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10/02/19 Crying Time

Country singing from Oakland standouts. Real musicians, not just stompers. Jill Rogers is an amazing singer. Just plain beautiful.  – KALX Radio

Honkytonk revisionists out of Oakland, Crying Time plays straight-up country and western music, from Bob Wills to Glen Campbell with whistle stops in between. Their originals sit pretty in the mix – they’re songs you’ll think you heard on your daddy’s stereo when you were little. Jill Rogers is a singer’s singer with a 1974 voice and a story to tell, and Myles Boisen is a hero of juke joint licks on the six string and lap steel guitar. Bay Area music scene veteran Tony Marcus’s fiddle weaves through the songs while Tim Rowe on drums and Smilin’ Pete Garellick on bass hold down the rhythm with grace, style, and swing. 

Jill Rogers delivers convincing, full-throated, but not faux-hillbilly, lead vocals…(a) great spin on the no-nonsense country of Bakersfield and pre-pop Nashville…Crying Time begs for a dance floor to accommodate your happy feet and a beer to catch your tears. – Derk Richardson (Oakland Magazine/ KPFA) 

[Rogers] has that Iris DeMent quality to her voice that I love so much. – Ann Powers (NPR) 

10/09/19 The Bitter Diamonds

The Bitter Diamonds were born when Charles Verlin finished a thermos of day old coffee in the parking lot of the Say When Casino in McDermitt, NV. Having lost the entirety of cash from his wallet, as well as the better part of the change in his ashtray, he pulled his truck onto the blacktop in search of a liquor store that would cash a payroll check.

10/16/19 John Paul Hodge

The resurgent popularity of ‘outlaw’ music in the west is impossible to ignore if you are a country music enthusiast. In John Paul Hodge you will find an authentic modern day outlaw singer-songwriter. John Paul is an independent artist, traveling musician, rambling performer and storyteller echoing his soulful and powerful voice across the western United States. Among his most popular songs are stories about smooches and salmon, outlaws and arsonists, and barroom brawls. 

John Paul is currently promoting his second album titled “Outlaw Bits”, which contains an impressive 14 original storytelling songs in tribute style depicting the sounds of legendary outlaws of decades gone by. Once you hear his music, it becomes clear that John Paul Hodge stands out as one of the most unique and powerful storytelling singer-songwriters of his time. 

To put it simply, John Paul likes to write outlaw songs that have many meanings and interpretations, and resonate with all sorts of different folks from here and there. John Paul Hodge’s songs can be enjoyed in person or online at johnpaulhodge.com.

10/23/19 The Cash Prophets

The Cash Prophets are a true to life Johnny Cash Tribute band from Folsom, CA.

Honoring the unique Johnny Cash sound, the Cash Prophets consists of Bobby Dickson-Lead Vocals & Rhythm guitar, his son Bob Dickson Jr-Lead guitar and Chuck Humphreys-Upright Bass..

Guests Drummer BB McKay, Guest Upright Bass player Daniel Enriquez.

Centering on The Man in Black and singing songs that began at Sun Records in 1954, all the way through his 50+ year career. We also pay our respects to many other country music legends, from Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Paycheck to Merle Haggard and Townes VanZant. All in the style and spirit of Cash himself.

10/30/19 Buck Nickels and Loose Change

Singer, songwriter and lead guitarist, Buck Nickels, learned his cowboy ways at the family ranch in Sonoma, California’s Valley of the Moon. He learned to drive in a red, 1955 Ford truck and by the time he was old enough to get his license, he was in the driver’s seat of a 1969 Peterbuilt hauling grain for the family cattle-feed business. Western saddles and blue-ribbon rodeo riding were his whole world – until that fateful day. While driving his grandpa’s 1930s sixteen-cylinder Cadillac across the ranch, Buck heard Bob Wills on the radio and he knew he was destined to be a country star. He found an old Martin at the local pawn shop, learned a few tunes and by the time he bought his Telecaster, he was writing his own songs and serenading the local cowgirls. Vineyards have replaced the golden grass and oaks of the valley but barbed-wire fences protect the cattle and horses that still roam the ranch. At the end of a long day, Buck leaves his boots and hat by the door, pours himself a glass of private reserve and picks up that old Martin.

On pedal steel and vocals, Larry “Loose Change” Cragg changes gears as easily as his name implies. By day, a respected guitar repairman and owner of Vintage Instrument Rental, as the sun sinks below the horizon, he dons a black Stetson, slips on finger picks and sits down at his trusty pedal steel. From the instruments of his youth – piano and oboe – until today, music has been his life. At the age of 15, intrigued with stringed instruments, he learned to play bluegrass banjo, guitar and bass. He began working on his own instruments because of his need to have them play in tune. Not long after his 1967 move from Chicago to the Bay Area, his skills landed him a job as the guitar repairman at Prune Music, in Mill Valley, where he found himself working for Carlos Santana, Mike Bloomfield, Grateful Dead, Quick Silver, Jefferson Airplane and other bands of that era – including Neil Young. During his 37 years touring the rock-and-roll circuit as Neil Young’s guitar tech, Larry had the opportunity to play a variety of instruments in bands with Neil Young, Nils Lofgren, Clarence Clemons and Booker T – as well as many local bands when not on tour. Of all the instruments he has played on stage and in the studio – guitar, banjo, dobro, saxophone, keyboard, bass and harmonica, to name a few – the pedal steel is by far his favorite.

Bass player “Rawhide Ross” Perry brings versatility and experience to Buck Nickels and Loose Change. A veteran multi-instrumentalist (bass, guitar, ukulele and drums) “Rawhide” is no stranger to the Marin music scene. He is currently playing bass with Marin Rockers Learning Curve. Ross is the great, great, great grandson of James Ross, founder of the Town of Ross and co-owner of Sunnyside Nursery in San Anselmo.

Drummer CC “Colorado” Dawson grew up in the Colorado Rockies, spent some time in Texas, and joined his father on several rattlesnake roundups. He studied Music at Western State College, traveled and recorded extensively with his own bands Darkstar, and the Dawson-Tate Band through the 80s and 90s.

He has spent the past 20 years playing locally with numerous combinations of the great musicians in the S.F. Bay Area; David Gans, the Rowan Brothers, Cole Tate, Lynn Asher and others too numerous to mention!