Bands for Hire ~ Country

Craig Rayburn

Country
www.craigrayburn.com

CRAIG RAYBURN, SINGER-SONGWRITER

“Craig and his songs are woven from the rich fabric of the West. An incredible mosaic of cowboy, California folk and 60’s rock in a unique debut album. Like the Coyote in his song, Craig boldly sits at the edge of the city lights and comments on life in the West then slips back into the desert canyons before dawn.”



Americana singer songwriter Craig Rayburn is a well seasoned musician, having played guitar and written songs for over three decades. His rough-hewn folk-rock style has garnered much local attention and airplay on radio stations in Central California. Three of his songs have been featured heavily on well known KPIG (107.5) radio. Rayburn’s long musical career has served him well in the formation of his unique and varied style. Whether one calls him an Americana artist, a rocker or simply a singer-songwriter, all would be true. His rich voice will captivate you with his songs of love, longing, loss and life. The depth of his voice and the breath of human emotion covered are far-ranging. Rayburn’s powerful vocals strike right at your heart and compel your attention

Based in Santa Cruz, he and his band played nearly every musical venue in Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay in the 80’s and 90’s, making it on to a record Kevin Kraft produced, “The Best of the Monterey Bay”. The band continued through various name and personnel changes over the years, including several tours of the Western half of the United States playing in bars, clubs, and whatever else they could wrangle.

Thereafter, Craig went back to college to pursue his degree, putting music on a slow burner. However, during this time, Craig continued to perform locally with his band “The Benders” and with other well-known musicians such as Keith Greeninger. Recently, being heavily urged on by friends and fans, Craig decided to begin work on his first solo album.

This record showcases Rayburn’s diversity, including folk-rock, rock, alternative country, ballads and Americana. Joining him on this collaboration is Jim Norris (Lacy J. Dalton, Larry Hosford) with amazing “right on” drumming, Paul Olguin (Mazzy Star, Maria Muldaur) with his driving bass, the rich harmonies of Keith Greeninger (Wind River Crossing, Glorious Peasant) and Tamala Brown (Stanley Jordan), multi-instrumentalist Dayan Kai, S.F. pianist extraordinaire John R. Burr (Robin Ford, Alison Brown), former Wayback fiddling pro Chojo Jacques, hot licks by L.A. guitarist Randy Mitchell (Warren Zevon, Billy Bob Thorton), lush organ by Gianni Staino and some stellar dobro and slide leads by brother Keith Rayburn.

Recently, Craig has been playing in the Rayburn Brothers Band with his brother Keith Rayburn. Keith is also a talented songwriter and singer and plays slide guitar and dobro with finesse and grace. This local band features many talented musicians such as Jimmy Norris on drums, Sharon Allen on vocals, Nick Heinz on guitar, Dick Tacklind on bass, Kevin Taylor on keyboards and Eliza James on harmony vocals.

They have built up a local audience and in January, along with Keith Greeninger, filled the grange hall in Aromas with over 250 people. Other venues they have played in recently are Don Quixote’s and the Felton Festival. Their audience includes many of the same fans as Keith Greeninger, Sherry Austin and Sharon Allen and all those who like rocking Americana.

Their songs can be heard on www.craigrayburn.com.

Mike Beck

Country
http://mikebeck.com


A local favorite and an occasional appearance at our open mic - he’s a fantastic singer/songwriter that everybody loves and will be performing solo on Friday 9/3. Bring your friends to enjoy this great local band. Mike Beck and The Bohemian Saints is an irresistible old fashioned guitar band, comprised of respected guitarist and songwriter, Mike Beck, and San Francisco Bay Area guitarist, Tom Ayres, backed up on bass by Marty Lydon, and on drums by Paul Montgomery. The band has played together since 2002, and no matter where the band performs, their large loyal fan base follows. Mike has also performed in numerous solo acoustic shows over the years, and he always provides an outstanding show. Two of his songs were listed in the “13 Best Cowboy Songs of All Time” in the April, 2009 issue of Western Horseman (“In Old California” and “Don’t Tell Me.”)

