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Mike Stadler & Mary Gibbons Band

Formed to play at San Francisco's 2003 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, this fine gathering of highly experienced musicians finds common ground between early Country and Bluegrass and adds original material and contemporary songs to reach that goal. This acoustic-oriented band features clean, intricate harmonies - up to four parts - stacked atop a bed of dynamic acoustic instruments and pedal steel guitar. 



Mike Stadler

Mike has been in music since age six. His is a powerful voice well suited to American roots forms — Country, Bluegrass, Old Time and Folk. A multi-instrumentalist, Mike mainly sticks to mandolin and lead guitar with this group, though fiddle or clawhammer banjo might also put in an appearance. His solo CD North Country features nearly all of the band members. His clawhammer style guitar playing is featured on a Solid Air Records ( release, Clawhammer Guitar: The Collection, which also features Steve Baughman, Jody Stecher and Alec Stone Sweet.

Duet with Mary, Jon on dobro - Flame in My Heart

"...Stadler's original ' Dogs in the Creekbed/Gator in the Lap Lane' is a haunting rhythmic tour de fource." - Acoustic Guitar magazine

"... all-round musician Michael Stadler (one hell of a country singer)."  - Laurie Lewis, SF Bay Area bluegrass musician

"Michael Stadler has the voice of a very loud, articulate angel. He's a master interpreter with a beautiful voice, a thoughtful and humorous songwriter. And he's an accomplished and sophisticated player of just about anything with strings. A total pleasure. Don't miss him!"  - Mary Tilson, Berkeley, CA, KPFA 94.1 (, America's Back Forty

"... a typically eclectic set on any number of instruments; he's one of those musicians who believes you don't have to be flashy to be good — and he's much better than good. " - Larry Kelp, East Bay Express, San Francisco area

"…an East Bay bluegrass stalwart known for his tasteful and restrained musicianship."  - Nearly Beloved CD review –

Mary Gibbons

Mary has played and sung bluegrass and country music for decades. Born in San Francisco and a lifelong Bay Area resident, she has played, recorded, and toured with The All Girl Boys, Laurie Lewis and Her Bluegrass Pals and The Fog City Ramblers.

Her voice and guitar are featured on other recordings by Lewis, as well as those of Tom Rozum and singer-songwriter Erica Wheeler. 

Described as a "strong, stylish singer" in Bluegrass Unlimited, Mary is a member of a short list of soulful California-bred, female bluegrass vocalists that includes Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick and Kate Brislin. Her powerful voice adapts easily to any style—emotive country, gutsy blues or straight-ahead bluegrass.

Her highly regarded rhythm guitar playing has earned her teaching slots at major music camps and a feature article in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. She adds her original songs to the quartet's carefully chosen repertoire.

A Mary original - Tell Me True

“[Mary Gibbons] is a strong, stylish singer, whether burning through some bluesy bluegrass or wearing out a country weeper. “ Bluegrass Unlimited

“Distinctive original material and lead vocals by Mary Gibbons key the debut…” International Bluegrass

“Mary has a great sense of rhythm and is dedicated to rhythm guitar—a valuable asset to any band. She doesn’t play wimpy guitar: she gets in there with well-placed runs and a lot of power in her playing. ” Laurie Lewis

Jon Mitguard

Jon grew up at the foot of the Colorado Rockies and handles pedal steel and dobro for the band. A diverse stylist, Jon has a Masters from the Honky Tonk University. In addition applying the sweet liquid steel, Mitguard sings lead and harmony.

Jon is a cofounder of Barbwyre, a project near and dear to his heart featuring originals by Jon and also by fine mandolinist, guitarist and singer Dana Rath.

Jon on pedal steel - I Won't Be Home No More

“Jon’s steel playing is equal parts soulful honky tonk and smoky jazz.” - Mary Tilson, Berkeley, CA, KPFA 94.1, America’s Back Forty

Chuck Ervin

A Mississippi native, Chuck fell in love with country music before he could even chew tobacco. He began playing bass with the Mike Stadler & Mary Gibbons Band in early 2011 and also performs with swing ensemble Sylvia Herold & the Silvertones, folk quartet Euphonia, jazz/pop guitarist Chris Grampp, and Celtic folk/rock group Wake the Dead.

Other Bay Area musicians he’s worked with include Bobby Black, Keith Little, Ray Bierl, Tony Marcus, Ed Johnson, and Julian Smedley. He has worked as an actor, bassist, and singer in stage productions at Marin Theater Company, Center Repertory Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre, and Contra Costa Civic Theater.

He studied jazz bass with Glenn Richman, bassist with vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, and teaches bass at music camp and at his Oakland, CA, home

From a review of Marin Theatre Company's "Woody Guthrie's American Song":

"But, oh my stars, the music! Sung beautifully by a small ensemble cast, Guthrie's songs are rousing and spellbinding in all the right places. Jeff Waxman's countrified arrangements are done proud by musical director Tony Marcus, Chuck Ervin and Harry Yaglijian on various combinations of acoustic guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and standup bass."