Three Bean Salad was formed originally as a dance band with Mike Black on Mandolin, Dayle on Piano and the late Gary Hughes on Fiddle.
The most recent line up of Three Bean Salad with Mike Yoder on Guitar was cooked up for the 2004 MandoFest held at the historic Liberty
Hall in Lawrence, Kansas. Since then Three Bean Salad has opened up for several top name players such as Mike Marshall, John Reischman,
Don Stiernberg & Butch Baldassari. Three Bean Salad has also played for Dance Weekends and instrument workshops.

We began formulating a plan to write a few tunes  for Three Bean Salad during the 2005 Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS .  We had
constantly been scouting out new tunes to learn but felt we needed to have a few that were our own.  We had fun with our first tunes, so we set
a goal to come up with one tune a month.  Some months were surprisingly productive and others dry, but we exceeded our goal with 20 tunes
in about a year.  Plus, we were having a fabulous time creating and trying out tunes on our jamming buddies.

Mike & Dayle have won the 2007 Walnut Valley new song showcase in the Instrumental category for their tune Cowley County Breakdown,
Alternate Winner in 2008 for Dan Kessinger's and the 2009 winner for Scratch Box / Scritch & Scratch.   

We chose the name Acoustic Potluck for our second CD because of the eclectic mix of styles our tunes have.  The tunes are just like the food at
a potluck; you never really know what’s going to show up.  This collection includes reels, jigs, groove tunes, power tunes, dance sets, and
waltzes.   We’ll jam on anything: New England, old-timey, Irish, Klezmer or whatever comes up, and our tunes grew out of this musical
smorgasbord.  Many of these tunes have been successfully contra-dance road-tested: Flint Hills Ride, Digger’s Reel, Window Pain, Biscuits &
Gravy, Old Dog, Paddy On the Kaw, Second Shift, Problem Solved, Boiled Okra, and Field Assignment, while others are just for jamming or
zoning out.  Guitar players tend to enjoy and fear our tunes because they are challenging as well as fun.  As one of our friends put it “these
tunes make the guitar part of the music, rhythmically as opposed to being just back up.”
Mike Black – Mandolin:

Mike spent a lot of his early years as a heavy metal guitar player, which
accounts for his love of power tunes. Mike turned to the mandolin in
1993 after his father got one the year before. In 2004 and 2013 Mike was
named the
Kansas State Mandolin Champion. Mike plays the mandolin
he built for himself while working as an apprentice for Summit
Mandolins in 1994.  Recently Mike has started building Mandolins and
Octave Mandolins under his own name.  They can be heard on the
Reels
& Fakes album.  Check out the new page for Black Mandolins.
Dayle Dryer Black – Fiddle:

Dayle grew up singing lots of protest songs while her Dad played guitar
and family sang or whistled.  Later Dayle received a Masters Degree in
Classical Piano.  Since a real piano couldn’t easily be packed for camping
trips, she picked up the fiddle in the fall of 2003 after her first trip to
Winfield and has been rocking out since.
Mike Yoder – Guitar:  

Mike Yoder is an award winning photographer as well as songwriter.
Mike has won the song writing competition at the Walnut Valley Music
festival twice. Mike is also a long time member of the renowned Alferd
Packer Memorial String Band.  Mike is the chief photographer at the
Lawrence Journal-World newspaper.  Some of his photographs can be
seen in the books
America 24/7 and Kansas 24/7.   Mike finished his own
book of photographs for the 100th anniversary of the
Vinland Fair.  And
most recently the winner of the 2008 Phoenix award for his achievement
in photography.
Thanks for being interested in who were are!
Listen to our interview with Darrol Cox of KSVR 91.7 FM in Mount Vernon, Washington.
The Interview
Dayle Black, Mike Black & Mike Yoder