About Us


Kent Powell - A member of Runaway Train since August, 2005 , Kent is a veteran of bluegrass music having performed for many years with  the very popular band Crossfire .  He plays a mean banjo and adds to our sound with powerful harmony and lead vocals.  Also the second youngest member of the band he makes his home in Tacoma. WA.Not too bad looking either!


Greg Linder– Greg, a native of Washington and living in Union on Hood Canal, was struck by  Bluegrass fever in 1980 upon attending the near-by Tumwater Bluegrass Festival.  In the years since, icons such as Tony Rice and Charles Sawtelle have heavily influenced  his music.  He is well known in the regional music scene as co-founder of Caravan, and most recently of Blue Hill, and for winning the Western Canada Flat-pick Championships at Chillowack in 1999 , and most recently 3rd place in the Wenatchee River festival flatpicking contest in 2007.  He plays guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals with Runaway Train.  


Nolan Elwell - He is the newest member of Runaway Train as of December 2006, and also the youngest.  Born in Des Moines, Wa. and now living in Bonney Lake with wife and three kids, he plays mandolin and sings lead and harmony.  Nolan played for four years with Tacoma's Knaughty Pine.  Influences on his musical interests are Bela Fleck, Allison Krause, the Cox Family among others.  It's difficult to hold this guy back - and a pleasure to have on board!


John Pyles – The summer of 1962 was when John succumbed to this bluegrass thing.  A brother brought home a banjo and that’s all it took!  He’s been playing and listening ever since.  John enjoys every shade of bluegrass from very traditional to acoustic jazz. He has played in several bands in his native California as well as in Washington, where he lives in Poulsbo near his children and grandchildren.