Bands for Hire ~ American Roots

Hotbox Harry Band

American Roots

Hotbox Harry was a warm and gentle hobo-like figure who taught us wonderful country songs of love and loss. He was a warm, roly-poly kind of guy. He wore suspenders, hopped trains, and beat Woody Guthrie in a card game in 1943. He has a special place in our hearts. As a tribute to him, we started a band and called it Songs Hotbox Harry Taught Us.

The Big Sur band covers the tunes that Hotbox Harry taught us: original tunes as well as tunes by Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, Gram Parsons, Loretta Lynn, Elvis, Don Gibson, Buck Owens, George Jones, Bob Dylan, and more.

The Lady Crooners

American Roots

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.

Coffee Zombie Collective

American Roots

Coffee Zombie Collective was formed with one thing in mind: bringing music to the people. Our ever-expanding set list sweeps from rock anthems and originals, to old-time standards, and right back through 80`s and 90s hits, all with our distinctive CZC twist. Our live performances energize festivals, light up local street corners, invigorate house parties, and make weddings the boisterous sing alongs they should be. With our lineup of acoustic guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, upright bass, trumpet, boomslap, and melodica, crowds quickly form and sing-alongs ensue. While you`re lurking on the web, why not go be our buddy on facebook, follow Nate on twitter, or email us and ask to join our mailing list. Don`t just take our word for it. Here are some shining reviews of our band. You can also buy our album right here! Yes!

David Vidal

American Roots

David Vidal grew up in New Mexico and Colorado, in a musical family that moved often. His father was a boogie woogie piano player, who also sang cowboy songs accompanied by guitar. His three older sisters had a vocal trio that performed at churches and schools. Vidal taught himself guitar from a book of blues standards, and started playing in jam bands bands in high school in Denver. After graduating, he took off hitchhiking across America, guitar in hand. He wandered up to Oregon, through Canada and up to Alaska. Over to Minnesota and Michigan. Chicago, Washington D.C., New York City and up to Vermont. He landed for awhile in Missouri, and then to Tucson, and then San Francisco, where he lived on a houseboat and played his songs in the coffee houses of North Beach. He turned twenty one in Merida, Mexico, and returned to the States hopping freight trains. After settling in Phoenix for a few years and playing in rock bands, he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a songwriter and in the studio at Criterion Music in Hollywood. He toured in Europe with the band Village of Odd Waters, and has released four critically acclaimed solo albums, in addition to having songs in numerous films and television shows.