The California Cowboys

Country
http://www.californiacowboys.com

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This band made a country girl out of me. There I was on the dance floor doing the electric slide - 2 stepping` - it was irresistible. -come and help the community by your attendance alone. Mike Beck will open the show and these fellas will get you boot scooting` too!

Sharon Allen & Her Dusty Boots

Country
www.sharon-allen.com

photo by Sharon Allen & Her Dusty Boots Country Music
Sharon Allen loves to sing. And people love to hear her song. She possesses a beautiful, unaffected voice that is gentle and sweet on the ear. So why did it take 20 years for her to release her debut solo album, "Along The Way"? Maybe because time reveals the singers’ song, and some voices are discovered, along the way, through a life fully-lived.





Sharon’s musical path started in Maryland, amongst a family of fireside musicians. The calling was in her blood, and she found her way, dancing, singing, clogging and picking to California, where, for many years, she fronted a blues rock band with then-husband Allen Frank and The Firebirds. Working with B.B. King, Etta James, Robben Ford, Elvin Bishop, and Lonnie Mack only honed Sharon’s musical chops.





Ten years ago Allen found her writer’s voice and an ongoing collaboration with the Sherry Austin band gave her a renewed appreciation of acoustic music. She found her natural home in the folk music family of California’s central coast.





Sharon Allen is a beautiful, gentle woman with an unassuming way and a passion for music that rings true. Her new album, "Along The Way", captures this essence with her heartfelt vocals backed by a swinging band including Jimmy Norris (producer) and Sherry Austin with guest appearances from Bob Brozman and Mary McCaslin.





"Sharon Allen is way up high in the list of sweet voiced singers. If you want to sit back and listen to some unpretentious music that is beautiful and lasting this is it." ~ Sleepy John Sandidge, KPIG Radio





On "Along The Way" Allen’s story emerges through her own songs, and she gives new voice to the great works of Townes Van Zandt "If I Needed You" (with Keith Greeninger), Eddie and Billy Joe Shaver’s "Live Forever" and Kate Wolf’s "Lay Me Down Easy".

Sherry Austin with Henhouse

Country
www.sherry-austin.com

THESE LADIES ARE INCREDIBLE! Oh I’m so excited that they are returning - I got such a kick out of them when they performed here before. Be sure to tell your friends about this show: Henhouse is “Clucking good music" - With three of the most popular Americana vocalists in the Monterey Bay area, Henhouse delights their fans with their engaging stage presence, upbeat songs, and great harmonies. The band is fronted by Sherry Austin on Rhythm guitar and vocals, Sharon Allen on vocals and guitar, Tracy Parker on bass and vocals, and Santa Cruz legend, Patti Maxine on lap steel and dobro. Their music covers the range from sweet love songs to gritty, rockin’ songs about cars, trains, and love gone wrong. They sing with authority and passion, their distinctive blend of folk, country and rock, is filled with warmth and conviction.

The band performs original songs written by Sherry and Sharon Allen, as well as much loved covers by Americana artists, such as Kate Wolf, Townes Van Zandt, and Nanci Griffith.

Sharon Allen loves to sing. And people love to hear her song. She possesses a beautiful, unaffected voice that is gentle and sweet on the ear. Well-known for her years as a blues singer with the Firebirds, Sharon shows equal passion and mastery of Americana songs that fill her solo album, Along the Way.

Bass player, Tracy Parker, is often called the KD Lang of Santa Cruz for her amazing vocal range. Her voice is well suited for the Country standards and torch songs that leaves audiences begging for more.

Lap steel virtuoso Patti Maxine is one of the hardest working musicians in Santa Cruz. A session player in constant demand, Patti plays most nights of the week. A musical Swiss army knife, Patti handles a wide variety of styles with ease, sliding gracefully form Hawaiian to swing, from R&B and rock, from blues to jazz and back again.

