Mandolin

Lauren Price Napier

Music has long been present in the life of Lauren Price Napier.  Growing up, she learned to sing duet-style harmony with her twin sister, Leanna, by listening to their parents sing together. Although Lauren and Leanna were gifted instruments as children, it wasn’t until they attended a few workshops and festivals in their mid-high school years that they began to take a strong interest in bluegrass music. 

Lauren is a 2017 graduate of Morehead State University with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Traditional Music and a minor in Business Administration. She holds the role of co-founder, mandolinist, and vocalist with The Price Sisters band – most of her professional work in the music industry comes from within that position. While still in college, Lauren and Leanna signed with Rebel Records, released an EP, and subsequently began touring as The Price Sisters. The Sisters’ released their first full-length album for Rebel, “A Heart Never Knows,” in spring of 2018. Fronted by Lauren and Leanna, The Price Sisters five-piece band to-date has performed at numerous venues and festivals across the United States, China, Ireland, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. 

In 2016 and 2017, Lauren was among those instructing at the Monroe Mandolin Camp. She has taught classes at Bean Blossom Bluegrass Bootcamp, the Bobby Osborne Mandolin Roundup, and at various festivals where The Price Sisters have performed. Lauren has worked as an artist-in-residence with the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum and in June of 2019, was featured for an interview on Mandolin Cafe. Lauren was nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) 2019 Momentum Vocalist of the Year and IBMA’s Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year for 2020 in addition to The Price Sisters’ band nomination for Momentum Band of the Year in 2019. When she’s not on the road performing, Lauren teaches skype, in-person, and private instrumental lessons for children and adults.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Steve Smith is not only known as one of this country’s top mandolin players and multi-instrumentalist but also as an outstanding educator. Along with his work with the Roots/Bluegrass group The Hard Road Trio, the duo Tim May and Steve Smith and the Alan Munde Gazette, Steve has been on faculty at the California Coast Music Camp, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Music Camp, Colorado Roots Music Camp, Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp, Zoukfest and Camp Bluegrass (for twenty years running).  Smith has appeared at festivals and venues including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, High Mountain Hay Fever, Rocky Grass, Swallow Hill, Freight and Salvage, Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, the Big Horn Mountain Festival, and the Minnesota Old-time and Bluegrass Festival and the Bluegrass Meltdown to name a few.   With the Las Cruces Symphony, he has performed works of William Grant Still, Gershwin and George Crumb and the musical Chicago.  Along with forty plus years of coast to coast touring, Smith has performed in Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Cuba and the US Virgin Islands. He has also performed in musical theater in Cotton Patch Gospel (multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and actor) and the Robber Bride Groom; he composed and performed the score for a production of the Sam Sheppard play Curse of the Starving Class. Steve has appeared on over 40 albums as performer and producer including guitar legends Jim Hurst, Mitch Perry, and Tim May, banjoist Bill Evans, Alan Munde and Tim O’Brien.  His music has been heard on countless radio stations across the US and on the Discovery Channel, The History Channel and even the Weather Channel.