Artist Spotlight #7 – Jazzamanders

In preparation for the upcoming Boulder Creek Bluegrass and Old Time Festival, we will be featuring interviews with the performing bands. The Festival will be held March 9 and 10 at Scopazzi’s.

1.How do you describe your music or . . .  what style of music do you play?
A wide variety, acoustic

2.Who is in the band?
Barry Tanner, George Galt, Andy Robbins and Joy Rush. All from Boulder Creek

3.When and where are you playing at the Boulder Creek Bluegrass Festival?
7:00 Friday at Scopazzi’s

4.Who are you influences?
Sir Francis Drake, Bill Walsh, (Maybe some Django too)

5.Is there a website people can visit to hear your music?
Look for the Jazzamanders on youtube

6.Name one of your crowd-favorite tunes (please):
We’ll know on Friday.

7.Anything else you’d like to say to the fine people of Boulder Creek?
After many years of doing sound for this festival,I’m stoked to play! Hope to see all my BC and Bluegrass friends there. Friday night will be a great night of music!

(note – this is not an actual picture of Jazzamanders)

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Artist Spotlight #6 – The Driftless

In preparation for the upcoming Boulder Creek Bluegrass and Old Time Festival, we will be featuring interviews with the performing bands. The Festival will be held March 9 and 10 at Scopazzi’s.

1. How do you describe your music or . . .  what style of music do you play?
We draw from country blues, folk, old time, jug band, early jazz and bluegrass music, among other genres.  Our songs feature three-part harmonies, high lonesome fiddling, and intricate mandolin solos.   A fun part of the band is that all three members are prolific songwriters, and our originals are inspired by personal experiences, such as living in beautiful California landscapes, the travels we’ve taken and the people and animals who share our lives.

2. Who is in the band?
Megan Saunders – mandolin, banjo, vocals
Blair McLaughlin – fiddle, guitar, vocals
Nicole Campbell – guitar, fiddle, vocals

3. When and where are you playing at the Boulder Creek Bluegrass Festival?
Saturday, March 10th at 7:00pm at Scopazzi’s

4. Who are you influences?
In no particular order: Nina Simone, Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin, The Carter Family, Tommy Jarrell, Lady Gaga, Bruce Molsky, Bill Monroe, The Decemberists, Tom Waits, The Blue Sky Boys, Townes Van Zandt, Gillian Welch, Ralph Stanley… honestly, the list could go on and on!

5. Is there a website people can visit to hear your music?
Please check us out at https://www.facebook.com/TheDriftless  or  http://www.reverbnation.com/thedriftless.  We are a new band and would love to hear from you!

6. Name one of your crowd-favorite tunes (please):
I will narrow it down to three:  Long Dark Highway (Saunders), Capay (McLaughlin), Oh No the Seasons (Campbell).

7. Anything else you’d like to say to the fine people of Boulder Creek?
Thanks for supporting such a great local festival.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Thanks also to the Boulder Creek Insider for putting the word out about local music.

Click Below to hear The Driftless play “Tell Me True”

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Artist Spotlight #5 – Jean Butterfield

In preparation for the upcoming Boulder Creek Bluegrass and Old Time Festival, we will be featuring interviews with the performing bands. The Festival will be held March 9 and 10 at Scopazzi’s.

1. How do you describe your music or . . .  what style of music do you play?
Acoustic Folkgrass, Inspirational storytelling Americana. I play guitar now and also the bass when I record. When I first started music I played fiddle then added bass. Much later came the guitar. Unfortunately I dropped the fiddle some years ago.

2. Who is in the band?
I currently play solo, but much of my experience has been with bands.

3. When and where are you playing at the Boulder Creek Bluegrass Festival?
I am playing at 5 pm for 30 min. (short set) on Saturday March 10, 2012 at Scopazzi’s Restaurant.

4. Who are you influences?
Folk and country style singers like Kate Wolf and Emmylou Harris, Blugrass pickers on Guitar: Doc Watson & Toni Rice, Fiddle: Byron Berline and Mark O’Conner.

