Our Story

Dreamcatcher was formed in early summer of 2015 by Troy Boone and Aaron Foster. Upon the release of Troy's debut CD "First Impressions," Troy and Aaron decided to create a project that fulfilled their musical desires. Hence, Dreamcatcher was born. 

After about two years of touring and playing shows from Florida to Vermont, Troy Boone accepted the position with bluegrass super group "Sideline" which has passed over the reins of Dreamcatcher to Aaron Foster.

Dreamcatcher is currently booking shows and have a desire to play as much as possible. It is no rarity to catch them playing at restaurants and breweries in their hometown of Johnson City, TN, as well as festivals across the eastern United States. 

Band Members

Aaron "Frosty" Foster  

Aaron “Frosty” Foster, a 24-year-old currently studying Bluegrass, Old Time, & Country Music at East Tennessee State University, is set to release his debut album, Opening Doors.  

Foster has always been interested in bluegrass music. He spent much of his youth traveling to and from bluegrass festivals in New England, and was only ten years old when he asked for a guitar for Christmas. His grandparents, George and Etta Crawford, helped make sure his wish came true by asking their friend Eric Gibson (of current bluegrass supergroup The Gibson Brothers) to help. A trip to Gibson’s former place of work, Dick’s Country Store and Music Oasis in Churubusco, New York, ended with the purchase of an Alvarez guitar.  

Like many bluegrassers, Foster’s first music lessons were from his father, and he was soon participating in the music scene in New England. After graduating high school in 2010 he found his way to ETSU to study Business Management. After enrolling in a few bluegrass courses (which he intended to be electives), Foster became increasingly involved in the playing and jamming on campus and in the local area. He ultimately decided to focus on his music full time, and changed his major to Bluegrass, Old Time, & Country Music Studies.  

Originally from Wells Bridge, New York, Foster expects to graduate in the Fall of 2017. He was recently chosen for the guitar spot in the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band, and will perform with the group during the 2016-17 school year. He is currently earning a living by teaching music lessons and performing with the band Dreamcatcher and expects to remain in East Tennessee following graduation to pursue a career in bluegrass music.  

Foster has a long list of top notch performers accompanying him on the record, including Eric and Leigh Gibson of the Gibson Brothers, 2015 Grand Master Fiddler Champion Aynsley Porchak, former bass player for The Roys Jaime Carter, guitarist Wyatt Rice, as well as ETSU instructors and award-winning musicians Brandon Green and Adam Steffey. “It was an honor to have such heroes and long time friends appear on my debut album,” Foster says. “I’m truly grateful.”  
The lead single is currently available through several online retailers, including iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay and CDBaby. It is also available through Airplay Direct for radio broadcasters. The album release date is set for January 20th, 2017

Jordan Roberson  

Jordan Roberson was born in Greensboro, NC but was raised in Stoneville, NC. Since the age of 14, he has been playing music. At the young age of 16, Jordan joined his first bluegrass band, Dusty Ridge. Shortly after high school graduation, Jordan started his first country band, Too Far Gone. After about 4 years of touring he then joined a southern rock band, Darkwater Redemption. Bluegrass music has always been a part of Jordan's life. He is a past winner of both the Galax and Sparta Fiddlers' Conventions and has placed in several others. Now at the age of 25, Jordan has returned to bluegrass and has taken the dobro spot for Dreamcatcher!

Max Etling  

Max Etling is from Plymouth, Minnesota. At age nine, he started playing guitar. Throughout high school, he played guitar in rock bands and a bluegrass band. Max arrived at East Tennessee State University in 2014 as a guitar student. He began playing more and more upright bass in jams as the year went on. By the second semester, bass was his primary instrument. He says that there are more opportunities that come up for him as a bass player than as a guitar player, so he is enjoying playing the bass quite a bit. Max sings lead and harmony vocals in Dreamcatcher.

Colin Ray 

Colin Ray is from Lincolnton, North Carolina. He began playing music at the age of six when he got his first guitar as a Christmas present. At the age of ten he made the switch to banjo under the instruction of Darin Aldridge. He began playing mandolin recently at the age of twenty. At twelve years old, he and other young musicians from the Lincolnton/Cherryville were part of Catawba Valley Music Revival’s “Catawba Valley Music Revival Youth Band” that was instructed by Darin Aldridge. He provided mandolin and vocals for the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Pride Band and is now the newest singer and mandolin player for Dreamcatcher!

Eli Gilbert 

Eli Gilbert is a native of North Yarmouth, Maine. After seeing J.D. Crowe and the New South at a local Bluegrass festival Eli decided to pick up the banjo and eventually moved to Johnson City, Tennessee to study Bluegrass at ETSU. There he had the chance to perform as a  member of Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome and the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band. Most importantly, he met and befriended the musicians who would eventually become Dreamcatcher.

Eli also has a weekly banjo video series that can be found at www.eligilbert.com!