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Chris Talley has been picking the banjo since she was 13 years old. She started on the harmonica when she was only 5 years old, and currently plays over 25 instruments. She is well-known locally for her teaching, and nationally for her workshops and performances with The Chris Talley Trio. She sings lead, tenor and baritone.

Chris has won numerous banjo and fiddle contests, including the Illinois State Old Time Fiddle Championship, and the Illinois State Fair and ITCMA Illinois State Championships on both Banjo and Fiddle. She won her first ITCMA Illinois State Banjo Championship when she was just 14 years old. She also won SPGMA's Most Promising Banjo Player 16 and Under.

Chris has taught and co-taught fiddle, guitar, and banjo workshops in the US and Canada, including a Band Camp in Springfield, IL with Pete Wernick. Some of her performances include a banjo duet with Alan Munde and Joe Carr at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas; the Sheldon Theatre in St. Louis; playing with Charlie Louvin at the Louvin Brothers Museum in Nashville; and playing back stage at the Grand Ol' Opry.

The Chris Talley Trio has produced six CDs since its inception in 2000, and Chris has produced several of her own instructional CDs and DVDs for banjo and fiddle, which can be found at www.LearnBluegrass.com. She owns a music store called The Bluegrass Shack in New Athens, IL, where she teaches private and group lessons. In addition to playing with the Trio, she also plays with the group Raborn & Talley.

Zane Prosser grew up playing country music. His father, Vernon, was a fiddle and guitar player and singer. His mother, Ida, taught Zane many of the melodies to old songs. Zane starting playing bluegrass music in the 1970's. He is well-known for his Hank Williams' songs, his superb yodelling, and his fine rhythm guitar playing. In addition to the guitar, Zane also plays the mandolin, fiddle, upright bass and harmonica. He has played with many fine bands over the years, including 17 years as the lead vocalist and guitar player for the "Over the Hill Gang." He is a fine singer and song writer.

Zane is also a fantastic wood carver. He made his own mandolin and also has carved several very fine Native American Indian head scrolls for fiddles. You can view one by clicking here.

Carla Dibbert is the solid beat behind The Chris Talley Trio. She brings with her more than 30 years of expertise, having played upright bass with several different bands throughout the years. She has also backed many fiddle and banjo contestants, including Allison Krauss. In addition to playing the bass, she is also currently learning how to play the fiddle! Carla has a lovely voice, and sings lead vocals with the band.

In addition to playing with the band, some of Carla's hobbies include baking, geology and fossils, and antique glassware.

Denise Voegele is the newest member of The Chris Talley Trio. Denise mainly plays mandolin with the trio. She has a fantastic voice, and sings lead and harmony vocals with the band. In addition to the playing the mandolin, Denise also plays guitar, upright bass and fiddle. She has played with and filled in for a number of local bands, and she was raised in a musical household where she shared her talent and love for music with her sisters. Denise has a special love for old time country music.

Denise teaches at The Bluegrass Shack in New Athens, IL.


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