Steve Hanes comes to the band via a chance meeting at a jam session where he met Dave for the first time. Steves interest in bluegrass music started in 1976, and hes played in several Ontario bands including Maple Hill and Northwind before joining 40 West in November 1996. Steve plays banjo and resophonic guitar in the band, and sings the low harmony parts.
Mike Maynard on mandolin, and Bill Lansdell on bass round out the foursome. Both bring strong vocal skills to the band, and both have worked in many award winning southern Ontario bands in the past, including Blue Mule, Grassworks, Hardwood, and Border City Bluegrass. Mike is a repeat winner of "Entertainer of The Year" at the Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards, and Bill has several "Bass Player of The Year" awards to his credit.
40 West plays both traditional and contemporary bluegrass music in a fresh and exciting style.
This band has a great future ahead of them. Like good Kentucky bourbon, 40 West will only improve with age. Watch for them at a local festival near you this coming season. - Bill Henry: The Ottawa Valley Bluegrass Music Associations Grass Clippings Newsletter
The music (at the Western Adirondacks Bluegrass Festival) for the most part was excellent; especially ...an impressive 40 West from Ottawa. - Bill Knowlton: "BLUEGRASS RAMBLE": WCNY-FM: SYRACUSE, UTICA, WATERTOWN NY
header photo courtesy of Simon Lunn