Windy Hill, Black Crown Stringband, Savannah Blue

  • July 10, 2019
  • By Admin: sfbluegrass
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Windy Hill is an energetic band that shows sincere enthusiasm for traditional bluegrass music. Rarely does one find such a group of talented young musicians that genuinely capture the essence and the true grit of bluegrass. Ryan Breen (banjo) and Henry Warde (mandolin) formed Windy Hill in Fort Collins, CO in the fall of 2008, where they began learning and leaning towards bluegrass’ traditional side. Ryan and Henry have since moved home to their California roots in the San Francisco Bay Area, acquiring another long-time friend – Kyle McCabe (bass) — upon their return and eventually reforming Windy Hill. Yoseff Tucker (guitar) joined Windy Hill in May of 2010. The boys had been looking for the right guitar player for the “hoss unit”, and after meeting Yoseff and playing with him for the first time, they all knew he was a perfect fit. Finally, Ella Naiman (fiddle) completed the Windy Hill puzzle in July of 2010, adding the missing element and contributing to the band’s hard-driving sound. Immediately evident at Windy Hill’s performances is their excitement for bluegrass music and the fun that they have with it; the band coined a popular phrase within the California bluegrass scene that truly expresses the band’s nature: “Hammer Down and Keep It Nailed.”

Black Crown Stringband is the latest supergroup to emerge from the fertile San Francisco Bay-Area bluegrass and old-timey scene. Bringing together founding members of the Earl Brothers and the Mercury Dimes, the band first appeared at the 2008 Berkeley Old-Time Convention Stringband Contest where their hard-driving sound earned them first prize. Black Crown combine the best elements of old-time stringband music and Bill Monroe’s ‘high lonesome’ sound to create a unique fusion that is at once old-school and brand new. Whether playing a festival, concert or your private event, Black Crown Stringband delivers high energy music with soul and serious skills.

Savannah Blue  Savanna Blue brings a wide variety of musical perspectives and experience together in one fine band. Individually they have played with greats like Willie Nelson, Alison Brown, Vassar Clements and have made their way in touring bands and onto the stage in bands local to the Bay Area. So together — with Gary Kaye on Banjo, Dore Coller on guitar, Dave Hanks on mandolin, Dan Large on bass, and special guest Tom Lucas on fiddle — their show is going to have the polish and kick you’d expect from some veteran pros — don’t miss ’em.