India brings to the group a strong early classical background in piano, organ, cello and voice with over 35 years experience on guitar. She was caught up in the Greenwich Village-inspired folk scene of the '60s, when folk music became her primary musical focus. In the '70s India sang professionally with Silk'nSteel, an Ohio folk/rock band, and over a ten-year period presented a program called "Ballad Workshop" to local schools in the Dayton-Cincinnati area. Her strong musical influences include Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Linda Ronstadt, Judy Collins, Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen, Jackson Browne, Ian & Sylvia, Kate Wolf, Nanci Griffith, and Iris Dement.
Keith, a self-taught banjo picker, is the group's strong bluegrass influence. He was swept up in the folk revival of the '60s and '70s and rapidly migrated toward the bluegrass end of the folk spectrum. In the early '70s, Keith played banjo in Whetstone, an acoustic folk-rock-grass group in Charlotte. He counts Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Bill Keith, and Alan Munde as the strongest influences on his self-taught playing style. He has introduced India Cain to some of the genius of Bill Monroe, and further introductions will surely follow.