BRIGHTWATER JUNCTION
Back in the 70's when Lyn was learning to pick the banjo; he was drawn to the sounds of Earl Scruggs, Sonny Osborne and J.D. Crowe.  Rocky Top to Muddy Bottom was on his turntable most of the time.  Then influences like the Bluegrass Album Band and The Johnson Mountain Boys came along and he found the sound he wanted.  Lyn played with a very popular Missouri band, Downhome Bluegrass for 15 years gaining a lot of experience of what it takes to have a successful band.  During those years came the Dry Valley Bluegrass Festival which he helped build and run.  Then in 1996, Lyn and his wife Tonya became founding members of Brightwater Junction.  Since then the band has become a major part of bluegrass in the Midwest.  Lyn does the majority of the lead singing for the band.  He also is the MC for the group and enjoys adding a little humor to round out a Brightwater Junction show.
When it comes to bass playing,  it doesn't get any better then Tonya Coones.   She is always right on top of the beat.   As she was learning to play the bass she would watch some of the bass players at the local festivals.  One of her favorite's was Erl Hees, one of the best to come out of Missouri.  Blending her  own style and what she picked up from Erl has made her one of the best in Missouri.  Tonya also adds great tenor harmonies to round out the sound of Brightwater Junction.
Eric Coones was introduced to bluegrass music at a young age through watching his parents play in a bluegrass band and by lending a helping hand at their bluegrass festival, Dry Valley.  During those early years Eric played guitar, believing it to be his instrument of choice.  It wasn't until his parents' started a new band, Brightwater Junction, that Eric discovered the mandolin.  Once picking up the instrument, he never looked back.  Listening to bluegrass greats such as Bill Monroe, Doyle Lawson, Ronnie McCoury, and Adam Steffey assisted Eric to form the dynamic and diverse style he is known for today.  Eric is considered one of the finest mandolin players in the Midwest, even a three time Mid-West SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year.
Jason Jordan discovered bluegrass while listening to jam sessions at his great aunt and uncle's house.  At the age of 6, Jason decided to start playing mandolin.  That same year, Bill Monroe futher encouraged Jason's bluegrass career when he learned C, G, and D chords from the star backstage during a festival.  Eventually Jason picked up the banjo and guitar.  Throughout the years, he has been a part of numerous groups including the well known Parking Lot Pickers and Just in Tyme.  Jason joined Brightwater Junction in 2003,  bringing his exceptional flat-picking style and strong lead woice to the group.  Jason is also an accomplished song writer.  He co-wrote "Captain" which Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver recently recorded.   He also includes his original songs in Brightwater Junction shows.