Beansprout Artists



Kevin Carroll

Kevin is a fine musician and educator from Austin, TX. The first time we worked with him, we knew he was on the “home team.” He asked for a banjo uke appropriate for playing Celtic fiddle tunes and convinced Nicole to hand paint his family’s crest on the banjo head! He also has a fine book of fiddle tunes arranged for the uke, grab it here.

Steve Varney

I first met Steve when I still lived in Colorado and he bought a very early instrument from me. He used it in his band Glowing House and then as sideman for Gregory Alan Isakov. He recently commissioned a second banjo, and #340 was born. It took me a couple of tries to get it tweaked to fit his needs, but I am always happy to get input from a touring pro. His musical life and personal livelihood are at stake, so let’s get it right. He is a sensitive artist and a strong father and man, I am honored to join him on stage every night in a small way. By the way, his solo project Kid Reverie made a new record this year, buy it here.

Ryan Kolberg

I met Ryan even before I moved to Oregon as he played music with Char from Mya-Moe and other folks I knew. Our collaboration grew when he joined The Junebug Boys as bass player. He also is a talented recording engineer, recently making records for Matt Mesa and The Junebug Boys. He is well known as the bass player for The Greenneck Daredevils and for running wedding music and special events in the Gorge. I’m looking forward to seeing what Ryan comes up with on his Beansprout!