Chris Bollman

ChrisSinger Chris Bollman was born with a voice that has captured the attention of audiences since her first time singing in church as a child. With many years of stage experience, Chris has developed a uniquely beautiful vocal style and tone that transcends labels and genres, yet seems ideally suited for bluegrass. A prolific songwriter, Chris and her mother co-wrote the ode to redemption “Troubled Angel”, and the song has become a favorite of Hickory Bottom Band fans. Chris is a gifted harmony singer in her own right, and contributes rhythm guitar to HBB’s live performances as well.
Chris finds joy in creating music and the camaraderie of the Hickory Bottom Band and it shines
through in the synergistic HBB sound. Chris and Mark live in the Dutch Corner area of Bedford county.

Mark Bollman

MarkMark Bollman is the mandolinist for Hickory Bottom Band and contributes guitar and vocals to many HBB songs as well. A relative newcomer to bluegrass, he grew up in a musical household influenced by everything from Big Band to rockabilly to jazz. Mark spent years playing and singing in rock and folk cover bands and this experience has been distilled into a unique melodic perspective. He brings a passionate and animated style to the mandolin that is grounded in reverence for bluegrass tradition but eclectically influenced by everyone from Monroe to Clapton. Mark has extensive experience in sound reinforcement and enjoys producing Hickory Bottom Band’s live sound and working with festival promoters and sound crews.

Roger Grimm

RogerGuitarist and singer Roger Grimm possesses a musical resume spanning five decades. Roger learned to play guitar as a lad sitting on his father’s knee, and he still plays the careworn Martin D-35 passed down to him from his dad. As a veteran of several regionally successful country and bluegrass bands, he has been the opener for The Kendalls, Helen Cornelius, Jack Green, The Whites, Moe Bandy, Stonewall Jackson & Connie Smith. Roger’s smooth and instantly recognizable baritone vocals share the spotlight in Hickory Bottom Band. Roger is blessed with an incredible ear for harmony and he is the architect of the band’s signature vocal harmony sound. Roger and his family live near Bedford, Pennsylvania.

Dan Smith

DanBassist Dan Smith has taken a diverse musical path to become the foundation of the Hickory Bottom Band sound. Beginning with piano lessons at age 6, he progressed to playing organ, and has played trumpet, flute, guitar, harmonica and banjo. Dan plays organ at his church and as the only Hickory Bottom Band member that is classically trained, Dan is the "go-to guy" when questions arise regarding music theory! His musical background translates into a distinctive bass style that defines and anchors the HBB sound. Dan is exceptionally busy with family and career obligations, and credits the support of his wife Joyce for his many musical accomplishments. Dan and his family make their home near Schellsburg, Pennsylvania. 

Nelson Clark

NelsonDobroist Nelson Clark began at the age of 16  playing high school, college, and military music groups from proms to juke joints, concert halls to a Navy ship and even Folsom Prison. Nelson’s accolades as a musician includes a “Tops In Blue” worldwide Air Force talent winner, and most recently the 2016 Pennsylvania Heritage Songwriters contest.  Nelson has written, recorded and performed with several bands ranging from soul, rock, country and bluegrass.  As an Occupational Therapist commissioned into the Navy, Nelson was fortunate to have worked in groups like Kinfolk (Washington DC)  Arrabon with Jay Hoppus (San Francisco), and High and Tight (Okinawa).  In addition to performing with Hickory Bottom Band, Nelson snowbirds in Key West with his wife Kim where he teaches guitar and banjo and plays a variety of music with local musicians.

Jeff Bell

JeffAs a veteran of western Pennsylvania's bluegrass music scene and 14-year emcee and performer at the Mill Creek VYN Coffeehouse concerts in Ligonier, newest band member Jeff Bell has logged his share of stage time. While known primarily as a banjo player, he also takes a spin on the guitar, mandolin, ukulele and upright bass every now and then. Add in a healthy dose of humorous songs and all but the crankiest of listeners are sure to smile. Jeff also helps organize and emcee the long-running Laurel Highlands Bluegrass Festival, has completed a 10-year stint with the popular bluegrass band Cabin Fever, been half of the acoustic duo Stringtyme, and has performed on the stage of the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree.