Among our collaborators and mentors is the wonderful banjo-player, vocalist, song-writer and world traveler, Julie Elkins. She was born and raised in Montana and continues to be inspired by the beauty and wide-open spaces of the Big Sky Country. A close listen to her soulful voice belies the traditional music of the Bluegrass State of Kentucky, the roots of her family. She counts among her cousins Loretta Lynn and Patty Loveless. Julie has taken this sound overseas, touring and teaching in Europe. She has recorded and performed with Wheel Hoss, New Vintage, Kanes River and Elkins and Thompson.