THE TRESPASSERS (Yosemite)
From the foothills of Yosemite National Park, the Trespassers have been playing original, string band music together for six and a half years. The most logical way to categorize their music is Americana, but their influence stems from many genres. Bronco Ben Goger's (guitar) songwriting is gritty and gutsy, and, though they are acoustic musicians, his compositions explore rock, blues, gypsy jazz, and country. Andy Robert's (banjo) original songs are most often inspired by old-time music, but instead of an Appalachian feel, they have a Western twist. Andy also writes melodic banjo and fiddle tunes, heartwarming folk songs, and all sorts of dancehall numbers. While the two of them write almost all of the original music, BennyLee Friedrich and Sarah Cupery Ottley add spice, flavor, and flare with the double bass and fiddle. Most songs include two and three-part harmonies, since all the band members sing. Listeners: prepare yourself to dance, sing, and be inspired!
Listen here: http://www.reverbnation.com/thetrespassers
EMILY BONN & THE VIVANTS (Bay Area)
Tonight's show is the official CD release show for their brand spankin' new CD! Largely inspired by the energy of old-time dance tunes, honky-tonk country, western-swing, bluegrass, and Cajun music, The Vivants play their own brand of American roots music -- original foot stompin' tunes about riots, hollers, and hopping train cars. In former incarnations, Emily honed her songs performing in San Francisco with the Whoreshoes. She is joined by stellar players, Jody Richardson on fiddle and vocal harmonies, James Touzel on upright bass, and Isaac Bonnell on piano accordion.
Listen here: http://www.reverbnation.com/emilybonnthevivants