ traditional bluegrass sound. He was first introduced to bluegrass when he moved to Portland in 1974. Dave says: “I started seeing the local bands such as Dr. Corn’s Bluegrass Remedy, the Muddy Bottom Boys, and the Sawtooth Mountain Boys when they played the local music scene and festivals, and I fell in love with bluegrass and the banjo. I bought a Gibson Mastertone banjo from Ian Joel, took a couple of lessons, and started jamming.” Dave lists Earl Scruggs and J.D. Crowe as the influence for his banjo style, but credits hours of watching and listening to the banjo players from the local bands (Mike Eisler, Ian Joel, Jim Mills, and Rick Shubb) for helping refine his style. A native Oregonian, he also plays guitar and fiddle and is a high school math teacher. Dave and his wife, Susan, have two boys, Brad and Gregg, and a daughter, Torrie.

Brian Donnelly (fiddle)
Brian originally discovered bluegrass in 1995 while attending the Mid-Winter festival in Colorado. He's been listening to and playing bluegrass on various instruments ever since. Major influences include Bill Monroe and Kenny Baker. Brian is also a huge fan and former mandolin student of Portland's own Greg Clarke. Brian makes a living as a technical writer and is a devoted family guy who loves spending time with his wife and two young daughters.