Into The Fog is a genre jumping string band located in Raleigh, North Carolina. With various backgrounds ranging from bluegrass, country, rock, to funk, Into The Fog creates a musical melting pot of sounds in an acoustic/newgrass setting. The band is made up of Brian Stephenson on Vocals and Guitar, Winston Mitchell on Vocals and Dobro/Mandolin, and Derek Lane on Vocals and Bass. Originally formed in Wilmington, NC late in 2017 around an opportunity to play in the band competition for the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Into The Fog is quickly making a name for themselves throughout North Carolina and beyond. In November 2018 the band went up to a cabin outside of Waynesville, NC and spent a week recording their debut album Wishin It Would Rain, which was released on February 22, 2019.
“The trio crafts a dynamic mix of songs and sounds, from the gypsy feel of “Cacawphonation” to the running-from-Johnny-Law feel of instrumental “Cedar Island Rendezvous.”-Brian Tucker(Star News)
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.
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 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.