Wimberley Bluegrass Band
Wimberley Bluegrass Band is comprised entirely of four siblings based in Southern California! They provide fun and wholesome musical entertainment, and strive to keep the traditional sounds of bluegrass music alive and well by taking it to new audiences.
Danielle Wimberley plays the mandolin, James Wimberley plays banjo, Mark Wimberley, his twin, plays guitar, and Michael Wimberley plays the fiddle. They all sing, with Michael usually taking the lead and the others singing that tight harmony unique to family groups. They are honored to be endorsing artists with some great companies: Weber Mandolin Company, Deering Banjo Company, Black Diamond Strings, and L.R. Baggs acoustic pickups.
The band has performed at many Bluegrass festivals in Southern California, such as the Huck Finn Jubilee, were the headlining band twice at the Big Bear Bluegrass Festival, and have toured through Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Nashville, Tennessee in the last several summers. They have also performed at various places in Northern and Southern California with award winning guitarist Dennis Agajanian. February 2015, their song “Hard Working Man” was featured in an episode of ABC’s nationally broadcasted sitcom “The Middle”, and the same year, Danielle and James were featured playing mandolins in a KFC commercial. The siblings have been very involved at Chapman University, where they all attended with varying business majors; they performed in the nationally televised Christmas program, performed Carol Barnett’s The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Masswith the university choir, and shared the story of bluegrass music at TEDxChapmanU. In May, the siblings gained regional attention as all four of them graduated from Chapman University with bachelor’s degrees at the same time!
The Wimberley siblings got started in music by listening to Vintage Country and Bluegrass and then soon developed a love for the music. They asked their parents for instruments for Christmas 2006, and taught themselves to play them. They learned many songs by going to jams and by listening to their favorite Bluegrass artists, such as Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Doyle Lawson, and Ricky Skaggs. The Wimberleys’ first performance was in January of 2008.
The Wimberley siblings did not initially plan to be a professional band, but after receiving much encouragement through many repeated requests to perform, they realized that there was a great demand for a young sibling band that played such a delightful genre of music as bluegrass. Then the siblings, with one mind, wholeheartedly agreed to pursue this as an ongoing business.
They continue to delight audiences in and around Southern California on a regular basis, and just released a brand new album, “Traveling”, in August 2016. It features six original songs written by the band members as well as some more familiar and classic songs.