Landon founded the band in 2019 after recently discovering his love for bluegrass/string music from a local festival. With no former musical experience, he was inspired to pick up the mandolin so he could jam with the community. This led to the creation of the band and in 2020, he and Quinton moved into the Steven House in Louisville, Kentucky. The location was ran as a venue by the former owner and Landon decided to continue this and host shows and music there. This is where the band settled into its members and connected to the music and community of the surrounding area. Steven House hosted dozens of shows while they lived there which included everything from local smaller acts to bigger touring acts. Nectar Valley released their debut album during this time as well. While they moved out of Steven House in 2022, Landon still resides in Louisville, Kentucky and his passion for the local musical community has never been stronger. Now, Landon helps manage Nectar Valley's very own music festival called WillyStock. He looks forward to the 1st one coming up in 2024. His inspirations are Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band, Restless Leg String Band, and Billy Strings.
Tristan has been around music his whole life. While he is primarily a blues musician, he’s also a multi-instrumentalist who loves to play the guitar, bass, dobro, and pedal steel. You can still catch him playing pedal steel today around his hometown, Owensboro, Kentucky with his other band Yellow Banks. Tristan and Landon originally met each other in high school. Years later, he joined the group not long after Nectar Valley was founded on the upright bass. While the band was still in its early days, he moved around from bass to dobro, and eventually found his home in the band with the guitar. Tristan’s inspirations include RL Burnside, Son house, Doc Watson, Johnny Winter, Tony Rice, and Derek Trucks.
Quinton met Landon at a local music festival in the early days of Nectar Valley. He started playing banjo with the band during their first year when they would play weekly at a local bar in Owensboro, Kentucky. This is where Nectar Valley grew their initial fan base as well and would often have the bar packed every Wednesday night with friends and the local community. While he had just recently picked up the banjo a month before, Quinton is a multi-instrumentalist who plays drums, keys, bass, and has been playing the guitar for as long as he can remember. Before getting into string music, he played in a few local bands in his hometown of Paducah, Kentucky. He quickly connected with the rest of the band and worked his way into a permanent spot in 2019. You can also catch him playing acoustic guitar when the band performs as the Nectar Trio. His biggest inspirations are Jerry Garcia, The Beatles, and Earl Scruggs.
Ever since he could remember, Ronnie has always had a huge inspiration for 80’s rock. It wasn’t until later down the road when Ronnie got into the local bluegrass community and ended up meeting Landon at a festival. They started to jam and soon after he found himself joining Nectar Valley as their upright bassist. He is also a skilled drummer and ukulele player which he learned in his hometown of Cynthiana, Kentucky. On top of Nectar Valley, Ronnie played in the Bluegrass band formerly known as Lonesome Holler.
Stetson is Nectar Valley's sound, PA, and tech man. He's been friends with Landon and around since the start of the band. He helps out where he can and also lived in, and helped run Steven House while they were there. You can also catch him helping out with sound at the next WillyStock music festival.