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. 


Tim Custer

TimAs the newest member of Hickory Bottom Band, Tim Custer brings a distinctive banjo style along with lead and harmony vocals and guitar. A multi-time championship winning banjo picker, Tim adds his persistently tasteful, yet hard-driving, banjo playing to the group's overall sound. Tim is an icon on the regional bluegrass scene and has played in several bands including The Sons of Bluegrass, The South Ocean String Band, Mac Martin & The Dixie Travelers, Mountain Therapy and Brush Creek, all of which provided the opportunity to tour most of the eastern US playing festivals, fairs and concerts.Tim has also written and recorded several highly acclaimed banjo tunes. Along with his wife Brenda and his family, Tim also promotes the Coleman Station Bluegrass Festival in Friedens, PA each July.