Bio

Ronnie Randy Grace Lester Jim

The Grass Stings began its journey in Albemarle, NC in 1976. From its conception the Strings have remained a regional touring band. Jim Burris hails from Kannapolis, NC and is the only original member remaining, he plays mandolin and sings every vocal harmony part as well as lead.  Randy Mauldin, lives in Midland, NC and has been with the band a total of 21 years, sings harmony, lead vocals while playing banjo for the group. Lester Deaton, makes his home in Landis N.C. Les, a great asset for The Grass Strings, plays guitar and sings most of the lead vocals and adds harmony from time to time. Also from Kannapolis, NC, Mr. Ronnie Elwood, Ronnie keeps the tempo from jumping track with some great bass work and mighty fine vocals. Grace Bemus, makes her home in Charlotte, NC. She adds a touch of class and beauty to the group and really knows how to pull the bow on fiddle! We invite you to come check us out soon. We look forward to seeing you!

Jimmy Burris is the only remaining founding member of this 46-year-old band. His vocals, mandolin work, humor and leadership have remained the personality of the Strings for nearly half a decade. He makes his home in Kannapolis, NC with his wife Debbie.

Randy Mauldin plays banjo and contributes Baritone and lead vocals and serving as administrator of the group. Randy has been a member of the group for over 20 years collectively. Randy and wife Irina reside in Midland, NC.

Ronnie Elwood sings some of the best tenor vocal in Bluegrass and has the task of keeping this train on its tracks. One of the best players in the business! The Strings are blessed to have him. He’s quick with a joke as well as calling you out for not following his nearly perfect timing. Ronnie also lives in Kannapolis, NC.

Lester Deaton is one fine man as well as a great musician and singer. He has played alongside many Bluegrass legends as The Bluegrass Cardinals, and the “king of Bluegrass” Jimmy Martin and many more. He brings a wealth of wisdom about the business into our band and a solid foundation and rhythm. We are so pleased to have Lester as part of the band.

The newest member of The Grass Strings is Miss Grace Bemus. She brings new life and excitement to the band with her fiddle playing and fearless personality. She is a treasured member of the band and guarded as the future of this group. Gracie lives in Charlotte, NC with her mom Amy, dad Ronnie and brother Gabe.