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Artists Bios

Aaron Ashton

Aaron Ashton (Violin, Viola, Electric Violin) is the sort of musician who lives in classical, fiddle and ethnic genres with equal ease. Aaron’s work can be heard on the soundtracks of Spartacus, The Seeker, Velveteen Rabbit, and Red Dragon (Silence of the Lambs). Aaron has performed with Peter Cetera, William Joseph, Smokey Robinson, Josh Groban, the Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and the Country Music Awards. His accomplishments include “Outstanding Violinist” from The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival; the Federation of Music Competition college division winner; and "Studio Musician of the Year" Pearl Award. Ashton currently works in Salt Lake City as a freelance violinist/fiddler, directs Blue Sky Music Camps, and performs with “The Aaron Ashton Band.” He continues to record and his latest album, "Split the Difference" is available now at and iTunes.

Ryan Tilby

Ryan Tilby is a multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer known for his broad palette of sounds and styles. Tilby is a Utah state champion on banjo, guitar and mandolin as well as a winner of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition. He studied jazz guitar at Utah State University and has three solo albums distributed through Stone Angel Music. He has performed at Telluride, Merlefest, FanFest, RockyGrass, toured Europe twice, and hundreds of festivals across the United States.  His music has been featured on Duck Dynasty, the Discovery Channel and Outdoor Photo Adventures. Most recently, his projects include a solo album called Sacred Guitar and live touring with Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand.  Ryan is also a busy studio musician for clients around the world through Remote Sessions.

Ryan's arsenal of instruments include Banjo, Mandolin, Dobro, Lap Steel, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, and Bouzouki. With years under his belt as a professional touring musician signed to Capitol Records, Ryan has played venues around the world and recorded on hundreds of projects.  

Sam Runolfson


Samuel Runolfson graduated from the University of Utah with a Masters in Cello Performance and Weber State University with a Bachelors in Music Education. He teaches Elementary Strings in the Prince William County School District in Virginia. Samuel has participated in a variety of performing ensembles including the New American Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra Ogden, Manassas Symphony Orchestra, and Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra. Samuel has performed chamber music in various settings including quartets, cello ensembles, piano trios, jazz and Celtic ensembles. He has performed, lectured and taught music to students from elementary to high school, and also performed and taught in Haiti during the summer of 2008. He has worked with several summer music camps including Blue Sky Music Camps and Summer Strings (a program through Weber State University). Samuel is an active recording artist for commercials, movies, TV spots, and local artists.

James Arbizu

As a free-lance musician James has played fiddle, classical violin, and viola across western Wyoming, including 3 years as a lead fiddle for the Bar T 5 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. James has experience in the recording studio and live sound. He directed the Mountain Music Bluegrass band and SVHS Bluegrass Band. James taught orchestra in the schools and conducted the Salt River Symphony Chorus, the Evanston Community Orchestra and Choir, The Nebo Philharmonic, Lincoln Youth Orchestra, WSU String Project Youth Orchestra, WSU Summer Strings, multiple BYU orchestras & MAT Camp Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Strings. His High School chamber Orchestra won the Cavalcade of Music for the 3A division and perfect scores in district festivals for the HS Bluegrass band all three years. James enjoys teaching private lessons and writing music. Currently he and his wife Daphne own and operate Mountain Music in Afton and Evanston. He also serves the president of the Salt River Arts Society, which recently purchased the Ford Theatre in Afton, WY and is actively running it as a live venue for the arts. 

Luke Kratz


Luke Kratz gigs regularly in regional bands as lead vocalist, backup vocals, keyboard, and bass in Wyoming and Idaho. He teaches multiple music classes and various instruments at Etna and Thayne Elementary schools and regularly puts together band-type of arrangements for his school concerts.  Luke knows how to foster creativity and improv for a functional band experience, especially with younger students. 

He is a private music instructor for multiple instruments and excels in teaching keyboard backup and fill on keys and bass lines on bass. 

Keith Sorensen


Keith Sorensen is a drummer, engineer and music producer with multiple degrees in Percussion Performance, Music Education and Music Technology.

He started playing drums in middle school band, and then moved from coffee shops to huge arenas. Both in live performances and in the recording studio, Keith has played with great artists across a wide variety of styles, including Lacey Williams, Alex Sharpe (Celtic Woman), Alyson Cambridge, Gentri, Collin Raye, Alex Boyé, Aaron Ashton, Sam Payne, and many others.

His first experience working in a studio was at age 17, and he fell in love with recording. On both sides of the microphones, creating music is Keith's passion. 

"I'm fortunate to do something I absolutely love, and help others realize their musical dreams at the same time. Music is a good, good thing."