Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband is comprised of the following musicians and instrumentation along with a rotating cast of horn players we work with. Each show we have anywhere from one to three horn players joining us.
Tray Dahl - Tenor Banjo, Lead Vocals
Tray has a long relationship with dixieland, swing, and big band music through the influence of her grandfather John Joseph Durante (Pop). As a drummer and rhythm guitar player, in the fall of 2011 she began seeking out a tenor banjo to start learning some of the old tunes after her latest months long bout of solely listening to the dixieland cassette tapes made for her by Pop in the 1990's. Around this time, when a guy who desperately wanted a 5-string banjo was gifted a tenor banjo (by a family member who didn't know there was a difference) gave that tenor to Tray in February of 2012, she never looked back. She started learning her favorite songs while trying to find guys to play them with her. One of her best friends and an overall stand up fella, TJ Shirley (The Jugtime Ragband original trumpet player), who also really connected with the same style of music, was immediately on the train. Many open mics and IPA's later, The Jugtime Ragband finally came together in December 2013.
Patrick Stacey - Drums, Backup Vocals
Originally from North Carolina, Patrick Stacey taught himself to play the drums in the late 1980's by listening to his uncles' classic rock records. He went on to play, co-write and perform throughout the 90's in a number of bands - mostly straight up hard rock, psychedelic rock, & later mixing it up with a bit of punk & funk. After a 13 year hiatus, Patrick found himself dusting off the skins to join Asheville's Whiskey Grins in a hillbilly Americana fusion. In 2012 he moved his family to Atlanta in pursuit of a sustainable lifestyle. In the Fall of 2013, he connected with The Jugtime Ragband and has been drunk ever since.
Scott McIntyre - Upright Bass
Early in his life, Scott McIntyre was inspired to learn bass by his neighbor Trigger Alpert who was the bassist for the original Glen Miller Band in the early 1940's. In 1984 Scott began playing with his fellow art college mates in a successful frat rock cover band called The Exam. In 2003, Scott joined the Kipleyjazz Trio and began playing upright bass full-time. Scott enthusiastically joined The Jugtime Ragband because he loves playing a mix of the very best styles of music.
Stephanie Hooks - Backup Vocals
According to her mother, Stephanie started singing not long after she learned how to talk. Raised in Kentucky, she grew up singing traditional church hymns and often performed solos in church productions. After moving to Georgia, her high school chorus teacher, Janice Folsom, assigned her to the alto part and she has been in love with vocal harmony ever since. Encouraged by her teacher to audition for high school musical productions, she was rather disappointed whenever cast in folk and country roles vs. singing the pop tunes she loved. In the 90's, she continued to follow the musical trends of the day by singing lead vocals in an alternative rock band. In the new millennium she went back to her roots, singing hymns at her church for many years. She also came to finally appreciate the genres Miss Folsom introduced her to - folk, bluegrass, jazz, and the old standards. Tray asked her to sing with The Jugtime Ragband in the summer of 2015 and she has been enjoying adding an extra layer of beautiful old-time harmonies.