Band Profile

The Oak Tree Boys

(L-R) Dean Maines, Mike Plummer, Tim Maines, Matthew Nance, and Scott Arnold

For the past 16 years, The Oak Tree Boys have been providing their style of Bluegrass music to the people around the Davidson County area of North Carolina. Noted for their timing and hard driving sound, The Oak Tree Boys have provided music for homecomings, family gatherings, socials, and dances. They have been the house band for the Old Time Square Dance since the beginning and for the former Farmer Dance that was held at the old Farmer Grange Hall in Farmer, NC, during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

The band features the Fiddling of Dean Maines. Dean has been playing the Fiddle for nearly 60 years and learned to play the Fiddle as a young teenager in Alleghany County, N.C. He played for Saturday night square dances in the school gym in Sparta before moving to the piedmont of N.C. in the 1950’s.

Playing Bass for the band is Mike Plummer. Mike has been a part of the group since its beginnings in 1985. A very talented individual, Mike not only is a good musician, but also does wood sculptures and paintings.

Oak Tree Boys with Special Guest Fiddler Max Lanning

(L-R) Max Lanning, Tim Maines, Scott Arnold, Mike Plummer, and Matthew Nance

Scott Arnold provides mandolin playing for the band. Scott is another very talented individual. He has made several instruments, including the Mandolin he plays in the band, and is an accomplished musician.

The youngest member of the band is Matthew Nance. Matthew is from Farmer, N.C. and has been playing the Banjo for the band the past year. He has a wonderful Bluegrass style and has the ability to switch to the old time claw hammer Banjo style when the situation calls for it.

Finishing out the band is Guitarist Tim Maines and Sound Man Johnny Arnold.

To hear the band, just click on the sound file below.

Black Mountain Rag by The Oak Tree Boys