We are thrilled and honored that Buddy Miller & Friends headlined our 50th Anniversary Gala festivities, in a very special performance.  Buddy and his long-time friends and musical collaborators Joe D’Angelo, Steve Hendershott, David Olsen, and Jerry Steele shared their musical gifts to help celebrate Princeton Community Housing’s valuable work in our community.  Please scroll down for all bios and photos. Thank you so very much to Buddy Miller & Friends! 

Buddy Miller

Buddy Miller, who grew up in Princeton, is a highly acclaimed singer/songwriter, musician, recording artist, and producer.  A Grammy Award winner and recipient of multiple Americana Music Honors & Awards, Miller signed on as a producer for the hit ABC TV series Nashville in 2012, and was the executive music producer for two seasons.

Miller, who makes his home in Nashville, is married to and has recorded powerful, inspiring music with singer/songwriter Julie Miller. Together they have been at the center of the best new music to emerge from that vibrant scene and beyond -- writing, playing, collaborating, and co-producing with Patty Griffin, Robert Plant, Shawn Colvin, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, and Steve Earle, to name just a few.

Buddy's remarkable recording career includes over 30 records; please see discography and more information at www.BuddyMiller.com.  Since 2005, he has led the Americana All Star Band which performs with nominated artists during the Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony, held annually at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. In addition, Buddy continues to join with long-time friend and collaborator Jim Lauderdale in hosting the Buddy & Jim Radio Show on Sirius XM Outlaw Channel 60, engaging with other musicians in a "two-hour weekly Americana journey."  

Photo Credit: CJ Hicks

Joe D'Angelo

Joe D’Angelo – Drums and vocals:  Born and raised in Piscataway, Joe currently resides in Dallas.  Joe has earned a serious reputation in the Jersey Shore, New York City, and Philadelphia area as a popular “go-to” musician and vocalist.  As a blues-rock drummer, he became known for his “deep pocket’ and heavy sense of swing and funk, accompanied by a powerful back-beat.  A true “chameleon” of drumming, he is accomplished in many different styles and performs with acclaimed artists, of varying styles, on a regular basis.  Joe has studied with jazz legend Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck Group, Stan Getz,) R&B legend Bernard Purdie (Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles,) and noted fusion drummer Joe Nevolo (Pat Travers Band, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, Greg Howe.)  Joe teaches privately to both drum and vocal students in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Photo Credit: John Posada

Steve Hendershott

Steve Hendershott – Mandolin and Fiddle:  A Canadian raised in Montreal, Hendershott stumbled upon a banjo while a student at the University in Kingston, Ontario.He credits this banjo with leading to his discovery of American acoustic and bluegrass music.  Following a move to New Jersey, in the mid-1970’s Steve played banjo with the Millstone Valley Boys, a local bluegrass band.  Building on that experience, Steve worked on the fiddle and mandolin, playing and singing backup in several old-time and bluegrass bands including, The Jersey Travelers, and Borderline and Riverside. In 2011, Steve started the Maidenhead Mandolin Society, a local classical mandolin organization.

David Olsen

David Olsen – Banjo:  An accomplished bluegrass banjo musician who has played in a number of local bands, Olsen grew up in the Princeton area during the 1960’s folk era.  David feels lucky to have been exposed to the fast-emerging folk rock and bluegrass influences of the time.  He started out playing the 3-finger traditional “Scruggs” style banjo, and then later mixed in the new “melodic” style made popular by Bill Keith.  He credits the blending of these styles to allow for the banjo to fit into a diversity of songs from bluegrass to rock & roll.  Over the years, David has played in a number of bands and with a variety of talented artists, including friends Buddy Miller and Jerry Steele, who was a member of the successful, long-running Riverside Bluegrass Band.  David dedicates a lot of his free time “perfecting his chops” at area bluegrass jam sessions along with other high-powered musicians.

Jerry Steele

Jerry Steele – Bass:  As with many of his generation, Steele was bitten by the music bug after, as he puts it, “the Divine Revelation of witnessing The Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show.”  Since then, he has been playing music non-stop in many different genres, both as a solo artist and with a variety of groups.  His musical background includes bluegrass, folk, country, and basic rock & roll.  Currently residing in Lawrenceville, Jerry now feels most comfortable in the “Americana” or “Roots” category.  The list of artists with whom he has worked, including as a performer and technician, is long and varied, including Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nile Rodgers, and the late Mike Auldridge.  He plays throughout NJ and elsewhere in the band Best of the Eagles.  He also stresses that he is always eager to meet and play with new artists and is always looking forward to the next gig, wherever and whatever it may be.

Photo Credit: BT Images