Junior Sisk (guitar, vocals)
Junior Sisk is widely recognized as one of today's top bluegrass vocalists and is a constant reminder that traditional bluegrass is still alive and well. A longtime resident of the Virginia Blue Ridge, his bluegrass pedigree runs deep. Influenced by a father who wrote songs and played guitar and a mother who sang, Sisk first learned to play around age 14. His early influences included The Stanley Brothers, Larry Sparks, and Dave Evans, but he often credits the Johnson Mountain Boys with inspiring him to pursue bluegrass professionally. Sisk first made his mark in bluegrass as a songwriter in the early 1990s, penning classic Lonesome River Band songs like "Game (I Can't Win)" and "Tears Are Blinding Me." As a member of Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz and Blueridge, he helped define the sound of driving, modern traditional bluegrass. Sisk founded Ramblers Choice in 1998, releasing Sounds of the Mountains on Rounder Records. After leaving Blueridge in 2006, he reformed the group and began a successful career with Rebel Records. His 2011 album Heart of a Song helped bring the band into the spotlight and eventually was named IBMA Album of the Year in 2012. Its single "A Far Cry from Lester and Earl," which Sisk co-wrote, became a rallying cry for a resurgence of traditional sounds in bluegrass and received the 2012 Song of the Year Award from the IBMA. Sisk was furthered honored when he was named 2013 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year, while his band earned the 2014 SPBGMA Bluegrass Band of the Year award. In 2016, "Longneck Blues," a collaboration with noted singer-songwriter Ronnie Bowman, was named Recorded Event of the Year by the IBMA. Most recently, Sisk received the 2017 Male Vocalist of the Year award from SPBGMA. He and his band now record for Mountain Fever Records, and are currently touring in support of their second album for the label, The Mountains Are Calling Me Home.
Jason Davis (banjo)
Bluegrass music has been part of Jason's life since he was very young. He first heard bluegrass when he was about nine years old while listening to music with his uncle, Thomas Davis. His uncle began taking him to local bluegrass festivals, and around a year later, Jason decided he wanted to learn to play banjo. His first gig on the road was at age fourteen with Michelle Nixon & Drive. He also spent time as a teenager playing with Kenny & Amanda Smith, Blueridge, and Grasstowne. He is currently the longest serving member of Ramblers Choice, having begun his tenure with the band in 2010. Jason has also released two solo albums, Stepping Out and Second Time Around, the first of which was nominated for IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year in 2009. While he's not on the road with the band, he can be found teaching banjo in the Bluegrass, Old Time, & Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University. He also enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time.
Johnathan Dillon (mandolin, vocals)
Johnathan is a native of Wirtz, Virginia, and began playing bluegrass music at the age of 7. Although mandolin was his first instrument, and is his current main instrument while playing with Ramblers Choice, he is also proficient on banjo, guitar, and bass. As a teen, he fronted his own group, The Johnathan Dillon Band, for about five years, and later spent three years with Michelle Nixon & Drive. He can be heard on their 2011 album A Place I Belong. Johnathan's mandolin influences include Adam Steffey, Doyle Lawson, Herschel Sizemore, and Dan Tyminski, among others.
Jamie Harper (fiddle, vocals)
A Mocksville, North Carolina native, Jamie began learning to play guitar when he was about six years old. However, he soon decided that his instrument of choice would be the fiddle. Although he comes from a family where performing is second nature, he was the first since his great-great-grandfather to play the fiddle. As he grew older, he increased his skills on the guitar while also learning to play the mandolin, banjo, and bass. Although he has enjoyed bluegrass music for many years, he also finds influences in a number of other genres. He was offered his first full-time gig playing music in 2003, and has played and recorded with some of the top bluegrass, Americana, and country performers in the years since. The artists he has been associated with include Michelle Nixon & Drive, Donna Hughes, Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain, Still-House, Marty Raybon, Blue Moon Rising, The Blue Dogs, and Red Marlow. While not on the road, Jamie maintains a full teaching schedule and plays on sessions for a variety of other artists. In his time off, he enjoys spending time with his family.
Kameron Keller (bass, vocals)
Kameron is a native of Greeneville, Tennessee who has spent a number of years playing bluegrass music both regionally and nationally. Prior to joining Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, he played bass for Alan Bibey & Grasstowne and has also spent time with the Darrell Webb Band.