Welcome to the music of Well Strung!!! We are a five piece bluegrass band out of the Western PA region and have been playing traditional and progressive bluegrass music since June of 2004. The members of this band come from diverse backgrounds which allows them to create and cover music from different genres-all in a bluegrass style. Check the CD Tab for recordings of our music! We enjoy playing to our audience and we never fail to get them involved in our shows-it is not unusual to see the floor bouncing with dancers!
Well Strung is:
Sam Stuckey (Guitar, Vocals, Mandolin, Harmonica, Songwriter)
Sam Stuckey grew up playing guitar at the age of 13. Since that time, his influences in guitar have ranged far and wide, from modern pop tunes to the classic rock vibes of Pink Floyd and Styx, to the blues drive of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton, to jazz, americana, folk, and finally-bluegrass.
During high school, Sam played out for a plethora of years-everywhere from school talent shows and parties, to local bars and venues in the Butler area where he grew up, and once on the Penn State main campus. He also found himself singing with the Butler choir, which helped him produce his singing ability.
Sam attended California University of Pennsylvania and graduated May 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Commercial Music Technology, combining the technical aspects of recording and live sound with music performance and basic business economics and practices. It was there he first embodied himself in the bluegrass genre, and began developing his fast, melodic, non-traditional sound. He also picked up mandolin during this time.
Currently, Sam is working on his songwriting style, which most closely relates to something between the classic country rhythm of Merle Haggard and Jerry Reed to the well carved sound of bands like Old Crow Medicine Show, Greensky Bluegrass, The Punch Brothers, and everywhere in between.
Stephanie Franzen (Violinist/Fiddler, Singer, Songwriter)
Stephanie has been performing on the violin for 23 years. She started out playing fiddle and bluegrass at 9 years old in Alberdeen, South Dakota. She achieved her Bachelors of Music at Slippery Rock University in 2012. She is a regular performer with the Blutler County Symphony Association since 2006. She is also a proud wife and mother of 3 youngsters. Stephanie joined Well Strung a few years ago and real enjoys the high energy and musicianship of all the members. "I feel like everyone's playing capabilities are enhancing mine to new levels, continuously."
Corey Wood (Mandolin, Vocals, Guitar, Banjo)
Corey Wood has been playing and listening to bluegrass since he was a very young child. He first started playing banjo, and as he grew older, he began picking up more and more instruments. He is one of the finest traditional bluegrass players of western PA.
Corey also plays in a small 3-piece traditional bluegrass group called Copper Watch and a 4-piece bluegrass group called Lonesome, Lost, and Foggy.
Jeff Scheller (Bass, Vocals, Singer/Songwriter, Emcee)
I just love to play. I’ve been playing electric bass in a popular country/rock band since 1986, and I play at jams any time I get a chance. The great Steve Earle helped bring me to a rootsy, mandolin driven sound. That led me to the New Grass Revival, and now to my love of traditional bluegrass music. Well Strung has prove to be the perfect outlet for my acoustic needs. I attempt to play all the “stringy things,” but the upright bass is my love. She’s tall, curvy, long necked, has a sweet tail, and has a husky low voice that turns me on. My girl is a carved hybrid, German, Roth bass. Much to the dismay of the civilized world, I view the bass as a rhythm and lead instrument. I’m downright “slaphappy” over slap style bass. I’ll do my best to keep your head bobbin’ and your butt shakin’ with the bluegrass driving rhythm.
Tom St. John (Banjo, Vocals, Jaw Harp, Auxiliary Noise-Makers, Singer/Songwriter)
During Tom’s early years he had an obsessive-compulsivepassion for skateboarding. After High School, Tom moved to Ocean City, MD wherehe easily landed a spot on a local skateboard team riding freestyle andstreetstyle. After 4 years of competing, performing demos, and judgingcontests, Tom decided to return to Western Pennsylvania and pursue a highereducation. During this chapter in hislife he had the chance to see countless concerts, and it wasn’t until many a LeftoverSalmon shows that Tom was taken in by bluegrass-like music…so he bought himselfa banjo. Tom purchased his first banjo in2001 and his obsession quickly turned to music. When the time approached to upgrade hisinstrument, he bought the parts, tools, more parts, more tools, learning materials,and built his own 5-string flathead. Tom’s banjo influences are too widespreadto list, but his musical influences are generally derived from classic rock andjam bands. Tom loves playing banjo and hopes his playing will inspire 1) peaceon Earth, 2) global communion, and 3) free beer for the band.