Starting out on the wooden spoons in the kitchen mimicking his Uncle playing the fiddle, at the age of four Jered Widman picked up the fiddle himself for a short time. Just before high school he started pickin on the guitar, backing up the Oregon old time fiddlers and his uncle who continues to play. After hi school Jered started taking things a little more serious playing in the Hakanason Family Band and Steve Blanchard and the Open Range. When he turned twenty one Jered helped start a country band Muchmore country and played all over the US playing dive bars, fairs, and opening for some national country acts. On one of his many returns to Bluegrass, he found his harmony vocal blend with good friend Zach Driscoll was like the brother harmony of old and that’s when the Widcoll Brothers was formed. In 2009 he was asked to learn to play the bass for The Great Northern Planes and he welcomed the challenge playing every summer since. Along the way Jered got to know Josh Peter And Jeff (members of the Grass Station) and thought the blend of people and musicians would great for a band. Jered is proud to be a part of The Grass Station and looks forward to see where it will go.
Mandolinist and singer Jeff Smith credits the roots music radio shows on the air in the SF Bay Area for altering his brain chemistry. Since getting hooked as a teenager, he’s continued to be fascinated with the sounds of bluegrass music. As a founding member of the band Sam Hill, he added his own songwriting skills to the mix resulting in a unique traditional sound. He performed and recorded with the band for twelve years. Other groups that Jeff has been a part of include Brokentop, The Leah Larson Band and Old Friends. If he’s not playing music, he’s probably listening to it. If he happens to find some spare time, one may find him riding fat tire bikes, fiddling, doing some occasional logging and reminding himself why he has a day job.
Bassist Josh Adkins was introduced to acoustic music at an early age by his father, bluegrass guitarist Dale Adkins . Josh picked up the mandolin at age ten and then the guitar at thirteen, playing along with his father and grandfather. In his late teens he began playing the upright bass.
In a concerted effort to broaden his musical horizons, Josh was influenced by several artists whose impact is evident in his musicianship today, including Eric Clapton, Queen, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tommy Emmanuel, and the Rosenberg Trio.
Multi-instrumentalist Peter Schwimmer started playing banjo a month before his 14th birthday, when his cousin let him borrow his “old” banjo. He has since developed into a well respected musician, and has won awards at several instrumental contests, including those held at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Sunset Park (a nationally famous bluegrass and country music park located near West Grove, PA), the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and more. He has been a band member, played on stage, and recorded with some well known musicians including Jack Cooke and the Virginia Mountaineers (with Billy Baker and Tommy Neal), Del McCoury and the Dixie Pals, Mark O’Connor, Tony Trischka, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, the members of Hot Rize (Tim O’Brien, Nick Forster, Charles Sawtelle, Pete Wernick), Drew Emmett, the Chapmans, Tim Stafford, James King, Bill Grant and Delia Bell, Steps Ahead, Southfork, Front Range, Generic Bluegrass, the Muddy Bottom Boys, Dr. Corn’s Bluegrass Remedy, Sam Hill, Out of the Blue, Red Dirt Road, Train 145, Ida Viper, New Old Friends, Cedar Flats, the Columbians, the Zak Borden Trio, and others. Peter is excited about playing music with Break Time as he really respects the musicianship of Jered, Jeff, and Josh, and he thinks they are “good people” too.