Brian Vollmer follows the muse.

Brian's mom and dad loved following Bluegrass music, and they both played guitar and sang. Brian had his first professional jobs starting at age six, first as a member of the Grammy award-winning Maryland Boy Choir, then as a member of the famed Peabody Institute's Chamber Choir. It was during this time his parents gave him his first guitar lessons. But it was only after he discovered the banjo as a teenager, he'd found his real passion. In 1996, he began to study with Mike MunfordBill Keith, and Reed Martin at the age of 14 and soon he was proficient enough on the banjo and guitar to play in bands and begin teaching others.

Brian was enrolled in a Technology Magnet Program in High School, where he spent half his time on regular curriculum and the other half learning audio recording techniques and record label operations under the mentorship of Tom Mindte at Patuxent Music, a Washington D.C. based American roots music company. He continued to perform, playing in his father's band and also with the High School's official Bluegrass band, while teaching banjo at Appalachian Bluegrass Shoppe in Catonsville, MD. After graduating, Patuxent offered him his first full-time job as an executive at the label, and engineer for the recording company. After two years of service with them, Brian decided to pursue a college degree in the music business and he received a scholarship from Tom for continuing on with his musical path.

At Middle Tennessee State University, A Billboard Magazine Top Business School, where Brian attained candidacy and graduated from their acclaimed Recording Industry program, he first started fiddling under the encouragement of Paul F. Wells of the illustrious Center for Popular Music. Studying and practicing for hours a day, on the side of completing coursework for his degree, he eventually led the department's official band on the fiddle. Around this time, he began work as a Folklorist and Archivist under the leadership of Bobby Fulcher for the State of Tennessee's Folklife Project, digitizing, field recording and collecting rare rural music from musicians of the state. With this job, he met and was taken in as a family member by the legendary banjo and fiddle player Clyde Davenport, whom Brian dearly attributes his fiddling style and techniques to. Upon finishing his degree, he rambled and lived around the traditional Appalachian musical hotbeds of Nashville, Knoxville, Boone and Asheville and their surronding towns, villages, hills, and hollers. At each stop he joined highly regarded string bands, collected music, practiced, and played concerts, festivals and dances throughout the Southeast. He has also been on numerous trips as an American banjo and fiddle ambassador to the countries of China, India, United Kingdom, Ireland, Bulgaria, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Holland and most recently to his ancestral homeland of Latvia for their 100th-year celebration.

His debut album, Old Time Music Party, was released in 2013 by Patuxent. Accompanied by a group of stellar musicians (Rosie Newton, Nate Leath, Ben Townsend Joe Bass), the CD quickly received widespread national and international radio airplay—and raves from journalists and some of the finest Old Time musicians playing today. No Depression said, “Young East Coast fiddler/banjo player Brian Vollmer just picks the hell out of a bunch of great Southern old-time tunes.” Banjo Newsletter added, “a great old-time recording that honors the past while staying up to date with younger musicians who will carry on the tradition; in good hands for years to come.” Old Time Herald affirms, "Recommended." The album has had such an impact on the Old Time music community that one can always hear some of the more unusual and archaic tunes that Brian composed for the album are played at jam sessions at prestigious fiddler conventions all over the world.

It has been more than 10 years since Brian moved away from the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina to Upstate New York where he met and married his life partner, Claire Byrne local legends Driftwood. They two have been perfoming together as The Vollmers, and more recently they have started a Country & Western band called The Silver Wings. Brian leads a pub corner and dance band called The River City Rippers, and is currently involved in several other musical projects in the Central New York region as well, including performing part-time with The Barnyard Saints, and Nate "The Great" Marshall. He hosts and leads a public acoustic jam, and alos teaches private lessons and workshops, including the Hands-On American Folk Music & Instrument Program.

The muse is still working magic. In addition to playing and teaching, he works on instruments in his home violin and banjo shop.

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