Wanamaker Lewis (banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals and drums.has been a much-lauded professional musician in Philadelphia. From 1976 to 1980, Lewis was a member of The John Herald Band, and played venues from the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California to Carnegie Hall in New York. He then formed The Lewis Brothers, Philadelphia's premier bluegrass band, which performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival as well as hundreds of clubs throughout Philadelphia, the Northeastern US, and Europe.
Next, Lewis expanded to new musical areas and formed The Wanamaker Lewis Band -- a tight four-piece blues band. They thrilled audiences in venues such as Sellersville and The State Street Blues Stroll. Lewis's next project was The Philly Rhythm Kings, a Gypsy Swing/Americana band, reaching into the the music of Django Reinhardt as well as American jazz and blues genres. email Wanlew@gmail.com
Chuck Lindsay, Drums, vocalst, is from Western North Carolina, but has adopted a funky New Orleans beat to combine with philly funkiness to batten down Rootology's battery. He is also a member of Beats Walkin, a western Swing band, and other Phila groups. He consistantly proves that there is no place in bluegrass for drums, and adds a silky baritone to Rootology's trios, and sings lead on many numbers. An amateur comedian also, he invented what is now called the "knock , knock, who is there? " joke, but the patent was stolen by Henny Youngman, who never met Ckuck, In his spare time, he avoids insects and poor quality libation.
Larry Cohen is a monster bass player, musical arranger and record producer which first earned him public recognition through his work with the highly innovative bluegrass band Tony Trischka and Skyline, and later with national flat picking champ Mark Cosgrove During his Skyline tenure, Larry toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan and accompanied many top musicians including Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Jerry Douglas, Mark O’Connor, Peter Rowan, David Bromberg, Vassar Clements and Nanci Griffith. He has since produced albums for Barry Mitterhoff, Jay Ansill, Akira Satake and Mark Cosgrove and enjoys a busy performing and teaching schedule.
A joy to watch on stage as well as to listen to, Larry's approach is informed by his comprehensive background in classical, jazz and rock music as well as by his innate musicality. He sometimes ventures into comedy.
Eli Felton (aka Larry Feldman) is a multiinstrumentalist (guitar, violin, mandolin, lap steel, vocals) whose musical DNA is all over the place. Started on piano at 5, guitar at 12, and violin at 16. He took banjo lessons from Bill Keith and fiddle from Vassar Clemens in the early 70's.. As a teen, he was a bandmate of Eric Bazilian (Hooters, "What if God was one of us"), a guitar student of blues master Danny Starobin, and Jerry Ricks, promoted Doc and Merle Watson while at college in D.C, in 1970, played with John Lincoln Wright and the Sourmash Boy's' first album as a Boston Based Sourmash boy in the 70's, fiddled on Jim Rooney's 1977 Album "In it for the Long Run" with Buddy Spicher, Kenny Kosek, James Buchanan; Bill Keith, with played on on classic 45 rpm "Roly Poly" by harmonica legend Wildman Mike Turk, appeared on John Lincoln Wright's 1977 first album, "Takin' Old Route One:appeared with Jef Lee Johnson and Lester Chambers at the Phila. Folk Festival and Kennedy Center, and is a member of the noted Philadelphia based band "Rootology., which has appeared at Merlefest, Phila. Folk Fest, and others." He has also played and recorded reggae with Richard Ace and Sons of Ace, and was executive producer of several tracks by reggae legend Luciano and Jazz/country guitarist Van Manakas. In the 1990's He was associated with Studio One and Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, (Bob Marley's first producer and one of the founders of Reggae and Ska) He has recently appeared on CD's by Meghan Cary, AC Steel and the Galvanizers, Amy Duckett Wagner, and Mark Schultz and the Wayne Rangers.and a noted Jazz CD Hell With an Ocean View: Down and Out DownEast with Allen Lowe , Nels Cline, Ray Suhy and Matthew Shipp, a 2016 ESP records release Hell With an Ocean View: Down and Out DownEast "featuring Larry Feldman on mandolin and violin, a newcomer to watch" ) . He has shared the stage with Merle Haggard, Bela Fleck, Tony Trishka, David Bromberg, Livingston Taylor, Steel Drivers, Big Sandy, Asleep at the wheel, Emmy Lou Harris, Enery Gordy, Tony Brown, Bill Keith, Jim Rooney, Jonathan Edwards, Jef Lee Johnson, and many others. He also teaches stringed instruments and improvisation in Elkins Park, email Leflaw@gmail.com, text 2157135604