Band Information & Biographies

Ryan Frankhouser (Band Leader)


2016, 2017, 2018 SPBGMA Promoter of the Year Nominee!!

Ryan Frankhouser is the leader of the band. He started the band at the age of 18 in his hometown of McClure, Pennsylvania. Ryan has a passion for bluegrass music and devotes so much time of his life to the band and the music. Ryan has written a lot of the original songs that the band has recorded over the years including 'Grandpa was my guide', 'You'll miss me "One more day" The Bible Grandma gave me" and many more. Ryan also started the Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival at the young age of 22. The festival is on it's 12th year and has turned intone of the biggest bluegrass Thanks festival's in the Northeast. Ryan gives all his credit to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for all he has done for him in his life   contact Ryan

Billy Lee Cox (Banjo)

2018 SPBGMA Banjo Player of the Year Nominee!!
 
Billy Lee started playing the banjo at age 11. He would go with his family to country dances that his Uncle "Sock" would play the banjo for. He was hooked on the banjo. When Uncle "Sock" gave Billy his old banjo and said: "if you learn how to play this I'll give it to you". That was all it took. At age 13 Billy played his first show with Calvin Crane who invited him to be his Special guest. The banjo Billy plays is the one Calvin gave to Billy a few years ago. Billy considers his Uncle, Calvin, Eddy Hoover and his cousin Doc as major influences in his musical endeavors. Growing up listening to Flatt and Scruggs Billy learned as fast as possible. Then one day at Uncle "Socks" he heard Don Reno on record. He was hooked and started learning the Reno style. After entering the Air Force in 1969 Billy was stationed in Newport News, Va. He started playing with George Harris and the Shade Tree Boys. George and the group backed Billy up in 1973 when he won the National Banjo Championship in Warrenton, Va. Billy went on to play for Chief Powhatan in Richmond, VA. Then went on to play with Charlie Moore and the Dixie Partners off and on for a little over a year. Then Billy filled in for the Country Gentleman where he was offered the job as a Country Gentleman. Due to just having his first child Billy had to turn them down. Mr. Bill Yates, who was the bass player for the Country Gentleman, and Billy have remained friends and picking buddies since that time and still do a few shows together during the year. In 1976 Billy started the Mason Dixon Grass and fronted that band for over 25 years with Francis Elliott. One of the players from the MDG is the "Champ" Randie Rineer who is the fiddler for Sunnyside.  Billy has had the priviledge of playing in 4 different countries and many of the Eastern states of the USA. Refered to as "one of the stylist for Bluegrass Music in the North Eastern part of the US" by Carl Goldstein, Bluegrass radio host and long time Bluegrass promoter in the Northeast. Billy has recorded for many people

Ron Truman (Bass)

Born July 5 1972 in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.  Raised in Clay, WV. Started playing music at an early age of 5. Started playing bluegrass at age 10 and has been hooked since.  Had the pleasure of sharing the stage with greats like Raymond Fairchild,  and also the late James King. My bass idol would be Jason Moore, so I try and play that style when possible. Ron now makes his home in Charleston, WV. I would like to give thanks  first and foremost to our lord and savior Jesus Christ for giving me the gift of music, my mom Carol, and my nephew Jamie, and my aunt Myrtle for always supporting me. And want to thank Nessie & Ronnie Hunt, Josh Brown, Matt Hiser for their great friendship, and good music for the last few years, ya'll help me understand music in a whole different way.
 

Stanley Efaw (Mandolin)

Stanley has been playing bluegrass Music for many years and is truly one of the premier musicians in all of bluegrass today. He has played with many bands but has been touring with Larry Efaw & The Bluegrass Mountaineers for the last several years. We are pleased to have Stanley apart of Remington Ryde on Mandolin and doing all the tenor singing in the band! Exciting times ahead!