Celebrating the 23rd Annual
RBA Concert Season
Another great selection of performers in a comfortable setting at reasonable prices
Individual show tickets: $20/advance, $25/door
As always: Half-price for teens and all students, free for under-13 and music students.
Jamming starts at 5:00, Doors Open at 7:00, Showtime
New for the 2014-15 Season we will have special host
for a Slow Jam:
10/18 Jack Tuttle
11/1 Richard Brandenburg
12/6 John Kornhauser
1/17 Sonia Shell
November 1, 2014
The Kathy Kallick Band
First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View
1667 Miramonte Ave. (at Cuesta Dr.), Mountain View
Kathy Kallick: guitar, vocals
Annie Staninec: fiddle, vocals
Cary Black: acoustic bass, vocals
Greg Booth: dobro, banjo, vocals
Tom Bekeny: mandolin, vocals
RBA is excited to welcome back the Kathy Kallick Band, who have been on a tear since their last appearance here: a hit album/song, cover story in Bluegrass Unlimited, accolades aplenty, and standout appearances at festivals from RockyGrass, Wintergrass, and Pickin' In the Pines to Strawberry, the CBA's Father's Day Festival, and IBMA showcases.
Time -- the CD and the song -- is the hit, and its mixture of original and classic material mirrors the distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary sensibilities that has come to define the Kathy Kallick Band. Time and the KKB’s previous release, Between the Hollow and the High-Rise, have spent more time in the national bluegrass charts -- and were the highest-ranked bluegrass releases on the folk-dj chart -- than any other releases in recent years.
"Kathy's working with the finest group she’s ever assembled. Time is unforgettable; the songs seep into your consciousness slowly but inexorably, and you find yourself cueing up the album again and again. Each time you do, you learn a little more, and you’re richer for the experience." - David McGee, Deep Roots
In the past year, Kathy also has issued a solo collection of original story songs, Cut To the Chase, and, with Laurie Lewis, a tribute to their mentors, Laurie & Kathy Sing the Songs Of Vern & Ray. That makes a total of 19 albums by Kathy, recordings which include nearly 150 of her compositions. During the past year, Tom released a mandolin jazz collection, Jazzolin, Cary made albums with the Rhythm Bugs and Rouge, and both Annie and Greg begin recording their own solo albums.
Kathy has won a Grammy and two IBMA Awards, received a Lifetime Membership from the California Bluegrass Association, appeared on three high-profile Rounder collections of bluegrass songs by women, toured throughout North America, Europe, and Japan, had five title tracks and albums each spend a year in the upper echelon of the national bluegrass charts, and is featured in Murphy Henry's recent publication, Pretty Good For A Girl: Women In Bluegrass, but the collaboration with her mighty current band is a career high point. The Kathy Kallick Band has nearly as much fun as the audience when performing. The material is compelling, the tone ranges from humorous to bittersweet to soulful, the instrumental playing is electric, the vocals luminous, the presentation inclusive. As was once said about another California band: They're not just the best at what they do; they're the only ones who do what they do.
“This is a top-notch band led by a woman with the warmest, richest voice in our music today.”
- Katy Daley, WAMU’s Bluegrass Country
December 6, 2014
Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley
Dale Ann Bradley (guitar, vocals) and Steve Gulley (guitar, vocals) -- that's it. And it should be memorable.
We thrilled to their heavenly harmonies in a band context a couple years ago, and now we have the opportunity to experience this dynamic duet with no distractions.
Dale Ann is a five-time winner of the IBMA Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, has collaborated with all the top bluegrass musicians, and is one of the most engaging performers in the music. Steve co-founded and led both Mountain Heart and Grasstowne, was a notable member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and has had his compositions recorded by a number of top bands.
Perhaps most significantly, "Steve and I grew up together," says Dale Ann. "We each know what the other one's going to do." Theirs is a duo honed by common experience, a similar approach to the music, and years of singing together. This should be a very special performance.
January 17, 2015
The Tuttles with A.J. Lee
First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View
1667 Miramonte Ave. (at Cuesta Dr.), Mountain View
"With singing and picking like this, these young players are a welcome wave of the future.” (Bluegrass Unlimited)
The next generation of bluegrass masters is here!
RBA has been presenting these “hometown heroes” since they were pre-teens, and have delighted in watching them grow up on stage and mature musically. Long ago surpassing the “pretty great for kids” handle, this is a truly exceptional band. Come & see them while you can; you’ll be delighted and amazed!
“The picking is HOT and the singing is complex and gorgeous. Molly has a voice that is unique and very traditional at the same time, rich and sweet and incredibly moving. And when she blends that voice with A.J., well, chills up and down my spine! A.J.'s voice has a contemporary bluegrass sound that matches fragility with strength and confidence. Michael and Sullivan played virtuoso solos that made me burst into laughter, as I do when music delights and amazes me.” (Kathy Kallick)
Jack Tuttle is an experienced and highly-regarded music educator who gave his kids their first music lessons, passing along what he learned as a member of the original Tuttle Family Band that his father Gerald started many decades ago on the family’s farm in Illinois. Those three kids now sing and play bluegrass with skill and spirit far beyond their years, and have been collaborating for the last six years with another teenaged phenom, A.J. Lee.