A musical neophyte compared to the rest of the group, Sherry’s been making up for lost time. Putting out three albums in the past ten years, and currently working on her fourth, her music has received regular airplay from KPIG and many other stations worldwide. The Sherry Austin Band has played everything from big festivals to intimate house concerts. The recently started Henhouse group, looks forward to pleasing audiences around the Monterey Bay Area and beyond.

Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band

Country
https://soundcloud.com/nellrobinsonmusic/sets/nell-robinson-jim-nunally-band


The Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band brings five genre-busting artists together to bring joyful music infused with folk, bluegrass, americana, roots, swing, jazz, and the blues. Alt-Roots, Folkbilly – whatever you call it – it’s original, well done, and a pleasure to hear. Featuring Pete Grant on pedal steel, Jim Kerwin on bass fiddle and Jon Arkin on percussion. This is truly an all-star band. The Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band have released two of their four new albums due out this year, West and East, soon to be followed by North and South. These five-song EPs are named after the cardinal points on a compass – North, South, East, and West – their U.S. tour dates will coincide with the appropriate regions throughout 2016. When placed together, the back covers of the four releases will form one piece of art. Physical copies will be available for only $5 at all live shows, with digital release via iTunes and Amazon coming soon. “We are excited about releasing a series of eclectic new works with a super talented band,” says Jim Nunally. “We pay homage to great artists like George Jones, Buck Owens, Tammy Wynette, while our original songs like ‘Mirror’ take folk music in an entirely new direction. We aren’t just following a path; we are paving a new one.”

The Rayburn Bros.

Country
http://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/rayburnbrothersband

photo by Leslie Rayburn

The Rayburn Brother’s Band, with their rough-hewn folk-rock sound, is comprised of gifted singer songwriter Craig Rayburn, a well-seasoned musician with a powerful voice and lyrics, and brother Keith Rayburn, also a talented singer songwriter, who brings his stellar dobro and slide guitar playing to the mix. The Rayburn Brothers voices blend and intertwine as only brothers can, with graceful harmonies and poignant singing. Deftly combining acoustic and electric instruments, they play songs ranging from heart-rending ballads to foot stomping rockers. They each bring their particular style to the mix, creating a soulful and eclectic mix of music; from folk, to rock to alternative country. The Rayburn Brothers Band new album, "Back to California" is a compelling collection of songs ranging from the honest portrayal of long-term relationships in "Go Down Easy" to the hopeful, upbeat "Back To California". "Ordinary Love" tells of finding extraordinary love, while "Lonely Train" speaks of love lost. "Te Propongo" and "Hole In My Heart" mix Spanish and English lyrics in a way that reflects the brother`s California heritage. The entire collection of songs is infused with elements of rock, folk, country, reggae and jazzy blues that channel the musical influences the brothers gained growing up in the Golden State. All songs feature the effortless blood harmony of Craig and Keith, augmented by the dulcet voice of Eliza James that give the vocals texture and intimacy. Long time lead guitar player Nick Heinz adds fluid guitar lines evoking classic rock greats, while the driving drum beat is provided by Andrew Tuckman. Dick Tacklind provides sturdy basslines, and keyboard player Kevin Taylor weaves in and out of the songs with grace and harmony. This powerful and moving CD is full of surprises and unexpected twists. Eliciting comparisons to bands such as The Eagles, Neil Young, Los Lobos and Jackson. Craig Rayburn`s first CD, "Coyote" was very well received on the local music scene and was featured on various radio stations, most notable KPIG as well as KKUP and KZSC. This record showcases Rayburn’s diversity, including folk-rock, country, ballads and Americana. Joining him on this collaboration is talent Jim Norris with amazing “right on” drumming, Paul Olguin with his driving bass, the rich melodies of Keith Greeninger and Tamala Brown, multi-instrumentalist Dayan Kai, pianist extraordinaire, John R, fiddling pro Chojo Jacques, hot licks by guitarist Randy Mitchell, lush organ by Gianni Staino and stellar dobro and slide leads by brother Keith Rayburn.

