About

Brian Stephenson

Vocals, Guitar, Banjo

Brian grew up in Wake Forest, 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 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.

Winston Mitchell

Vocals, Mandolin, Dobro

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.  Along with mandolin he also plays dobro, which he enjoys alternating regularly.

Derek Lane

Vocals, Bass

Derek Lane is from Wilmington, NC. A multi-instrumentalist himself playing drums, bass, and guitar with a background in funk he brings an interesting take on bluegrass. He has been playing music around Wilmington for years as a solo artist and with other Wilmington bands such as Medicated Sunfish, Gnarly Feat, and Animal Behaviour.

Michael Malek

Banjo

A native of WI, Michael has been playing bluegrass for over a decade. In his early 20’s, he was inspired to pick up the banjo for its great bluegrass Appalachian melodies. He was initially drawn to the sound after listening to contemporary acoustic jam bands, which has evolved into appreciating the traditional sounds and harmonies of bluegrass. Over the last 5 years, Michael has played banjo in the Triangle based band, Counter Clockwise String Band, while participating in festivals across NC. Michael met the band members of Into The Fog in 2018 while in Wilmington, NC and is honored to have this opportunity to join them on the stage.