Steven Graves

American Roots

This is honest American roots music. They are compelling, beautifully crafted, and fully realized songs. It’s just really good. – Dennis McNally | Grateful Dead Publicist American roots based singer-songwriter Steven Graves‘ first professional full-length release was in 2010. It was aptly Steven Graves Press Photoentitled, Make A New World. That first album title foretold much of what has unfolded in the last seven years in Steven’s life and artistic career. Steven’s music and worldview are always grounded in assessing who we are and how we can make for a better world for ourselves and each other. As his first few album names divulged, Making a New World is but a Matter of Time for Steven Graves. Graves describes his musical journey as, “A spiritual path of self-discovery founded with authenticity and purpose.” While Graves music defies any one genre, he merges country with folk and rock very much like the Southern California singer-songwriters of the late 60s and early 70s which included the Eagles, Graham Parsons, Jackson Browne and so many others. Graves songs revolve around a depth of spiritual and social consciousness that truly makes him unique as a singer-songwriter. Steven describes an “unstable and turbulent” childhood as a force that drove him deeper into the solace of a “musical universe” and started his lifelong quest to understand the true meaning of life. “Writing songs and jamming unchained me and set me free into a magical world that went beyond mind and beyond the worries of the world outside,” he says. Steven’s amalgamation of genres stems partly from an early exposure to old-school country music legends such as Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson along with the popular music of that time including Motown, The Beatles, Elvis and the psychedelic bands from the 60’s. He explains, “My muses are stuck somewhere between the consciousness of Steven Graves Press PhotoEckhart Tolle and the artistry of Pink Floyd.” While Graves music is all original, there is a comforting familiarity present as one can easily hear such influences as the Eagles, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and others coming through. When it comes to his stylistic synergy, you never know what to expect. “Whether it is psychedelic country, hippy rock, or Americana, I like to freestyle my creative concepts,” he comments. As a songwriter, Steven has been prolific, releasing a total of seven CDs including his new CD Captain Soul set to release on January 9th, 2017. More rock leaning than Graves’ last record, Mission Bell, the new CD was recorded with Steven’ veteran band as it was written, so the recording and writing process became interwoven “taking on a life of its own” says Graves. Recorded entirely on “old school” analog the CD retains a sonic richness that is often rare in today’s highly produced digital world. Based upon Steven’s past releases, Captain Soul is expected to receive significant radio play both nationally and internationally. Let it Ride, released in 2013, peaked at number thirteen on the Roots Music Chart. Take a Stand, Steven Graves Press Photofrom that record, approached the Top Ten on the New Music Weekly Country Music Chart, gathering over 28,000 spins on country music radio. Steven’s Matter of Time CD climbed as high as number eight on the Relix Magazine and music charts. In addition to these accomplishments, his song “White Buffalo,” from the Matter of Time CD, was nominated for a Native American Music Award (NAMA) in 2012. One of Steven’s biggest fans and advocates is Dennis McNally, who has worked with the Grateful Dead for more than thirty years. With McNally’s help, the band has an ever growing presence in the Grateful Dead and circles. The band has been touring several States throughout the Westcoast over the last two years playing festivals and local venues building an impressive fan base. Steven Graves is much more than a musician; he is an artist, an activist, and a visionary; a truly authentic individual who is willing to live, love and experience life in alignment with his vision of a more peaceful world. Steven feels there exists a parallel reality can replace the current one once a critical mass of people awakens to understand what is possible in their lives. For Steven Graves, Making a New World is just a Matter of Time!

Harpin & Haines

American Roots

HARPIN AND HAINES Jonny Troutner (a.k.a. Harpin` Jonny) has been playing harmonica in Santa Cruz since 1992. "It was a character I created to publicize my previous business, Antolini Masonry and Landscape Supplies," Troutner explains. "You might have heard the catchy jingles on KPIG." The gifted harpist has accompanied dozens of local musicians for several decades and has a laid-back disposition that could have been Jeff Bridges` inspiration for The Dude in The Big Lebowski. The name "Harpin` Jonny" comes from the fact that Troutner "always had to lend the other guys money and give them rides to the gigs," he says slyly. Troutner recalls the early days, "I started off playing with Stormin` Norman and the Cyclones. That band featured Norman Lewis, a couple of the Doobie Brothers and Ken Kraft from Snail. We played The Crow`s Nest, 41st Street Yard Line in Soquel, and the Windjammer in Aptos." In 1994, he formed The Primadons, and later joined up with country mavericks The Larry Hosford Band. His ability to play country, blues and soaring rock interchangeably was showcased on Harpin` Around, released in 2000. "I have a good ear that likes to fill in and play solo parts," he says. Though initially fearful of being the lead singer, Troutner found new confidence with Harpin` Jonny and the Groovehounds. "The band was formerly the rhythm section (keyboard, drum, and bass) of Red Beans and Rice from Monterey," he says. From jamming with Robert Earl Keen, Tom Snider and Paul Thorn, to opening for The Tubes and Sons of Champlin at The Catalyst, Troutner has appeared on more than 30 local recordings. Jonny`s newest collaboration is with a band of Bills, thus the name, The Unpaid Bills. Harpin Jonny: Harmonica and Vocals Bill Haines: Guitar and Vocals Harpin Jonny and Bill Haines bring a fun, great old time sound with country blues, folk, and jazz standards. This talented group of musicians out of the Monterey Bay area have over a 30 year long history playing in the area with various bands, including John Broadway Tucker, Larry Hosford, The Primadons, and the Groovehounds.