Page County Ramblers BIO

Gary Desper

Guitar and Vocals

Gary Desper

Gary started playing guitar and singing at the age of 13 as a member of the Poor Mountain Boys. He play with them until they disbanded in 1975. After that he played with Buzz Busby as a Bayou Boy. It was with Buzz that Gary played his first Bluegrass Festival in Upper Marlborro MD around 1977-78, After that he played with his Dad Bill Desper and the Desperado’s until Bill took sick in 1982 and passed away in 1984.

Gary didn’t play again untile 1987 at a New Years eve party at the request of some friends.

In 1988 Gary formed the Page County Ramblers and the rest is history.

Clifford Shifflett

Banjo and Vocals

Clifford Shifflett

Born in Rockingham County,Va. Resides presently in Page County Va. He started learning banjo at age 14, influenced by local musicians early also play acoustic and electric guitar and a bit of Dobro. He played with the Grass Associates and Grass Reflections in the 1970’s and 80’s. He also played with some variety bands[country,southern rock,etc.] throughout the late 80’s and 90’s while still sitting in with some bluegrassers. He got involved with the Page County Ramblers in 1996 and still here.

Andy Constable

Mandolin, Guitar and Vocals

Andy Constable

I grew up playing with my cousins Kenny and Gary Jobe, Jody Lovelace and brother Billy Constable. In the early 80’s we had a family band called The Constables playing in California with my mom Lois sister Valerie and Billy Constable. Billy played with us when he wasn’t on the road playing guitar with The Doug Dillard band.

After playing bars in Scotland with my mom 1984 I moved to Virginia.

Joined the Page County Ramblers 2004

Michael Caplinger, Bass






Lives in Crimora  Va. I have been around bluegrass music most of my life.I started playing the Bass about 11 years ago.

Joined the Page County Ramblers 2013