Get to know the CBSB

The Crystal Beach String Band (CBSB) was formed in 2007 by James Rhodes, Sharon Naumann and Gregg Dobbins. The goal was just to play some music and have fun. We're still playing and having fun.

Since that simple beginning the CBSB has gone on to perform at:

  • The Florida Folk Festival
  • The Will Mclean Folk Festival
  • The Palm Harbor Citrus Festival
  • The Gamble Rogers Folk Festival
  • Live Music Show Case on WMNF
  • Highland Lakes Music Series
  • And other local clubs and events
Jamming at Crystal Beach 2006
The Crystal Beach String Band The Crystal Beach String Band is a celebration of friendships through music. Their unique blend of instruments, personalities and music selections are just enough of the same, to make you feel very comfortable and just enough different, to keep you hanging on, and sometimes for dear life. There’s a nice mix of folk, old time, gospel and originals. Some songs are one’s you’ll want to sing along to, and some are more obscure. One thing you can count on is that they always have as much fun as their audience does.

James Rhodes: Guitars and Vocals.

A long time singer, songwriter & performer Jim was born in Santa Barbara, CA and moved to Lake Tahoe and performed with acclaimed “Cedro Willie Band”. In Tahoe, Jim has shared the stage with “Asleep at the Wheel" and "The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band."

After moving to Florida he formed the band “Rhodeside” and as the lead singer has performed at such notable places as: Ruth Eckerd Hall, Janus Landing, and Raymond James stadium. They have opened for Willie Nelson, The Allmand Brothers, Alice Cooper, Jethro Tull, Bozz Skaggs , the Little River Band to name a few.

James Rhodes

Sharon Naumann: Autoharp and Vocals.

Sharon started singing harmony when she, her mother and sister sang 3 part harmonies on the radio, and for clubs and organization gatherings. Sharon’s first solo was in church at the age of 3. And her gift is always being able to find the 3rd harmony part.

Sharon plays the autoharp and fell in love with old time & gospel music after spending time in the West Virginia mountains & attending Augusta Music School in Elkins W. V. She also played in other band groups, The Circle of Friends, Yum Yum, Knapp’s Creek and for over 20 years still plays with SouthWind.

Sharon Naumann

Greg Dobbins: Banjo and Vocals.

Greg is a relatively new performer and has become a prolific song writer. He is rooted firmly in traditional, bluegrass & gospel music. His wonderful voice leaves his audience wanting to hear more of his lead singing and original tunes. He plays a tasteful freestyle bluegrass banjo style that adds to and rounds out the Crystal Beach String Band. His landmark song "Cast Down" is a favorite that is usually the opening song of the Crystal Beach String Band's 1st set and it sets the tone for the balance of the performance.

Gregg Dobbins

Jim Allen : Guitars, Ukele and Vocals

Chicago native now living in St. Pete, grew up playing acoustic folk rock, jazz and classic rock music…from the British Invasion and "hippie rock" to the California singer/songwriter music. This makes his joining the Crystal Beach String Band a natural decision. With reviews that refer to him as an "all-around entertainer and personality", Big Jim is best known as a fingerstyle guitarist, versatile ukulele/banjolele player and singer/songwriter
In 2013, Big Jim stepped away from bar entertainment, and is now primarily an event entertainer placing him in front of audiences at folk & ukulele festivals, chamber & civic events, street fairs & markets, and private corporate functions. In November, 2013, Big Jim Allen was approved to be a part of the government's "People to People" cultural exchange program, and took part in a cultural exchange in Cuba. He is looking forward to incorporating the ukulele into traditional Cuban music. Jims Website:

Big Jim Allen

Steve Boisen: Bass, Double Bass and Vocals

One of the busiest bass players in the Tampa Bay area conveniently lives in Tarpon Springs. Steve Boisen on upright bass is the glue that joins us together. An accomplished songwriter and nationally known ukulele clinician, Steve's brings a wonderful personality and dry humor, along with decades of jazz, pop, swing and classical training. Check out Steve Boisen on FB

Steve Boisen
The CBSB also performs on occasion with following additional exceptional performers. Don Cox, Bass, Bob Strickland Double bass with Stolen Idols, Double Bass, And a special thanks to Rebbeca Zapen who stole the show at our Sunset Beach Concert Series.