Mandolin and Vocals
The band leader and mandolin player, Seth Mulder, is graduate of the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music where he studied under music legends, Bobby Osborne and Curtis Burch. Seth brings an exciting approach to his mandolin style with influences of Bill Monroe, Ronnie McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Bobby Osborne, and Chris Thile. Seth has toured the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, sharing the stage with the likes of Bobby Osborne, Little Roy Lewis, J.D. Crowe, Darrell Webb, Johnny Butten, and many others. A North Dakota native, he now makes his home in East Tennessee. You’ll see Seth singing lead and harmony as well as performing some of his original music.
Banjo and Vocals
On the five-string banjo is Colton Powers, a Tennessee native and recent graduate of East Tennessee State Universities’ Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic and Country Music Studies program. Though he’s only been playing the banjo for eight years, he has become a very accomplished musician and vocalist, bringing influences of Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe and Bill Emerson to create a sound all his own. You’ll hear Colton playing banjo and singing lead, baritone and tenor vocals.
Guitar and Vocals
On the guitar is Ben Watlington. A graduate of East Tennessee State Universities’ Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic and Country Music Studies program. Ben has performed hundreds of venues with several different touring groups, most notably the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band. During his time in this group, he traveled throughout the United States and toured the country of Japan. He has performed with musicians such as Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, and Bobby Hicks all during his college career. Ben is very well versed in the traditional Bluegrass genre and has extensive knowledge of Country music as well, which all lend to his vocal talents, guitar playing and extensive lyrical knowledge. With influences such as Bill Monroe, Tony Rice, and The Louvin Brothers to name a few, he is surely a promising talent. Once you see Midnight Run perform with Ben Watlington, you’ll know he was meant to be a Bluegrass performer and a great addition to the group.
Upright Bass and Vocals
On the Upright Bass is Max Etling from Plymouth Minnesota. Max is also a recent graduate of East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Program. He played in the E.T.S.U. Bluegrass Pride Band for his junior and senior year where he toured all over the country performing at bluegrass festivals opening up for bands like Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder and sharing the stage with artist like Larry Sparks and Becky Buller, an ETSU alumna. Max will be playing the upright bass and singing baritone and lead vocals.