Shelby’s career has been that of diversity. From performing, recording and appearing on Hee Haw with Roy Clark for many years, Shelby has led the Tulsa Playboys and recorded with some true greats: J. J. Cale, Leon McAuliffe, Hank Thompson, The Tractors, Bruce Foreman to name a few. Ever being interested in education, Shelby has served as Education Director for the National Fiddler Hall Of Fame and taught many private students. It’s here that we see not only performer but composer emerge with this Gypsy influenced Jazz Quartet.
Isaac Eicher is a mandolinist from Tulsa, Oklahoma that leads the forefront of jazz mandolin. Having started with acoustic mandolin in a largely bluegrass context, Isaac quickly gravitated toward the sounds of gypsy jazz, bebop and latin jazz on the acoustic mandolin incorporating modern mandolin technique. Now he is exploring the versatility of a newly-created jazz mandola that resembles the tone and design of a jazz guitar. Isaac’s style draws inspiration from traditional jazz language in such a way that allows the mandolin to transcend its standard settings and idiomatic restraints and cross over to the jazz world, participating with ease and style.
In addition to studying music, Isaac pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Oklahoma and spent a year of intensive language study in Valencia, Spain. This allowed him the opportunity to travel Europe with a mandolin playing and making musical friends in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Ireland and Scotland.
The oldest son of accomplished musicians, Shelby Eicher and Janet Rutland, Nathan was exposed to music at an early age. Nathan began playing base at age 13 and has played with many acclaimed musicians. In 2012 Nathan received a Masters Degree in Music (Jazz Studies - Commercial Music Production from the University of Central Oklahoma).
Growing up in Nashville TN, Austin began playing music at an early age. Winning his first contest at age eleven, he considered a career in music as a possibility. Throughout high school, Austin played in several bands and honed in on his craft as a musician. He attended Belmont University where he received two prestigious Downbeat awards, and earned a Bachelor of Music degree. These days, Austin tours, teaches and works with several artists and communities in the United States.