As the name of the band suggests, bloodlines exist within Grass Stained Genes that help create their distinct sound. It has often times been said that music made by a family has an inimitable quality, and Grass Stained Genes gives credence to that belief. There is a musical tightness and a family looseness that allows Grass Stained Genes to continually add innovative and refreshing sounds to the traditional, new, and original bluegrass music they play.
The band, tracing its bloodlines from the Wellsboro, Mansfield, area of the northern tier, is lead by Pete McLelland (upright bass and harmony vocals). His sons, Ian (banjo), and Pete Jr. (mandolin), along with cousins Loren Slater (fiddle) and Micah Sargent (rhythm guitar & lead vocals) round out the “Genes” genetically. Noah Diehl (lead guitar), a Jersey Shore native, is the final member of the group. He gives the group a distinctive flat-picking guitar sound that characterizes most bluegrass bands, and adds a nice dimension to the band.
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