James M. Biehn got his first taste of music when he began playing the trumpet at the age of 10 and soon after picked up a guitar. Continuing his musical studies in school, James became proficient in music theory, jazz keyboard, and big band/vocal arranging.
James has continued to play live as a solo performer as well as with bands. He has opened for countless national touring bands such as Blues Traveler, Sonny Landreth, Gov’t Mule, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, King’s X, and many more.
For two years running he was the regional winner in Guitar Center’s King of the Blues guitar competition. James owns and operates Central Iowa Music Lab, a music lesson studio in Des Moines, Iowa. He currently oversees 9 other instructors as well as almost 200 students. CIML teaches private lessons as well as Rock Band classes, getting students to work together as a team and learn the importance of making the whole thing sound good, not just individuals.
Besides his dedication to music and his many students, James is a devoted husband and father of three boys.
Craig Keil was nine years old when he first began accordion lessons. Unfortunately the accordion teacher hit his fingers when he played the wrong notes, which was quite often. Craig endured six years of lessons until he was fifteen, when he was introduced to 60's and 70's soul music. He then began playing the Hammond B-3 organ and singing lead vocals in local bands.
In addition to The Allman Brothers Band; Tower of Power, Santana, James Brown, King Curtis and Miles Davis were all major influences on Craig's playing style. Craig has toured with blues legend Rory Block and recorded with a host of major artists in the Hudson Valley area of New York. He has also worked as a studio musician for Fania and Move 'N Groove Records. Last year Craig joined the RRR roster and offered additional support as “Jam Band Counselor”. Craig and his wife Kim live near Chatham, New York with their son Miles “Stinky” and two dogs.
Mike started taking drum lessons while attending Hudson Junior High School and was chosen to play the cymbals, woodblock and triangle in the All-County Band in 1969. He was first introduced to the Allman Brothers Band in 1971 with the “Live At The Fillmore” album and subsequently “Eat A Peach,” which were both staples in Mike's herbal cleaning accessories. Ironically, Mike met Butch and his wife Melinda 27 years later in Palm Beach, Florida and became instant friends. Butch has been quoted as saying, “Mike is on my list of the witty, crazy people I've known.”
Today Mike serves as director of “The Butch Trucks Drum Workshops” and is considered to be Butch's “left-hand man.” Mike's role at Roots Rock Revival is as a special liaison between campers and the Roots Rock Revival Band members. He is determined to ensure that all campers will have their expectations exceeded and to keep Butch from talking about politics, religion and the World of Warcraft.