The Tuttles with A.J. Lee are:
Molly Tuttle (21) - vocals, guitar, banjo
A.J. Lee (16) - vocals, mandolin
Sullivan Tuttle (18) - guitar, vocals
Michael Tuttle (16) - mandolin
Jack Tuttle (ageless) - acoustic bass, fiddle, vocals
"The members of the Tuttles with A.J. Lee are all very talented, offering skillful solos throughout. Molly, A.J., Sullivan, Michael, and Jack work well together, moving easily between classic and newer sounds. Like many younger bands, the group does sound more comfortable on the more modern pieces, but it’s nice to see them honoring tradition as well.” (John Goad, Bluegrass Today)
An overview of their recordings and awards to date:
AJ Lee: forthcoming solo EP
The Goodbye Girls (with Molly Tuttle): Going To Boston (bandcamp.com/2014)
John Mailander (with Molly Tuttle): Walking Distance (Hoping Machine/2014)
Molly Tuttle & John Mailander: Molly Tuttle & John Mailander (Back Studio/2014)
The Tuttles with A.J. Lee: Endless Ocean (Back Studio/2013)
The Tuttles with A.J. Lee: Introducing The Tuttles with A.J. Lee (Back Studio/2011)
Molly & Jack Tuttle: The Old Apple Tree (Back Studio/2007)
Jack Tuttle: 11 books (www.jacktuttle.com/Books/index.html)
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BLUEGRASS SOCIETY AWARDS
The Tuttles with AJ Lee: Best Bluegrass Band (2x)
Molly Tuttle: Best Guitarist, Best Female Vocalist
Michael Tuttle: Best Mandolin Player
Jack Tuttle: Best Fiddler
A.J. Lee: Best Female Vocalist (4x)
OTHER AWARDS TO MOLLY TUTTLE
IBMA Momentum Award (Vocalist)
Merit Scholarships to the Berklee College of Music, Boston
Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship (from the Foundation for Bluegrass Music)
First place, Chris Austin Songwriting Competition, MerleFest
First place, FreshGrass Festival's Duet Contest (with John Mailander)
Second place, Fresh Grass Festival’s Band Contest (with John Mailander & Ethan Jodziewicz)
Second place, Prairie Home Companion Duet Contest (with Jack Tuttle)
Graduate (Artist Diploma in Guitar Performance), Berklee College of Music
In a 2011 interview in Mother Jones magazine, A.J. Lee was asked what she likes about bluegrass. Her response: "Usually folk and bluegrass music tell story songs, unlike nowadays, when it's all about the bass and the drums that get you dancing. These songs get you dancing AND they tell a story. Sometimes they're songs about the past, so you get to learn a little bit of history. And you get to have fun. Usually when you're playing you're smiling and laughing.”
You will be too — Jan. 17th at the Mt. View Presbyterian Church.
"Makes you wanna sit down in their kitchen and jam. Even if you could, Molly's voice could easily make you drop your picks.” (www.folkweekly.com)
Saturday February 7, 2015
Keith Little and the the Little Band
First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View, 1667 Miramonte Ave. (at Cuesta Dr.), Mountain View
the the Little Band
is a collaborative ensemble coming together to perform a diverse range of bluegrass-based music. Their combination of experienced and emerging musicians, all of the highest caliber, produces a sound that is both authentic and unique. Their Stanley Brothers tribute raised the RBA roof last year, and we look forward to all kinds of excitement with their return.
Keith Little (guitar) is a nationally-acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, teacher, and producer. Shortly after his first professional engagement in 1969, Keith met and began performing with local bluegrass legends Vern and Ray. This collaboration evolved into his tenure with Rose Maddox and the Vern Williams Band, in what has proven to be milestones in west coast country music. Keith has been an important member of many regional and national touring bands (Country Gentlemen, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Lonesome Standard Time, Frank Wakefield, High Country, Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick, duo with Jim Nunally), and performed on GRAMMY-award recordings of Dolly Parton and the Chieftains. Keith’s compositions have been recorded by Crystal Gayle, Longview, Claire Lynch, Tim O’Brien, Vern Williams, High Country, and the Whites (among others), and he is an honorary lifetime member of the California Bluegrass Association. An amazing vocalist, Keith is also currently a featured member of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.
Michael Witcher (dobro) grew up playing with his father Dennis and brother Gabe in their Los Angeles-based bluegrass band, The Witcher Brothers. A featured member of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Michael has also recorded or toured with a variety of musicians, including The Gibson Brothers, Dolly Parton, Dwight Yoakam, Joan Osborne, John Paul Jones, Laurie Lewis, and Sara Watkins.
Josh Tharp (banjo) is not only a great player of all the bluegrass instruments but also a masterful harmony vocalist, having grown up singing in church, the son of a pastor. Josh performed with regional Arizona groups until 2006, when he joined the long time Southern California band Lost Highway, and began making guitars, mandolins, banjos, and dobros; Josh performs with the LittleBand on a banjo of his own making.
Luke Abbott (fiddle, mandolin) began playing at bluegrass festivals at the age of eleven, simultaneously learning all the bluegrass instruments. Besides many years as the banjo player in his family's band, he has performed with other artists, including bluegrass greats Kathy Kallick and Frank Wakefield. Victory Music's review of his 2010 solo album: “Luke’s music completely blindsided me. He’s got a great, crackly voice and is a monster picker.”
Steve Swan (acoustic bass) might be best-known for the high quality basses and guitars he sells, but he’s previously played in several influential bands: The Dusty Road Boys (with Sandy Rothman and Ed Neff), High Country (with Butch Waller and Larry Cohea), and the Frank Wakefield Band (with David Nelson). Steve brings to the group a steady beat, a steady personality, and a team player's spirit.
"Seeing Little play is pure delight (and) his ability to capture the 'high lonesome sound' of bluegrass vocals is apparent in his lead singing. He has the ability to blend vocally with other singers so his tenor harmony can add a rich tang to the sound that enhances the lead vocal. Appropriately, two-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Claire Lynch calls Little 'the blend-meister.’ Little says this new quintet plays rich acoustic music drawn from traditional and contemporary sources, with members contributing sterling instrumental chops and adding to the vibrant vocal harmony. There is real sustenance in excellent music and, says Little, 'this group can really serve it up.’”
- Kate Laddish, iPinion syndicate