Home > Workshops > About the Instructors
Tim May is the kind of guy everyone likes.  He's humorous, humble, easy-going, and fun to be around.  He's also a very accomplished guitar player, singer, and songwriter—and one of Nashville's acoustic guitar "go-to guys". For fifteen years Tim focused on his job as the guitar player for the Nashville-based bluegrass band Crucial Smith. When that band broke up in 2002 the job offers started pouring in. Recent highlights include touring with Patty Loveless, touring with Eddie Rabbit, touring Japan with John Cowan, playing on the all-star Rounder project Moody Bluegrass (and performing with the Moody Blues band at the Ryman Auditorium), performing on the Grand Ole Opry dozens of times with Mike Snider, and recording a bluegrass gospel project with Charlie Daniels. Additionally, FGM Records has released Tim''s solo CD "Find My Way Back" and Tim is also featured in a new FGM Records concert DVD, "Live in Kansas City," with Brad Davis and Cody Kilby. While there are plenty of great guitar pickers in Nashville, Tim May adds great songwriting and singing to his list of many talents, which include being equally adept at resonator guitar, banjo, and mandolin. When he is not on the road or in the recording studio Tim works building and repairing stringed instruments. He is also the co-author of the eight-volume Flatpicking Essentials book/CD series and co-instructor on three instructional DVDs for guitar.
Dan Miller has been the publisher and editor of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine since 1996. He has also co-authored a number of flatpicking books, including: "The Bluegrass Guitar Style of Charles Sawtelle" with Charles Sawtelle, "Flatpicking the Blues" with Brad Davis, "The Guitar Player's Guide to Developing Speed, Accuracy and Tone" with Brad Davis, and the Eight Volume flatpicking course "Flatpicking Essentials" with Tim May. Dan Miller and Tim May have also produced three instructional DVDs for guitar players: "Improving Speed, Accuracy, and Tone," "Creating Solos," and "An Approach to Improvisation." Tim May and Dan Miller also have been performing in a trio with their good friend Brad Davis (Davis Miller May) since 2005 and have been performing together as a duo since 2007.
Kacey Cubero is a talented vocal coach and instructor from Ventura, California. She writes a column for developing the singing voice for Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and is a very successful, award winning singer and songwriter. Kacey Cubero plays a unique brand of Americana, incorporating elements of roots, rock, and country, all with a soulful edginess. Twice named "Indie Artist of the Year" by Singer Magazine, Kacey is also a prolific songwriter. Haunting and thought-provoking, Kacey’s voice and songwriting have been likened to Shelby Lynne, Bonnie Raitt, Nora Jones, and Lucinda Williams. The range and versatility of her music is evidenced by her winning the MAVRIC Independent Music Award in 2009 for "Best Folk Song" for Feather in the Wind, and for being named 2006 "Artist of the Year" by the Santa Barbara Blues Society—the oldest blues society in the U.S.—and representing them in the International Blues Competition in Memphis.
Brad Davis has toured extensively with Marty Stuart, Sam Bush, Earl Scruggs, John Jorgenson, and Billy Bob Thornton. He has also worked with Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, David Lee Roth, Emmy Lou Harris, Pam Tillis, Dwight Yokam, Tommy Shaw, Travis Tritt, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Steve Earl, just to name a few, and appeared on Leno, Conan, The View, Good Morning America, Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel. He also won a Grammy Award for his guitar work on Warren Zevon's last record, The Wind. Davis is a full time member of Billy Bob Thornton's band The Boxmasters and signed to Universal Records and the William Morris Agency. He is also co-writer and co-producer of The Boxmaster Band project as well. Currently to his recording and production credit: Sam Bush - King of my World, The Sweet Hearts of the Rodeo - Beautiful Lies, Johnny Cash tribute album - "Kindred Spirits," the new Tommy Shaw solo record "Great Divide," Van Halen - "Strumming With The Devil," Billy Bob Thornton's Universal record "Beautiful Door," five Boxmasters Records featuring Billy Bob Thornton and the new Universal Boxmaster Record "Providence." Several Marty Stuart releases. Plus, three critically acclaimed solo recordings. Film scores include - "Waking up in Reno," "Daddy and Them," "Willie Nelson - King of Luck life story movie," Steven Stegal's movie "Fire Down Below," Billy Bob Thornton's upcoming release "Jane Mansfield's Car."