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The Band

Bryan Eklund

Raised in Georgetown, Kentucky, Bryan began developing his musical talent at a young age by singing and playing instruments in high school. His passion for the guitar advanced through college, as a singer-songwriter in multiple bands. 

Since moving to Nederland, Co in 1998, Bryan began his journey in the Colorado music scene.  Playing in local Nederland jams, he was fortunate enough to play with members of The String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon and Yonder Mountain String Band

In 2002, Bryan toured Eastward, fronting the band Bobber Johnson and the NIghtcrawlers, opening for Vince Gill and other well-known acts.  

In 2016, Bryan saw The Wrecklunds begin to take shape.  By 2017 the band had become a rehearsed outfit, playing desirable venues across Colorado.  Currently, Bryan remains a constant music pillar of the Colorado music community, encouraging the bright spots in modern music.

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Brandt Miller

Brandt was born in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky in the small town of Pineville, on December 19th, 1984. Brandt comes from a special musical family background. Brandt’s father was an Expos minor league baseball player and fiddle player who had grown up in Nashville, and his mother a nurse who sang a cappella gospel music. 

The family relocated several times, mostly between Kentucky and Texas. While in Texas, Brandt spent several years in San Antonio studying the guitar with Tom McCray, learning the art of “Travis” style of guitar playing.  
By age 10, Brandt was already performing guitar on stage in university recital halls in San Antonio. Upon moving back to Kentucky at age 13, Brandt discovered the great flatpicking guitarist Tony Rice and was driven to learn the flat picking style of his new hero. The next ten years were spent honing his guitar playing style and songwriting skills. 

Brandt formed the Restless Leg String Band in 2013 and two years later Brandt and his wife Suzanna moved to Colorado and began playing with the Boulder based Steepland String Band. Brandt joined up with The Wrecklunds in 2018, picking the five-wire – his Earl Scruggs meets Chuck Berry-style of banjo playing, crossed with a unique songwriting ability make him a sought after player on the front range and beyond.

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Eric Drobny

Great tone and time make Eric a top-tier upright bass player on the front range. He cut his teeth on bluegrass, traditional country and original folk genres. Eric has played in a variety of bands and combos in Colorado for the past 20 years including 40 Gallon Still Bluegrass, Some Train Yard and Kevin Dooley combo to name a few. 

A co-founder of The Wrecklunds, Eric wrote or co-wrote several songs on their latest album and continues to add new songs to the band’s repertoire. In addition to solid bass work and songwriting, he sings a sweet and highly complementary harmony, helping to define the vocal force of The Wrecklunds.

Eric currently plays a road-tested 1961 American Standard upright bass.  In addition to music, he enjoys time spent with his wife and two children, fishing, fun and working in the business intelligence profession. 

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Mark Swaim

Mark Swaim is a Colorado native, born in Denver and raised in Greeley. Inspired to play music by his grandma, who performed piano and organ in churches and during silent movies.

Mark grew up playing piano and trumpet in school. After college, Mark discovered his love for the mandolin through the David Grisman and Jerry Garcia duet album. Shortly afterwards, Mark joined a jam-band from Denver, called Home. This led to touring the country, playing festivals such as Wakarusa, Summer Camp, Harvest Fest, and Bella Madre to name a few.

Mark joined The Wrecklunds in 2019, wanting to get back to his bluegrass roots. He has been a consummate bandmate and performer ever since, whose passion and energy on stage is contagious, as is his powerful picking on a 1998 Gilchrest F-style mandolin.

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Kyle O’Brien

Born and raised in Evergreen, Colorado, Kyle grew up in a musical family. The O’Brien Family Band (comprised of dad, mom, sister and Kyle) played bluegrass, country & western music around the country from when Kyle was 8 until he went to high school at age 15.

Kyle moved to San Francisco for college, where he met and joined established bay-area bluegrass band The Earl Brothers.

In 2016 Kyle moved to Chicago to join the Henhouse Prowlers – touring to Europe, Russia, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Cambodia and other countries with the band as a Bluegrass Ambassador for the US State Department.

Kyle traveled to West Virginia in 2020 to record an album of original music produced by Chance McCoy (of Old Crow Medicine Show).

Looking to reconnect with his mountain roots, Kyle moved back to Colorado in 2020 and shortly after met and joined The Wrecklunds.

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