Duane Estep has been playing and singing bluegrass music for nearly all of his life. In his early years, he played music with his family, friends, and in church. Listening and learning from albums of the Osborne Bros., J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Tony Rice, and Jimmy Martin was a favorite pass time. While still in school, Duane was a founding member of the original Livingston County Grass. Later, he was a member of the Detroit Bluegrass Band with Dale Estep, Dana Cupp Jr., and John Coffey. Soon after, he was a member of the Metro Grass with Ted and Danny Blankenship, along with guitar player Kevin Thompson. Years later, he joined long-time friends Jeff Tuttle, Richard Ball, and Michael Ashcraft in the gospel-bluegrass band Jericho Road. Through the years he has filled-in and/or jammed with just about every bluegrass musician in Michigan and the surrounding states.
Duane is married to Renay. They have two sons Kyle and Brent. Kyle is also a member of 40 Years Late. Duane has always and will always love bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music, which is in his blood. He is an avid hunter, enjoys collecting instruments, guns, loves four-wheeling, and golf.