5. Is there a website people can visit to hear your music?
http://www.jeanbutterfield.com. No live music yet, but have CD cover pics and list of songs to be recorded. The song I am attaching is the title to my first CD called “Brothers In Time”. It is an original like many of my songs.

6. Anything else you’d like to say to the fine people of Boulder Creek?
Come out and enjoy what this festival is bringing to your area! There is a lot of great music and some musicians have traveled a long way to be here – like myself. I am from the Yosemite area. Thank you for your support.

Click Below to hear a sample of Jean’s music!

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Artist Spotlight #4 – Faux Renwah

In preparation for the upcoming Boulder Creek Bluegrass and Old Time Festival, we will be featuring interviews with the performing bands. The Festival will be held March 9 and 10 at Scopazzi’s.

1. How do you describe your music or . . .  what style of music do you play?
We play Old Timey style, with the clawhammer banjo, fiddle and guitar, and write original music trying to emulate that style.

2. Who is in the band?
Cactus Bob Cole on fiddle, mandolin and guitar, Chris Stevenson, aka Prairie Flower playing banjo, guitar and bass fiddle.  We could have guests, Pegleg Reza playing ukulele and guitar and Muddy Barnes on guitar.

3. When and where are you playing at the Boulder Creek Bluegrass Festival?
Friday evening starting at 8 pm.

4. Who are you influences?
All the Old Timey bands from the 1920s and ’30s, especially Uncle Dave Macon.

5. Is there a website people can visit to hear your music?
Renwah.com is our web site, with some music there, and on Myspace under Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower or Faux Renwah.  Facebook is TooLoose Renwah.

6. Name one of your crowd-favorite tunes (please):
The Dead Horse Trampoline is our most requested song, also Einstein the Genius and Worthy of Estimation by Uncle Dave Macon.

7. Anything else you’d like to say to the fine people of Boulder Creek?
If you’re ready to party come on down!

 

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Artist Spotlight #2 – The Down Beets

In preparation for the Boulder Creek Bluegrass and Old Time Festival, we will be featuring interviews with the performing bands. The Festival will be held March 9 and 10 at Scopazzi’s.

1. How do you describe your music or . . .  what style of music do you play?
We are a bluegrassish band that has a hint of country and new grass… sometimes rowdy, sometimes soft- but dynamic and unique.

2. Who is in the band?
Jeremy on mandolin and Jason Lampel on  banjo ( both formerly of Strungover), Sheila Golden on guitar, and Mike Luke on bass (who will not be at teh festival, Shea McKusick of the Harmony Grits will be filling in).

3. When and where are you playing at the Boulder Creek Bluegrass Festival?
Saturday night at 9pm

4. Who are you influences?
Martha Scanlan, The Reeltime Travelers, Gillian Welch, John Reischman and the Jaybirds,  Bill Monroe

5. Is there a website people can visit to hear your music?
http://www.thedownbeets.com or http://www.cdbaby.com/thedownbeets

6. Name one of your crowd-favorite tunes (please):
Will I Still Like You When I’m Sober (by Sheila Golden)

7. Anything else you’d like to say to the fine people of Boulder Creek?
Sheila, the lead singer in the band, lived in Boulder Creek for six years…. so she is semi-local!

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Artist Spotlight – The Juncos

In preparation for the Boulder Creek Bluegrass and Old Time Festival, we will be featuring interviews with the performing bands. The Festival will be held March 9 and 10 at Scopazzi’s.

1. How do you describe your music or . . . what style of music do you play?
American Roots Music -old-time/bluegrass/jug-band/folk/country/honky-tonk/etc

2. Who is in the band?
Joshua Lowe – lead vocals/banjo/guitar
Jeff Kissell – double bass/vocals
Alex Jones – mandolin/banjo/guitar/washboard/vocals
Blair McLaughlin- fiddle/vocals

3. When are you playing at the Boulder Creek Bluegrass Festival?
Saturday at 4pm

4. Who are you influences?
Hank Williams to The Pogues

5. Is there a website people can visit to hear your music?
http://www.theJuncos.com

6. Name one of your crowd-favorite tunes:
Yesterday’s Rain (written by Joshua Lowe)

7. Anything else you’d like to say to the fine people of Boulder Creek?
See you Soon!

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