The Misty Mountain Boys are a young and energetic bluegrass band based in southeastern Minnesota. The group had its beginnings in 2007, and has since played for parties, local events, nursing homes, barn dances, bluegrass festivals, and The Country Music Jubilee TV show. They enjoy playing traditional bluegrass, drawing from artists like Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Jim and Jesse, The Stanley Brothers, The Dillards, and Hot Rize.
Brook Erickson, 19, originally from Rushford, MN, is currently living in southern Missouri. He is a self taught guitarist and has been playing since he was 13. His versatile voice allows him to sing lead and harmony vocals anywhere from bass to tenor and occasionally you might be lucky enough to hear him slip into falsetto. Brook plays not only rhythm guitar but is also an accomplished lead guitarist. He ran his own custom hay baling business when he was 15 and is continually thinking about starting an organic farming operation. Brook is a fan of Dodge trucks and Minneapolis Moline tractors. He enjoys farming, working on engines, entertaining, spending time with friends, and life in general.
Leo Stephas, 18, is from Chatfield, MN. Leo is a talented musician and does a great job of supporting the band with his smooth rhythm guitar playing, but also breaks out with an occasional solo. Leo comes from a musical family, as his mother played banjo in the bluegrass band Welcome Home. He is the newest member of the band and has been playing guitar for about four years. When not working in construction, Leo enjoys hunting, snowmobiling and jumping his bicycle.
Erik Weissing, 22, plays a fiddle that belonged to his great-grandfather as well as singing lead and harmony vocals. He is the leader of the band and is the MC during performances. As a child, Erik loved listening to the celtic and old-time fiddling of artists like Brad Leftwich and Tom Schaeffer. He took classical violin lessons for five years and has built on that training to develop a bluegrass style. He won the open division talent contest at the Winona County Fair in 2011 as a solo fiddler. Erik is a recent college graduate with a degree in Industrial Technology and is going on to work in the field. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting.
Karl Weissing, 19, is on banjo duty for the Misty Mountain Boys. Karl's rich baritone voice nicely fills out the vocal trios and quartets, and is featured on songs like Dark as a Dungeon and No Mother or Dad. He studied the cello first, not picking up the banjo until age 14. Karl has taken banjo lessons from Katie Stephas, formerly of the bluegrass group Welcome Home. His creative and driving banjo playing is a core part of the band sound. He completed a Carpentry degree in 2012 and is currently working in construction. When he's not picking the five string he enjoys beekeeping and gardening.
Friedrich Weissing, 17, has taken classical violin lessons and started playing mandolin for the band in 2010, inspired by the playing of Bill Monroe, Doyle Lawson and Tim O'Brien. In addition to his mandolin playing, he also picks up the guitar on a few songs and joins the vocal trios and quartets with his high tenor. Friedrich is currently working on a network administration degree. He is interning in the I.T. department at a university and enjoys reading, computers, and chess.
Ernst Weissing, 15, is from Utica, MN, as are all the Weissings. He started playing bass with the band two years ago and is keeping right up. He not only plays bass, but also sings bass on songs like Love of the Mountains and Ramblin' Boy. Ernie is a constant source of innovative comedy. He works for local farmers and enjoys teasing Brook about Dodge trucks. He is the proud owner of three antique tractors.
The Misty Mountain Boys would like to thank their parents for encouraging them in their musical endeavors and are grateful to Katie Stephas, Larry Irvin, Rich Ahrens, Heidi Ryan, the late Kevin Ryan, The Southeastern Minnesota Bluegrass Association, Bob Stuber, and the Winona chapter of the Sons of Norway for their support. The group would love to provide family-friendly bluegrass for your event. Click on the contact us tab for contact information.