From left to right: Daniel Bohlman, Casy Meikle, Stuart Mason, Jerry James
The SLO County Stumblers are an energetic American string band based in California’s Central Coast. The band features fiddler Casy Meikle, guitarist Stuart Mason, banjo player Daniel Bohlman, and banjo builder Jerry James on bass. The band formed in 2018 when Meikle returned to California after several years in Middle Tennessee where he became steeped in the region’s musical traditions, traveling extensively with a variety of Southern string bands and with buckdancer Thomas Maupin. The Stumblers play hard-driving old time fiddle tunes and spirited songs, heavily influenced by the golden-era string bands of the 1920s and 30s. Their performance is filled with humorous stories and banter and is guaranteed to get feet moving across the dance floor.
In the short time since the band’s formation, the Stumblers have been hard at work, performing at a variety of folk and bluegrass festivals, square dances, oldtime fiddler’s conventions, as well as hosting the annual Pozo Oldtime Music Gathering. Each member contributes a unique role, educating and sharing their love of traditional music and craft.