|Member since||February 05, 2009|
|Members||Ben, Melanie, Nicklaus|
|Influences||Avett Brothers, Gram Parson, Hank Williams, The Promise Ring|
Formed in 2006 the Harrisonburg, VA based group fuses elements of alt-country, folk and indie rock to produce a sound noted for its use of traditional instruments in an unconventional manner. Benjamin Schlabach's distinct voice is often found leading the band, as he fills vocal and guitar roles. His wife, Melanie, joins him at the microphone, bringing a classically trained background to the group's vocals and on violin. Playing brush drums and flat picking on banjo, Nicklaus Combs rounds out the eclectic trio.
In February 2008, Mild Winter released their first full length "A Wanderer's Home." During the fall of the same year, the group moved quickly into production of their second album, "Postcards and Letters", self released on vinyl and CD.
Learning from generations past and admiring contemporary acts, Mild Winter has a rustic feel, performed with modern methods, appealing to a wide audience.