The North Carolina-based Bucket Brothers—Logan and Casey Valleroy—have captivated audiences since 2012 with their sophisticated arrangements, seamless improvisation, and beyond-their-years mastery of jazz. Fans enthuse over their musicianship, composure, and stage presence. Both brothers display a depth of musical understanding and an ability to listen to one another that is rare at such a young age. The hard-working Bucket Brothers average about 30 performances a year.
In early 2017, the Bucket Brothers were featured on the Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, sharing the stage with Livingston Taylor and Rebecca Loebe. Woodsongs airs on over 500 radio stations worldwide and on PBS stations in millions of homes across America. The brothers capped 2016 with a Christmas Day appearance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, joining jazz luminaries Chuck and Robert Redd and other leading jazz artists at the annual All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam. Other notable appearances included the LEAF Festival in Black Mountain, NC, the OcraFolk Festival on Ocracoke Island, the Rooster Walk Festival, and the Pocahontas County Opera House in Marlinton, WV.
In May, 2016, the brothers released their debut album (Our State), featuring originals and jazz standards.
In 2016, Logan was featured in Strings magazine as a rising star on violin. He has played violin since the age of 7, winning scholarships and accolades along the way. Logan is also a highly accomplished swing and jazz guitarist, and enjoys playing the mandolin and electric bass. Logan has participated in programs at Berklee College of Music, the Creative Strings Workshop, and others. Violin mentors include Gabriel Pelli, Jason Anick, and Christian Howes, who describes Logan as a "standout" in terms of versatility and improvisation.
Casey began playing piano when he was 5. He currently studies with critically acclaimed UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Stephen Anderson. Jazz piano mentor Robert Griffin proudly says, "In my 40 years of teaching, I've never had a student of Casey's exceptional talent." Others describe "Casey's creative approach and joy for the musical experience" as "contagious to those around him." Casey also has enjoyed studying with Robert Redd, pianist for the Duke Ellington Orchestra. In addition to piano, Casey studies jazz drumming with Russell Lacy.
In 2013, North Carolina’s acclaimed Our State magazine profiled the two brothers when they were just 13 and 10. They also have appeared (2014 and 2016) on WUNC public radio’s “The State of Things.”
What People Are Saying
"These boys are off-the-charts talented!"
"The Bucket Brothers concert here was wonderful, and we are still hearing compliments about it. We'd be delighted to host them again any time!"
-Melinda Rice, Jesup Memorial Library
"Logan plays swing fiddle like nobody's business."
-Andrew Finn Magill
"The boys are incredibly talented. They have such a mature swing feel for being so young."
-Stephen Anderson, Professor in Jazz Studies and Composition at UNC-Chapel Hill
"Their new originals have shades of Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk. Wow!"
-Georgann Eubanks, Documentary Producer and Writer
"I thoroughly enjoyed the Bucket Brothers! Just deep heart invigoration to see them react to each other and hear their gifts."
-Cynthia Jones, MS, LPC
"These guys were amazing when we heard them prior to a Paperhand Puppet Intervention performance. We walked into the Forest Theater and I heard this great live jazz. I looked to the stage and saw these two (the younger brother running his hands all over the keyboard was just 11 years old). I stared for quite a while, speechless, looking to make sure I was seeing and hearing this right."
-Steve Emery, artist and illustrator of In the Tree Top: A New Lullaby
"I have been steadfast in my admiration since the first day I saw the Bucket Brothers perform at the farmer's market several years ago. I know that they're going to 'make it,' and I will be happy to be heard to say, 'I knew them when....'"
-Ann Kaiyala, Director of Personnel and Special Services, Woods Charter School
"Certain students are special and become a real pleasure to watch as they grow and embark on their own projects. Logan is certainly one of those for me!"