BLUE OCTANE members are all professional musicians and have experience playing and recording with nationally recognized bands.
WARREN BLAIR (fiddle, vocals) is known internationally for his musical brilliance. He has a distinct long-bow stroke fiddling style all his own but can also, on demand, accurately quote thousands of iconic fiddle tunes and breaks from masters note-for-note. Warren has performed and recorded with far too many top national bluegrass and country music acts to cite here, among the most prominent include the Bluegrass Cardinals and Del McCoury’s Dixie Pals. Warren also has a rich baritone voice and can render a country song as good or better than most A-list Nashville performers.
Warren comes from a musical family – brothers Darrell and Kenny are also gifted musicians. His father, Kimball Blair, who passed away in 2017, was a legendary fiddle player that performed with many national acts over his 50 year career.
JOHN BROWN (guitar, vocals) grew up around Bluegrass. His father, John Brown, Sr. was a well-known guitar player and singer. At age 8, John got his first guitar and by age 10 he started playing bass with his fathers band, The One Way Express Bluegrass Gospel Band (which he still fills in with occasionally). Throughout the years, John has performed in several New Jersey based bands, including the Home Cooking Band and his own band, the Bel-Aire Boys. In addition, John was a member of Ivan Sexton and the Delaware Valley Boys and has performed several times at the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival.
John’s biggest musical influences include the Stanley Brothers, Flatt and Scruggs and the Osborne Brothers. His guitar style is influenced by the Stanley Sound and he enjoys cross picking leads. John makes his home in Millville, NJ with his wife Michele.
TIM KRUZIK (banjo, vocals) has played banjo over for over 40 years and played on the Patuxent Banjo Project, a two CD release featuring banjo players from Washington DC, Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Southern Pennsylvania. Tim is most well known as the banjo player for Blue Daze from 1990-2010 and with Shiloh Ridge (from York, PA) from 2011-2013.
He plays the banjo primarily in the Scruggs style, but mixes in influences from all the great banjo players he has studied. Tim also provides baritone and tenor vocals for Blue Octane. A long time resident of Maryland, Tim currently lives in the town of Columbia
DAVID ROBERTSON (mandolin and vocals) is known as one of the foremost tenor singers in the region. Dave has performed all his life starting at a young age singing in church, and playing mandolin with his father. His clear, mellifluous voice always enthralls audiences, whether it is an unhurried country ballad or a fast bluegrass Gospel number.
David plays mandolin with a highly melodic and fluid style. He has never met a stranger and leaves his audience feeling like they have a made a new friend.
ANDREA WESTERINEN (bass, vocals) cites the bassist Roy Husky Jr. as one of her early influences. She has played bass in regional bands in Florida, South Carolina, Washington State and Maryland for over 25 years. In the Seattle area, she has performed with the award-winning Ohop Valley Boys and the Stray Dogs at bluegrass festivals and state fairs.
Andrea contributes heartfelt vocals and impeccable timing on the bass, providing a solid foundation for Blue Octane. Andrea and her husband Jeff currently make their home in North East, MD with Carter and Ralph, their two boisterous labradoodle dogs.
JEFF WESTERINEN (mandolin, fiddle, vocals) has played Bluegrass and Old Time music professionally for over 40 years. A native Marylander with an itinerant history, Jeff has played fiddle, mandolin and bass in regional bands from New York, Florida, South Carolina and Washington State before moving back to Maryland in September of 2014. He is a veteran of the five-time New York State champion Yankee Rebels and the year 2000 International Bluegrass Music (Pizza Hut) Champion Ohop Valley Boys. A true multi-instrumentalist,
Jeff is also known to play a fiddle tune on a mandolin, flatpick a guitar or pick up a banjo to play a breakdown or two.