The Dirt Road Rascals Bios
Al Henderson (Bass, vocals)
Al, who has played bass with several groups, started playing bluegrass
in the 1970’s, then put his music on hold while raising four children with
his wife, Dana.
For the past four years, Al and Dana have been back on the bluegrass
fast track, playing their own music as well as hosting the Bluegrass
Pickin’, a weekly bluegrass/old gospel jam in Ellijay, Georgia.
In addition to hosting the weekly jams at Ellijay, Al is also VP of the
Southeastern Bluegrass Association’s Ellijay chapter and hosts of SEBA’
s monthly jams.
Dana Henderson (Bowed dulcimers, Lap dulcimer, vocals)
Dana's musical background started at an early age. "Being a preacher's
brat, I cut my teeth on the front pew, scripture and music". She started
singing with family at age 7.
First introduced to Bluegrass by her future husband, Al. Many years
later, after the nest had emptied, they moved to Cherry Log, Ga. Dana
first heard the sounds of an applachian lap dulcimer and years later she
is still in love with the instrument. She has been a member of the Blue
Ridge Dulcimer Player and North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Assoc. for
the past 10 years. She has taught beginner classes at the Cherry Log
Dana and hubby Al, started the Cherry Log Pickin' sessions almost 5
years ago. Today they still host the Thursday night pickin' with a name
change and new location. Ellijay Pickin' continues to carry on this weekly
tradition now located in the Gilmer County Senior Center, Ellijay, Ga.
Dana and Al are also the Ellijay SEBA (SouthEastern Bluegrass Assoc.)
VP's. Held every 2nd Thursday night.
Dirt Road Rascals
Bill Cochran (Mandolin, vocals)
Bill is a native of Fannin County, born and reared on Stanley Creek. He
loves most kinds of music especially, bluegrass, country and bluegrass
gospel. He has been playing mandolin for about 6 years but started
with guitar many years ago. Bill's professional career started with the
Wolf Creek Bluegrass Band and he is currently a member of The Dirt
Road Rascals, River Park Band, and Whistle Stop Band which heads
up and supplies the music for The Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad in Blue
Anne Martin (Guitar, lap dulcimer, autoharp, vocals)
Born in Atlanta, attended school in Atlanta and proud to be one of the
few native Atlantans still in the area. A graduate of Brenau University
with a BA degree in Social Work.
Music has been a major part of her life. She begain playing piano at
age 4 by ear. Took classical music in her early years learning Braille
music for two years. Age 12, she switched to folk music and got a
baritone ukulele. Age 13 she got her first guitar.
In 1980 after playing guitar and banjo for years she was introduced to
the Appalachian dulcimer and still continues today. 1998 she added the
autoharp to her repertoire. Anne is still playing all instruments and
singing in several Ellijay area groups, two of which are: Dirt Road Band
and Dirt Road Rascals.
Stan Hanlon (Resonate guitar, vocals)
Stan started playing for dances at age 14, moved to California and
played there for many years. He did a lot of moving around, living in
Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. In Nashville, Tennessee he met Merel
Travis. They became friends and played together for many years on
the Grand Ole Opry. Stan moved his family to Gilmer County GA which
they now call home.
Doyle Stanley (lead guitar and vocals)
Doyle has been in the musical world his entire life, beginning at home,
even today he can still hear the family harmony with the sweet voice of
his mom "Miz Martha" on some Thursday nights at the Gilmer County
Senior Center. This Stanley tradition has been passed down for many
generations and includes third cousin, legendary bluegrass performer
|L-R front Dana Henderson, Bowed dulcimer, lap dulcimer, vocal
Anne Martin, guitar, lap dulcimer, auto harp, vocals
back row Stan Hanlon, resonate guitar, vocals
Bill Cochran, mandolin, vocals
Doyle Stanley, lead guitar and vocals
Al Henderson, bass, vocals
For pricing and booking, call Al or Dana Henderson at (706) 635-3786 or
email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks and we look forward to hearing