The Good Intentions

Country
http://www.thegoodintentions.co.uk



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THE GOOD INTENTIONS

Winners of the British Country Music Awards - Best Americana Act of the Year 2011.
We are proud to announce that The Good Intentions have signed with Drumfire Records, London, who will be releasing our forthcoming record "Travelling Companion".
Drumfire Records last year released the award-winning "How Do You Plead" by My Darling Clementine, and their latest release - Dean Owens’s "Cash Back" - is picking up great reviews, so we are thrilled to be working with a label with that track record (no pun intended).The Good Intentions are husband and wife duo R Peter Davies and Gabrielle Monk. Based in Liverpool, they have emerged over the last few years as part of the new wave of UK alt-country acts. Fusing old-time country with a traditional British sensitivity, they have developed their own singular voice and sound. In 2011, they were voted Best Americana Band at the British Country Music Awards. Their songs are rooted in the timeless music carried to America by the emigrants from the British Isles, most of whom departed from the very port where Peter and Gabrielle live. The Good Intentions are bringing that music home. Playing mostly original compositions with mainly acoustic instruments, and singing close harmonies, they are often complemented on record and on stage by additional occasional band members. They have so far released three albums, have toured the UK, the US, and on the Continent, and have guested on the legendary Bob Harris Country show on BBC Radio. “These songs are not just timeless, they are true classics, right up there with the best of the Louvins, the Delmores, the Blue Sky Boys, and early Everlys.” (Maverick) Video Links “Gone So Long” “Colfax Town” live in Altadena CA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9me4JHdZxYs “Hank’s Last Ride” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgaY8fZxQa8

Sally Barris

Country
www.sallybarris.com/

Look below at her songwriting credits alone! Nashville-based artist and songwriter, Sally Barris, has managed to be successful in the mainstream world of country music without giving up her folk & Celtic roots.

Her unique style, influenced by artists such as: Tony Rice, Dougie Maclean, & Richard Thompson, is what makes her stand out in a city known for “cookie cutter” talent. Whether in her own hands or those of a well-established artist, such as, Lee Ann Womack, or a newcomer like American Idol finalist, Kellie Pickler, Sally’s music is unmistakably recognizable.

Some catalog highlights include : A Grammy Nomination in 2009 for “Let The Wind Chase You” (Trisha Yearwood), “Reluctant Daughter” (Martina McBride), “Some Things I Know” (Lee Ann Womack), “I’m On My Way” (Kellie Pickler), “The Innocent Years” (Kathy Mattea) and “Honesuckle Sweet” (Jessi Alexander) which appeared in the Miramax film An Unfinished Life. The Minnesota native is currently on tour with her 3rd cd: Restless Soul.

“Songwriter poised to make the breakthrough to international recognition as a major recording artist Like Nanci Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mindy Smith and Allison Moorer, Sally Barris doesn’t easily fit into the country genre, but is one of the most talented writers currently working in Nashville.” Alan Cackett Maverick Magazine U.K.


Also available: Little Voice (2004) and Reluctant Daughter (1999).

