Meet the Band


imageBob Knysz
– Mandolin – Vocals

Bob’s music roots began in Chicago, where he started playing music at the age of 8. Blues, Folk and Rock guitar were his early influences. In 1978 he discovered the mandolin with Bill Monroe, Doyle Lawson and Jethro Burns as his early mandolin influences. He began playing mandolin professionally in 1979 in Chicago playing with the Windy Ridge Ramblers and became a member of the Atlanta music scene in 1982. His love affair with the mandolin has brought him through many musical idioms including: blues, bluegrass, country, acoustic, classical, choro, and jazz.  Bob has played with the Greater Atlanta Bluegrass Band, Bluegrass in the Backwoods, Bluegrass Five, Good Medicine, Hot Club of Atlanta, and the Handsaw Brothers.  Bob is also the co-founder and concertmaster of the Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra.

Ed-hsEd Davis – Bass, Banjo – Vocals

A native of Alberta, VA, Ed has enjoyed bluegrass music as long as he can remember. Although classically trained as a music educator at East Carolina University and Georgia State University, his main musical interest has been bluegrass for almost 40 years. After moving to the Atlanta area in the mid ‘70s, he played bass and banjo with Chattahoochee Station.  Since that time he has performed with Pony Express, Bluegrass in the Backwoods and Faculty Grass. Having eclectic musical tastes, he has played cello in the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra, electric bass in the Steve Shivers Trio and Community Bible Church Chapel Orchestra, and mandola in the Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra.  Ed spent 37 years as a music educator in Georgia public and private schools and now serves as orchestra director at Jonesboro United Methodist Church.

BobP-hsRobert “Bob” Putnam – Guitar – Vocals

Robert “Bob Putnam is a native Georgian who grew up in Clayton County. as a child he would listen to his father play the harmonica on the porch at their home. A nurturing mother purchased a Silvertone acoustic guitar which Bob started to play at the age of 12. Through the years his dominate influences in music were John Prine, Bob Dylan, Tony rice and groups such as the Dillards. Cedar Hill and Mountain Heart. Bob has performed at countless events through the years. He currently lives in Canton, GA and has performed with the band “Faculty Grass” for the past 27 years and the Jot’em Down Boys.

danny-hsDanny Bermel – Fiddle – vocals

We think Danny is one of the hottest up and coming great fiddlers from Georgia. Danny is a music educator and is currently attending the University of Georgia where he is working on his Doctorate in Music. Danny is also a fine composer of fiddle tunes in Georgia. He has also performed with Ed and Bob in “Faculty Grass” band and with Bob Putnam in the Jot’em Down Boys and is always in great demand in the North Georgia area.

8th of January frequently invites special guests to join them on stage, Banjo, Dobro, check out our next public performance. You never know who might join in the fun with 8th of January. It’s always Great music!