"GO AND CHECK OUT CRYING UNCLE! WE DIG WHAT THEY ARE DOING! THE FUTURE OF MUSIC IS IN GOOD HANDS HERE!"
- David Grisman, on FB
was founded in 2016 by Quale brothers Miles (age 14, on fiddle and vocals) and Teo (age 12, on mandolin and vocals). The brothers, who are State and National fiddle and mandolin champions, have been featured on KQED’s The California Report, performed at venues such as IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Festival and CBA’s Father's Day Bluegrass Festival, and have toured with sibling music duo and mentors, Tashina and Tristan Clarridge. They've performed on stage with bluegrass bands Sideline and Special Consensus and renowned guitarist George Cole; and with their former band, Rambling Minors, they’ve opened for fiddler Michael Cleveland. Miles and Teo are also part of the band, Jubilee.
Originally, Crying Uncle invited guest musicians to collaborate with them. Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band (CUBG) realizes the band members' expansive take on bluegrass music. The bluegrass band was formed in 2017.
Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band includes:
Andrew Osborn, age 15, on bass and vocals. Known for his rock-solid rhythm and fiery bass solos, Andrew began studying music at age 4 and at age 11, fell in love with the string bass. He has had guest appearances with a number of Bay Area bluegrass bands, including 35 Years of Trouble and Savannah Blu, and has performed at Good Old Fashioned Festival and IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Festival. He is a regular member of the band, Festival Speed .
John Gooding, age 16, guitar and vocals. John’s only 16 but you’d never guess that from his superb flatpicking guitar work. John has been playing bluegrass for many years with his two brothers and dad, and was selected to represent the California Bluegrass Association at the prestigious IBMA conference in 2014, 2015 and 2017. He was CBA's Teen Ambassador in 2016 and 2017. He regularly performs with his other band, The Blue J's .
CUBG has opened for prestigious bands such as The Del McCoury Band and David Grisman Bluegrass Experience. As members of other bands and individually, they have played at venues such as IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Festival (as guest musicians), CBA’s Father's Day Bluegrass Festival and the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA. CUBG is based in Northern California. CUBG is the 2018 Winner of Pickin’ in the Pines Festival Band Contest.