Meet Your Bluegrass Family

Sonya Robles Cotton

Sonya, a native Texan, relocated to Louisville, KY.  in 1988. She is a founding member of B.A. and has held the office of  Secretary since 2001. She has worked as a volunteer for IBMA World of  Bluegrass (WOB) since 1999 and in the position of WOB Volunteer Manager  for more than 10 years. She's an alumni of Leadership Bluegrass 2012,  won the 2015 Parking Lot Picker Award at Festival of the Bluegrass and  plays upright bass.  

Dan Robinson

   Dan Robinson has been a member of Bluegrass Anonymous since March of  2005, joining at the insistence of Mike Bucayu and after winning a  Gibson J-180 guitar from the Gibson Custom shop at First Quality  Music. I am currently serving my third or maybe fourth  term as your BA President, and enjoy working with our great Board of  Directors.  I've been playing  guitar since Hayloft Hoedown, I play a  little mandolin, bass and the drums.  Pictured is the guitar I am  currently building at Ted Harlans' shop....can't wait  to string it and pick with it. 

Robin Thixton

 Originally from Chetwynd, British Columbia in Canada, Robin Thixton began playing the banjo at age 14 where she performed for several years on the west coast of Canada and the US with the bluegrass band, Just for Fun.  She is also an Alumni of South Plains Jr. College in Levelland, Texas famed for its bluegrass and country music program.  While there she was under the tutelage of famed banjoist, Alan Munde.
After leaving college, Robin found herself in Nashville, TN performing for over a decade with the all-female bluegrass group, Petticoat Junction, who were one of the earliest artists on the bluegrass record label, Pinecastle Records.  After performing with Petticoat Junction, Robin went on to pick with bands such as Blue and Lonesome, Bull Harman and Bull’s Eye, the Kati Penn Band, and Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike
Upon meeting her husband, Louisville native and fellow banjo picker, Murrell Thixton in 2009, Robin moved to Louisville and has since become involved with the Louisville Bluegrass Music Association, Bluegrass Anonymous. You can catch her out pickin’ banjo with the Total Strangers. 

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Paula Halfacre

Paula is a recent retiree who serves on the Bluegrass Anonymous / Louisville  Bluegrass Music Association Board as Treasurer after working 30 years as  an Operations Manager for a National Advertising, Marketing, and  Promotions company. Paula loves traditional music and has been playing  guitar and singing since the 60’s when Folk music was on the scene.  While Paula has played various musical styles throughout her life, in  the last few years she has come home to her love of bluegrass. The first  bluegrass song she ever heard as a little girl that made a lasting  impression on her was Salty Dog! Once you get the bug…you don’t get over  it! 

Mike Schroeder

 Mike is a Louisville native and member of Hog Operation  and Cloigheann. He founded and performs with the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra He also teaches private lessons 

Leah Cockrell

Bio please, Leah!

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Dave Howard

Dave serves as Director of Louisville Folk School, a  traditional music education community he founded in 2015, and sits on  the board of Bluegrass Anonymous - Louisville's Bluegrass Music  Association. Dave moved from his childhood home of Owensboro, KY to  study Art History at University of Louisville, and recently apprenticed  as a fiddler through a Kentucky Arts Council Masters Apprenticeship  Grant for Folk Arts. When he isn't busy performing around the country as  a mandolinist with award winning progressive bluegrass bands, he can  often be found running joyfully through the woods near his home in the  historic Clifton neighborhood.   

Rebecca Minnick

Bio please, Rebecca!

Micky Nelson

Micky Nelson spent her teen years strumming guitar and crooning folk songs. Then one day some truly remarkable friends introduced her to bluegrass and the banjo.  Since retiring, Micky has spent the past 4 years renewing her musical connections, circulating through living rooms, music stores, folk school, and bars in search of others who share her bluegrass addiction. She spreads the word by serving as a rotating jam facilitator at Louisville Folk School and volunteering with others who bring bluegrass to the classroom. Although new to website management, she is eager to bring the resources of our community to our website. Next time you're at a Louisville jam, look around.  She's probably there.

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Board Members-at-Large

Berk Bryant, Charlie Logsdon, Michelle Bucayu, Mike Bucayu, Mike Cleveland, Gabrielle Gray, Nathan Livers, Steffani Livers, and Edward T. "Tipp" Depp.