Hyperbole Mountain Biographical Information
Since 2007 we've been working on a building...
members of Hyperbole Mountain are all big fans of the bluegrass.
We like listening, playing and swapping songs with our bluegrass
buddies. Now, anybody who knows a little about bluegrass knows
that gospel is one of the foundations of the music. Some folks
will do a lot of gospel but most, particularly in our part
of the world, will just play one or two songs in a set. Some
bands might be concerned that they might offend. Well get
ready for unapologetic gospel. Not only is our current goal
to bring you a full bluegrass gospel experience but to take
it to the highest power! We've been scouring the box sets
looking for those cast-aside songs, great melodies and in-your-face
lyrics. What could be more fun! We might even go so far as
to have a little good old-fashioned snake handling at our
Hey band members, would you tell us something
Anderson - Lessley plays banjo
and sings leads and tenor.
From the age of 6, I knew I wanted to spread the gospel when
I drew a picture of myself as a (male, bearded) preacher on
a 1st grade assignment entitled "what I want to be when
I grow up." If was hard to get the proper information
in a 100% Heathen household, but luckily I discovered a worn
Jesus Christ Superstar LP (original British cast recording)
which got me started down the path. Next came the banjo, an
addiction to the Louvin Brothers, and twenty plus years that
might be described as "Godless". However, as somebody
once said, you have to walk close to the abyss to see its
depths. And when I preach about the temptation of Satan, I
really know what I'm talking about!
Galen Krumel - Galen
plays guitar and sings both lead and baritone.
On paper my background is well suited to bluegrass gospel
music: my grandmother taught fiddle (actually violin), I sang
in the church choir and consumed the body of Christ, grew
up around chickens, ducks and horses, strayed to the call
of the devil's music in my later years (Mississippi delta
blues), and now struggle to avoid the ways of the modern day
Ken Torke -
Ken plays mandolin and sings lead and the occasional baritone.
I like cake. My grandma Mayme went to the Weldon Valley Presbyterian
Church, played the organ and sang in the choir. She also made
an award winning (literally) angel food cake with the thinnest
carmel frosting and little bits of maraschino cherries. It
can't be reproduced easily in these troubled times. I just
say I'm happy with German chocolate as my favorite. You know,
the American version with the coconut in the frosting. I like
carrot cake too.
Mark Wardenburg -
Mark plays and sings bass. He also does the occasional lead
I'm a new age male. Turn-ons are Renaissance fairs,
naugahyde, twin fiddles, day trips to the spa and pastry carts.
Turn-offs are mean people and brimstone.
Band Photo by Francis Chung