Trevor Watson came from a musical family, indoctrinated into the world of bluegrass at an early age when he began playing the small-scale banjo his dad built for him at age eight. Trevor was a cast member at The Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach before joining Lou Reid & Carolina and had a short stint playing with Seldom Scene as well. Watson has also recorded and toured with Shannon Slaughter, recorded on other numerous bluegrass projects and is now playing banjo and singing harmony vocals with Olivia Jo.
Doug Bartlett is a well-respected, seasoned veteran on the bluegrass music circuit. Bartlett has been a professional musician for over 40 years, touring across the United States, Canada and Europe. The talented, multi-instrumentalist has cut quite a path through the years as a member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Lonesome River Band, James King Band, and Del McCoury just to name a few. He has also won two IBMA awards and is a two-time Grammy nominee. Bartlett is a fine singer-songwriter as well and is now playing fiddle with Olivia Jo.
Bryan Hutchens grew up in the rural town of Sandy Ridge, North Carolina. He was the bass player for the country trio “The Hutchens” with Atlantic Records. After their stint with Atlantic Records, Bryan continued to play bass guitar and explored different musical genres. Bryan says, “Music has always been a big part of my life. I can’t remember not being able to play a musical instrument. It’s very refreshing to return to my roots and be a part of the Bluegrass scene with Olivia Jo.”
Stewart Werner was exposed to acoustic and bluegrass music from a very young age. He is a talented multi-instrumentalist who has been playing banjo since age six and mandolin, guitar, and bass since he was 13. He is currently attending Ferrum College in Virginia where he is majoring in Music Performance and is excited to have the opportunity to play mandolin with Olivia Jo & The MVPs.
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