By The Lee

By The Lee

Lauren Stovall and Peter Sharpe of The Railsplitters.

Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, Lauren Stovall has been enjoying the Rocky Mountains since 2005, when she moved to Aspen, CO to learn the art of snowboarding. During her stay there, she met a great group of bluegrass pickers and also acquired her first high quality guitar, purchased from the beloved (and not forgotten) former Great Divide Music shop right in the heart of town. She has since received her license to practice as a beauty operator during the day to help support her habit of late-night bluegrass picking. She also spends a lot of her time with her favorite Jack Russell Terrier, Skippy.

Today Lauren is playing a smaller but just as powerful guitar in the band-a Santa Cruz OM-as she delves into the old, timeless tunes she loves. Lauren continues to write her own material that can be heard performed by The Railsplitters.

The band’s longest-time Boulder local, all the way from the shores of Connecticut, Peter has been playing stringed instruments since he was only in grade school. He first picked up the mandolin in college when he found his great-grandfather’s pre-war Gibson stashed under his parents’ bed.

Around that time, he and a group of friends decided to pack up all their instruments and fly overseas. For a few months they earned their lunch money by busking the streets of Europe.

It wasn’t until the year 1999 that he decided to try Boulder on for size, following his love of climbing and telemark skiing. It just so happened that Peter fit right in and soon he found a great group of musicians to team up with! He has played with numerous local bands including The Wolftones and Jeremy Dion and The Buck Fifty.

After working many odd jobs, he finally decided to enroll at Naropa University to pursue his masters degree in Psychology. He now works as a therapist and is currently incorporating music into his work.

Peter plays a unique, innovative, and tasteful style on his Collings MF mandonlin in The Railsplitters and is a great song writer as well.