"The greatest guitarist in the world." - Eric Clapton
"Albert is in every sense of the word, a genuine guitar wizard." - Earl Scruggs
"When Saint Peter asks me to chronicle my time down here on earth, I'll be able to say -with pride if that's allowed- that for a while I played rhythm guitar in a band with Albert Lee." - Emmylou Harris
Arguably the pioneer of the “Country Rock” genre, Chris Hillman has carved a permanent niche in the history of contemporary American music through his work with such notable bands as The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, and the Desert Rose Band. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner, four-time Grammy nominee and the recipient of numerous CMA and ACM awards.
Herb Pedersen is a legendary vocalist and all-star multi-instrumentalist who over the past forty years fronted his own band, The Laurel Canyon Ramblers, and then has been a collaborator with a “Who’s Who cast of legends” including Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, The Dillards, Old and In the Way, Dan Fogelberg, Stephen Stills, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Jackson Browne, and John Denver, and the Desert Rose Band. In recent years, Chris & Herb have recorded and toured in support of several acclaimed albums of Bluegrass, Acoustic and Country selections, as well as the occasional performances with their musical mistress, the Desert Rose Band!
The Silent Comedy is a San Diego-based group of musicians mixing Americana, Folk and Rock n’ Roll into a sound that is best understood by experiencing their live show. Brothers Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman started the band to capture the feeling of the bar culture they worked in and the revival meetings they grew up attending. The outcome is an experience that has been described as “a whiskey fueled tent revival.”
The Silent Comedy took to the road immediately after their first show and have continued to build on that tradition. The brothers’ father was a preacher who sold everything the family owned to travel the world, an experience that shapes the lyrics and DIY ethic of the group. The band is made up of Joshua (bass/vocals) and Jeremiah Zimmerman (keys, vocals, guitar) together with their cousin Chad Lee (drums) and long time friend Justin Buchanan (mandolin/banjo). The band has roots in the craft beer and cocktail scene in California that have added to the rowdy reputation of their live shows. What started as a loyal base of bartenders and beer brewers has grown to a community of dedicated fans all over the world.
The Easy Leaves, songwriters Kevin Carducci and Sage Fifield, formed north of the Golden Gate in 2008 immersed in a diverse set of flailing rockers, gospel skeptics, and country outlaws. Their initial intent was to establish an old-time string band. However, this did not happen (at all). In love with just too many different musics, artists as disparate as Bob Wills and Smokey Robinson slinking into their songwriting, Kevin and Sage gave up their banjo habits cold-turkey.
The Easy Leaves’sound was born- A modern acoustic sound, its roots kept close to the chest while tirelessly sprawling out in new directions that stretch the borders of the Americana genre in exciting ways.
“Our sound is a personal distillation of American music, based on the styles we connect with and all the songs and sounds we’ve been saturated with.” The finest filters on this still are songs written with painstaking attention to detail and dynamic intricate vocal harmonies. They’re melodic, lyric-driven (catchy-as-all-hell) compositions pinned with the syncopated rhythm of two acoustic instruments, guitar and upright bass.
Southern SunDaze is a teen band, based in Monterey County. The band includes: lead guitarist Ronnie McClean, 16; bassist Mason Brandt, 16; drummer Emily Radner, 14 and acoustic guitar and vocals, Delaney Anne, 15. The group plays popular country pop, southern rock, classic country, classic rock covers, and some original songs written by Delaney Ann. They perform at festivals, private parties, and community events.
Lukas Nelson and his band P.O.T.R. (Promise of the Real) are an American rock n roll group based out of California. Lukas first picked up the guitar at age 11 to honor a promise he made to his father and was able to teach himself the craft by playing along to classic Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix songs. Now at age 24, Lukas is building his following the old fashioned way by touring year round and delivering high energy performances to fans across the country. Lukas Nelson and P.O.T.R. have performed over 400 shows in the past 3 years and have played with the likes of Neil Young, John Fogerty, Bob Weir, B.B. King, and Bob Dylan. The band has self-released 4 records and will look to put out their next full length album in 2014.
They say if you work hard enough, opportunity flies like seed on the wind. Midnight North sustain this as truth. Gigs one after another with the Mother Hips, North Mississippi Allstars and Nicki Bluhm. Setlists like a jukebox that has overflowed. A musical guest list longer than New Year’s Eve. Their debut album ‘End of the Night’ proved successful enough online and on CD that they chose to press a limited edition mixed colored vinyl record. In an age when bands seem to come and go like fireflies, Midnight North is entering their second year of holding down a weekly gig at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA where they began webcasting live and connecting with fans as far away as Japan.
Every Sunday, you are one click away from tuning in for fun nights like one in June of 2014 that had Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh standing in for an out-of-town Connor. This is a band that is as happy logging highway miles as it is keeping the home fires warm.
Midnight North celebrated their second birthday by welcoming new member Alex Jordan. Alex, equally able on guitar and organ, joins Grahame Lesh and Elliott Peck in three part harmonies that are as comfortable as an old pair of jeans. Rhythm section mates, bassist Connor O’Sullivan and drummer Eric Saar can settle in and make themselves at home in any groove from a stomp to a slow-burn or boogie. For this band, it’s all about the song. Never one to sit still, Midnight North has been hard at work recording a second studio album.
Lauren Shera’s DigSin debut Gold and Rust marks the distinguished national bow of a literally prodigious singer-songwriter who, having spent half of her young life as a professional musician, is now destined to capture the national spotlight.
The Nashville-based singer-songwriter’s album – her third, following two independently released titles – is Shera’s musical farewell to her home state of California.
“Somebody once described my music as ‘California folk,’ and I feel that’s very accurate,” Shera says. “I’ve always been so inspired by the coast and the mountains and all of the beautiful places in California that I love so much. It was a conducive environment for what I write. A lot of the songs are inspired by various parts of California – living there, or scenery there, or people that I’ve met there. Making the record and finishing it, knowing that I was about to be leaving, inspired some of the songs as well.”The 10 original compositions on Gold and Rust – ranging from spare, meditative ballads to panoramic, elegantly produced folk-rockers — reflect the pronounced influence of another singer-songwriter whose music has become virtually synonymous with California folk, as well as a diversity of other distinctive musical voices in American folk and folk-rock.
An engaging acoustic solo artist who regularly performs in the United States and Europe. He is a regularly featured performer at The National Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering. Mike has six albums under his belt with original songs that have been recognized as some of the finest compositions on Western Americana out there.The Western Horseman magazine recently picked "The 13 Best Cowboy Songs," and included two compositions by Mike, putting him along side other writers such as Ian Tyson, Tom Russell, Lucinda Williams, and Gene Autry. His strong command of the guitar and playing reminiscent of Steven Stills, sets him apart in a way that has garnered him many request for guitar workshops at festivals. Mike is a seasoned performer — his guitar work and warm, genuine style engages audiences with his songs and stories.