Into the Fog

Winners of the 2021 MerleFest band competition, Into The Fog is a psychedelic jamgrass band from Raleigh, North Carolina that combines timeless songwriting with progressive instrumentation and tight harmonies. The group consists of Brian Stephenson (acoustic guitar), Winston Mitchell (mandolin), Derek Lane (upright bass), and Connor Kozlosky (electric guitar), with everyone contributing on vocals. The band’s members have varied musical backgrounds that range from bluegrass to funk, which helps create Into The Fog’s genre-jumping sound. 

The band has released two studio albums and two live records, Volume One & Searchin’ For Sanctuary both showcasing their updated sound with Kozlosky. Live shows are a keystone of the Into The Fog experience, as the band expands songs to highlight their instrumental prowess and push the boundaries of the newgrass sound.  The band is set to level up in 2024, with bigger headlining shows and a new album in the works.

Into The Fog has shared the stage with the likes of Sam Bush, Keller & the Keels, Town Mountain, Daniel Donato, Jon Stickley Trio, Big Richard, and The Grass is Dead, while hitting festivals like FloydFest, Rooster Walk, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Earl Scruggs Music Fest, Charleston Bluegrass Festival, The Big What?, Front Porch Fest, as well as being Official Showcase artists at IBMA in 2023.