Initially the brainchild of Michigan folksingers K.C. Groves (now based in Lyons, CO) and Jo Serrapere, Uncle Earl were founded in 2000 after each artist had established herself as a solo artist. Work on their debut, She Went Upstairs, began shortly thereafter and little time passed before the duo added vocalist Tahmineh Gueramy to the mix, sealing the group's membership. When Sally Van Meter signed on to the project as producer and side musician, she was able to procure the talents of fiddler Laurie Lewis and mandolinist Pooh Stevenson to guest on the album, which, along with the hearty verbal support of Mollie O'Brien, gave She Went Upstairs more weight in the contemporary bluegrass community. The band self-released the album to favorable reviews in 2002.