The Oly Mountain Boys

The Oly Mountain Boys are a South Puget Sound bluegrass institution, picking and singing around Olympia, Washington since 2008. They bring a Pacific Northwest sensibility to the bluegrass sound through traditional tunes and original compositions, and showcase the power of the American bluegrass music tradition.

Tye Menser - Banjo & Lead Vocals

Tye was born in Southern California but likes to point out, for bluegrass credibility, that his parents and entire family are from Western Kentucky. Tye learned to play bluegrass in Fairbanks, Alaska starting in 2004, studying the bands of Carl Hoffman, the Father of Alaska Bluegrass, and the hard-driving style of his banjo disciples.  

Chris Rutledge - Guitar, Vocals

Chris Rutledge was born and raised in Shelton, Washington.  Chris grew up with his dad's country/rock band, Whatever's Fair, and learned to play guitar at a young age.  He went on to play in several local bands, his style earning comparisons to Eric Clapton and Jimmie Page, only "nowhere near as good..." After a long love affair with a Les Paul and a big Fender amp, he was bitten by the bluegrass bug at the Northwest String Summit.  The only cure was to unplug all that cumbersome gear and find a group of like-minded pickers bent on making great music.  Chris does ask that you not tell the Les Paul, as he has yet to break the news.

Josh Grice - Fiddle

Josh Grice was raised near Milwaukee, Wisconsin and moved to Olympia to work and stare at the mountains. He stumbled into a bluegrass jam in early 2009 and soon wound up a member of the Oly Mountain Boys. His bluegrass inspirations begin with his dad's bluegrass treasury albums and extend to modern pickers like Bela Fleck and Chris Thile, and fiddlers like Jason Carter and Casey Driessen. He keeps his fingers limber by playing "violin" with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra.

Phil Post - Bass, Dobro, Vocals

Phil is the only Oly Mountain Boy with bona fide Southern heritage, growing up in the Ozark Mountains in Missouri. Phil's musical journey began singing for a Springfield, MO church choir. He moved to the Pacific Northwest many years ago, studying jazz and composition, and has played a number of instruments in a variety of regional bands through the years, including Big Idea, Heliotroupe (jam band), Head For the Hills (bluegrass), Milroy Holler (psychedelic), Cabin Kind (newgrass), Tilted Stilts (alt-country), and the Erev Rav (klezmer). 


  • May 30
    6th Annual Steamboat Jamboree,  Olympia
  • Sep 4
    Olympia Harbor Days,  Olympia
  • Nov 20
    Black Lake Elementary School,  Tumwater


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