Hellman Spring Stomp
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
The mighty, magnificent, wild and wooly Go To Hell Man Band features the children, grandchildren, friends and band mates of the late, great Warren Hellman, founder of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival. The band was formed so that his family could carry forward their own expression of roots and Americana music, which Warren so loved and worked so hard to bring to larger audiences. There are now 5 separate Hellman combos, most of whom will be performing at this semi-annual Hellman Stomp. This promises to be a fine and fun evening of music and surprises, including special guests, The Quitters.
So why not Spring Into Spring with the Go To Hellman Band!!
The Quitters trio consists of a right-side up finger picker (Stevie Coyle), an upside-down flat picker (Glenn "Houston" Pomianek), and an upright bassist (Chris Kee). They were the three original members of The Waybacks quintet, and Chris Kee and Glenn Houston were the long-time bassist and lead guitarist for Houston Jones.
Glenn Houston's guitarist influences range from Michael Bloomfield to Doc Watson, as shows in his mastery of both the acoustic and electric guitar. Glenn has been voted Best Guitarist by the Northern California Bluegrass Society and has shared billing with Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, Earl Scruggs, Doc and Merle Watson, Willie Nelson and countless other famous artists. He co-founded the Waybacks in 1999 with Stevie Coyle and Chojo Jacques, and was co-founder of the powerhouse Americana band, Houston Jones.
Stevie Coyle was inspired to take up finger-picking guitar by the first Hot Tuna album. After degrees in Theatre and Theology, he hit the road with The Royal Lichtenstein Circus, doing comedy, magic, wire-walking, sword-swallowing, and juggling. Since then he has released a solo CD and opened his own high-end acoustic guitar shop, Mighty Fine Guitars, in Lafayette, CA. In addition to his stellar musical career, Stevie also claims fame as an actor and comedian, including appearances on Cheers and The Comedy Store.
Chris Kee is a classically trained cellist who studied ethnomusicology at Yale. Much in demand as a hired gun, he has performed with Buddy Miller (including appearances with Buddy, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, and Shawn Colvin), Jim Lauderdale, Norah Jones, Jim Campilongo, the late lamented Ralph Carney, and crypto- Klezmer sorceress Michelle Alany, among many others.