Nick Dumas grew up in Brier, Washington, and was introduced to bluegrass music at a very young age by his dobro-playing grandfather. He started out on fiddle and was soon playing in a family band founded by his grandfather, mother, and aunt called The Three Generations. Over the next several years he worked hard to become a well-rounded bluegrass musician; he learned to play mandolin, guitar and banjo; and to sing both lead and harmony vocals. He then co-founded two popular Northwest-based bluegrass bands - Northern Departure and North Country Bluegrass. In 2015, Nick relocated to Tennessee and became the regular mandolin player for the well-established national bluegrass band Special Consensus, which is led by longtime MBC banjo instructor Greg Cahill and also includes 2019 MBC guitar instructor Rick Faris. Nick made his "Special C" recording debut on the 2016 Compass Records band release Long I Ride; the selection “Fireball” on this CD won the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year.