Jeff Blackburn & Friends

Country
www.myspace.com/jeffblackburn/music

You will hear them for a short set at the CV Art & Wine Festival, AFTER BEING BOUNCED AROUND THE BACK SEAT OF TOO MANY AUTOS FROM CALIFORNIA TO TEXAS, INDIANA, WASHINGTON STATE, NEW MEXICO, ENDED UP IN BAKERFIELD. ESCAPING OUT OF HIGH-SCHOOL TO HITCH-HIKE TO THE FOLK SCENES FROM SAN JOSE, SAN FRANCISCO, BOSTON, AND BACK TO BERKELEY, SAN FRANCISCO, AND MARIN COUNTY. HOMING IN THE BAY AREA AND TEAMING UP WITH SHERRY SNOW IN THE EARLY SIXTIES TO FORM "BLACKBURN AND SNOW", ONE OF THE BAY AREA’S PROMINENT PSYCHEDELIC ROCK BANDS. RECORDING AN ALBUM OF ALMOST ALL ORIGINAL SONGS WITH TRIDENT PRODUCTIONS WHICH WAS UNRELEASED UNTIL ALEC PALAO OF BIG BEAT RECORDS REPRODUCED IT IN 1999 AND IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE HERE. BIG BEAT HAS ALSO RELEASED A COLLECTION FROM THAT PERIOD CALLED "WEST COAST COUNTRY" WHICH INCLUDES "TIME," ANOTHER BLACKBURN ORIGINAL. FOLLOWING THE FLAME-OUT OF TRIDENT PRODUCTIONS & A BRIEF VISIT TO L.A., THE DUO WENT THEIR SEPARATE WAYS-- HE TOURED WITH MOBY GRAPE DURING THE 1970S, FORMING FRIENDSHIPS AND MUSICAL COLLABORATIONS WITH SINGER/BASSIST BOB MOSLEY AND GUITARIST JERRY MILLER. JEFF RETURNED TO HIS FAVORITE SANTA CRUZ MTS.--& A VARIETY OF BANDS. "SOQUEL"/ "SILVER WINGS"/ "BUCKIN’ THE ODDS" W/ SOME GREAT PLAYERS.-THE C.D. "THEN & THERE" CAPTURES A GLIMPSE & SOME CLASSIC MUSICIANS FROM AN L.A. SESSION. IN SUMMER ’77, NEIL YOUNG CAME TO TOWN & JOINED JEFF’S CURRENT BAND. ALL 4 MEMBERS CONTRIBUTED SONGS EQUALLY, AND THEY RENAMED THEMSELVES THE DUCKS, PLAYING SOLD-OUT SHOWS AT LOCAL CLUBS THROUGHOUT THAT LEGENDARY SUMMER IN SANTA CRUZ. JEFF CONTINUES TO WRITE SONGS, PLAY MUSIC WITH HIS BAND BUCK N THE ODDS AND IS LIVIN’ & LOVIN’ LIFE. HIS MUSIC HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS AMERICANA INCORPORATING FOLK, ROCK, COUNTRY & BLUES. HIS LYRICS ARE POETIC, CLEVER & SOULFUL. HIS STRONG RICH VOICE IS HONEST & HEARTFELT. RECENT VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBhTtFxxCS4

Member Since:

March 11, 2007

Members:

BUCK N THE ODDS: Vox/Guitar: JEFF BLACKBURN Bass/Vox: JOJO FOX (bass/vocals) Guitar: LENNY COLLINS Percussion: MICHAEL JOHNSON ...AND MANY MORE...

Buffalo Canyon Band

Country


Lady Crooners

Country
www.theladycrooners.com


The Lady Crooners formed in 2010 as a collaboration of siblings, Nadia and Joseph Krilanovich. Song writing was a natural fit for the duo, him with a guitar, her with a love of storytelling, and both with a drive to create. Our collaborations grew to welcome the addition of gifted musicians and our first album, THE LADY CROONERS, was released in 2012. Our second album, THE SURFACE, was released in June 2013. Our style has been called everything from folk pop to ‘almost country’. We sing in a signature blend of sibling harmonies with vocals by, Nadia, Joseph, and Megan Krilanovich, accompanied by Kevin Conness on lead guitar, and Jason Braatz on bass. Our songwriting is honest, an anchor in a fast-paced world, with an echo of times past. We tell our stories, sharing heartache, love, laughter, and all the good stuff. We wear boots. We give every performance our all, and we always leave a crowd wanting more. For us, music is about sharing. It’s about giving and it’s about bringing together family and friends, new and old. We are The Lady Crooners. And we celebrate sharing our authentic, darn good music with you.

