Sheri picks the 5-String banjo and is an original band member and co-founder of Grasstime®. The band was formed in 2014 and although some band members have changed, the band's sound has remained very traditional - with 3 part harmonies and a hard-driving, lively tempo. Her biggest banjo influence is of course - the late, great Earl Scruggs! After playing primarily 'Scruggs-style' banjo picking, Sheri became interested in melodic style playing as well and was influenced by Bill Keith. Today she tries to mix both styles into her playing.
Originally from Rhode Island, Sheri Willis relocated to Tennessee in 1993 after accepting an engineering position with General Motors at the Spring Hill, TN plant. She was employed with General Motors for 14 years before leaving the auto industry to focus full-time on her real estate investments. She currently resides in Franklin, TN with her husband Charlie.