Woodland West was started in early 2014, when founding member Chuck Dunklin set out to meet other like-minded musicians with a penchant for rootsy acoustic music. Chuck grew up playing music around New Orleans. Influenced by everything from bluegrass to jazz, he played with many local groups before moving to Romania and immersing himself in learning the mandolin. Chuck later met Luke Yanz while living in Seattle. Hailing from Chicago’s south side, Luke grew up playing guitar in different rock bands throughout high school. He then turned to the keyboards, playing in various jazz and post-rock bands. While studying music at Northern Arizona University Luke fell in love with acoustic music, teaching himself to play the banjo and mandolin. After bonding over such shared influences as Bela Fleck and David Grisman, Chuck and Luke began playing music together and immediately clicked.