Delaney Ann

Country
www.DelaneyAnn.com


Delaney Ann is a 14-year old country pop singer/songwriter/guitar player from Monterey County whose debut album will be released on I-Tunes on April 28th. Delaney taught herself to play guitar when she was 10 and wrote her first song that same year. To date, she has written more than 60 original songs and performs all over Nashville, Texas and the Central Coast. She is endorsed by Daisy Rock Guitars and is a member of Rick Barker`s (Taylor Swift`s former manager) Music Industry Blueprint Program. She, and other local teens have formed a band, which will play at The Artichoke Festival is Castroville at 5pm on Saturday, May 31st. Band members are Emily Radner, 13, drums; Ronnie McClean, 15, guitar; and Mason Brandt, 15, base. Delaney`s CDs will be available at local events and some local stores that have supported her for the past years: The Village Market, K&Co, DO Re MI Music, and Music Unlimited.

Larry Hosford Band

Country
https://larryhosford.com


It seems more than coincidence that country singer/songwriter Larry Hosford shares a hometown with John Steinbeck. With his earthy songs of working-class struggle, the Salinas-born Hosford would have been at home in a Steinbeck novel. Beginning his musical career playing folk music on Cannery Row, Larry played in various area bands through the 1960s and 70s, most notably the fondly remembered Santa Cruz band, Snail. Those experiences plus a rueful stint as a recording artist in LA and Nashville and years steeped in the drug subculture have provided Lorenzo with ample material for his memoirs, being written in the town that shares a name with Larry`s most famous country song ... `Salinas`. Where else?" ------- aka Lorenzo ------- Where else, indeed? Hi. I`m Larry Hosford, aka Lorenzo. And while it`s true I am from Salinas out in sunny Cal, and the Central Coast area in general, I clipped that little bit of news up there from The Santa Cruz County Sentinel. This is meet and fit, as Santa Cruz and its environs have been my musical headquarters for most of my musical life. Is there some sort of art in you? You should be so lucky as to live in such a magnificent locale imbued with such a creative atmosphere. We get to do it our way in Surf City. Do bear in mind now, that I am not a surfer - can`t even swim across a bath tub. I do love to look at water, though, and I am really good at that. And a sunny beach? Basking? World class. Ah, life is great here that way, yet subtly exciting, and richly privileged. Admit it -- when California falls into the ocean, I`ve got a front-row seat. The seat I`m using in the clickable pic alongside is just above nearby New Brighton Beach and is shown as it exists on "High On Livin`", my here and now, proudly announced new CD. It contains 13 tunes you have never heard (by me, anyway - three of them were written by others), and, in the form of bonus tracks, two you might have. They are "Hitchhiking In Guyana", and "Salinas", formerly available only on a very obscure 45 RPM single. I say "Hitchhiking In Guyana", and "Salinas", folks, for which, over the years, there have been many, many inquiries regarding CD versions. However so slowly, we do aim to please. Well, sir (as my daddy would say), I could carry on about this project, and on, and on, and my accountants do suggest that I straightaway proceed to the music. Others, visitors to the site, have suggested that I, "make it easy" to find the music. Even Shake-speare suggested, "Less matter, more music."

Robert Elmond Stone

Country
https://www.facebook.com/robert.cox.980?fref=ts


A native Californian Robert Elmond Stone grew up on the road, a military brat in air force. `Used sing some of these old songs as a youngster with his mom. His father was big on jazz and classical so he grew up with lots of musical influences and began playin` young. Much music in the house. He rediscovered his musical roots and heritage one day when he just happened to sing some old country tune and " Whoa, that felt right, just fell into place". Been singin country music ever since.