JEFF WESTERINEN (fiddle and vocals) has played Bluegrass and Old Time music professionally for over 40 years. A native Marylander with an itinerant history, Jeff has played fiddle, mandolin and bass in regional bands from New York, Florida, South Carolina and Washington State before moving back to Maryland in September of 2014. He is a veteran of the five-time New York State champion Yankee Rebels and the year 2000 International Bluegrass Music (Pizza Hut) Champion Ohop Valley Boys. A true multi-instrumentalist, Jeff is also known to play a fiddle tune on a mandolin, flatpick a guitar or pick up a banjo to play a breakdown or two.
ANDREA WESTERINEN (bass and vocals) cites the bassist Roy Husky Jr. as one of her early influences. She has played bass in regional bands in Florida, South Carolina, Washington State and Maryland for over 25 years. In the Seattle area, she has performed with the award-winning Ohop Valley Boys and the Stray Dogs at bluegrass festivals and state fairs. Andrea contributes heartfelt vocals and impeccable timing on the bass, providing a solid foundation for Blue Octane. Andrea and her husband Jeff currently make their home in North East, MD with Carter and Ralph, their two boisterous labradoodle dogs.
DAVID ROBERTSON(mandolin and vocals) has played music nearly all his life starting at a young age singing in church and playing mandolin with his father. David was born in Arizona and raised in southern West Virginia. He has traveled many a highway and back road entertaining and making music with multiple bands. David is well-known for his unmistakable tenor voice and can jump in on any song from the Osborne Brothers to New Grass Revival. He has never met a stranger and leaves his audience feeling like they have a made a new friend. David currently lives on the Mason Dixon Line surrounded by an awesome community of bluegrass pickers he calls his friends.
JOHN BROWN (guitar and vocals) grew up around Bluegrass. His father, John Brown, Sr. was a well-known guitar player and singer. At age 8, John got his first guitar and by age 10 he started playing bass with his fathers band, The One Way Express Bluegrass Gospel Band (which he still fills in with occasionally). Throughout the years, John has performed in several New Jersey based bands, including the Home Cooking Band and his own band, the Bel-Aire Boys. In addition, John was a member of Ivan Sexton and the Delaware Valley Boys and has performed several times at the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival.
John's biggest musical influences include the Stanley Brothers, Flatt and Scruggs and the Osborne Brothers. His guitar style is influenced by the Stanley Sound and he enjoys cross picking leads. John makes his home in Millville, NJ with his wife Michele and a Chihuahua named Bella.
TIM KRUZIK (banjo and vocals) has played banjo over for over 40 years and played on the Patuxent Banjo Project, a two CD release featuring banjo players from Washington DC, Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Southern Pennsylvania. Tim is most well known as the banjo player for Blue Daze from 1990-2010 and with Shiloh Ridge (from York, PA) from 2011-2013. He plays the banjo primarily in the Scruggs style, but mixes in influences from all the great banjo players he has studied. Tim also provides baritone and tenor vocals for Blue Octane. A long time resident of Maryland, Tim currently lives in the town of Columbia.