Meet the Band
  Ben Stokes  

Ben was 15 years old  when he got his first Martin guitar.   In high school, he and a friend won the Indiana State FFA talent contest performing as a country duo.  The guys played and sang country music in north western Illinois, Iowa and Indiana while they were in college.   He has also performed with the "Hoosier Hillbillies", played electric guitar for several rock bands and his church music group.  Ben joined the "Hickory Hollow" band a few years ago and is now the lead singer, guitar and mandolin player.  He is the son of Mike and Sandy.

 
     
  Mike Stokes  
 

Mike began performing at the age of 12 as a drummer. He played drums with a local band while in high school and later on in a gospel band.  About 25 years ago Sandy saw a banjo in a music store and thought it resembled a drum head??  She called Mike up and asked if he would mind if she bought it for him.  At that time Mike was learning to play the mandolin and playing in a local bluegrass band.   Of course he fell in love with the instrument and after many years of playing he has developed his own style of picking.  When asked about who inspired him,  Mike said it was Don Parmley of the Bluegrass Cardinals.  Mike is not only a fine banjo player he also sings lead and baritone in the band.  He has helped "Hickory Hollow" win several band contests and has even been a Indiana State men's clogging champion.

     
  Sandy Stokes  

Playing the bass fiddle, singing harmony and a little bit of clogging are some of Sandy's favorite things to do.  As a child she loved to sing in the church choir and play the piano.  She began playing the bass fiddle in the late 80's and has affectionately named her old bass "Roslyn".  Sandy has played the bass in several bluegrass bands and a gospel group.  "Maggie" is the nickname given to her by a dear friend that loves bluegrass music as much as Sandy does.

 
     
  Michael Lindeau  
  Michael Lindeau (aka AlaskaMike) has been firing up audiences with his unique brand of "FiddleFaddle" for over 30 years.  He's traveled and performed extensively throughout North America and Europe; both in group settings as well as solo.  He's well versed in a broad range of musical genres, but his roots, heart and soul are distinctly Bluegrass.  He's a Charter Member of the IBMA and the Alaska Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association (ABOTMA), and a two-time winner of the Alaska State Fiddle Championship.
     
     
Meet the Photographer
  Steve Jones  
 

We would like to acknowledge Steve Jones for the great pictures he has taken for the Hickory Hollow band.  He and his wife Peggy live in Indianpolis.  They are both great fans of bluegrass music.  Steve picks the banjo and Peggy plays bass.

     
     
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