WELCOME TO DEEP END SESSIONS
Here’s some home-made acoustic music in the old-time and roots traditions, recorded in the living room of a California farm house we call “the lodge.” Built in 1908, the old wooden walls, beamed celling and old rugs of the living room seem to have some rather wonderful sonic characteristics. We think you will agree.
Just north of Los Angeles, at Deep End Ranch in the middle of a lemon farm, we’re gathering a collection of old-time music from some of the finest musicians today in the tradition.
The old-time music presented here isn’t your parent’s version of the genre, exactly. While it’s practitioners are fully steeped in the tradition and conscious of being keepers of the flame, they offer new arrangements of traditional tunes, new contexts for rare and authentic tunes, and their own compositions in keeping with tradition stretching back into 18th and 19th century America. These musicians are part of a contextual shift acknowledging that this music not only comes from a rural base, but now finds itself squarely in the middle of urban popular culture as well.
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The Deep End concept is simple: bring musicians in for a residency and concert, and have them record their sets in a living room space, as close to live as possible, around a minimal selection of good mics.
Bunn has created a warm space that is all about community.
- LA Times
In January of this year, Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller settled into the Deep End for a residency. When they left, they had one of the best souvenirs imaginable -- a record.
Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller
SaturDAY, January 13, 2018
Join us in welcoming back to Deep End, one of the most magical of old-time music duos performing today. Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller perform country and old-time music, singing close harmony with Jesse's unique finger-picked guitar style and a healthy dose of old-time fiddling. Jesse is the 2017 West Virginia Open Fiddle Champion! Emily was raised playing and singing old-time and country music (the Louvin Brothers and the Stanley Brothers were household favorites) with her parents while they traveled the world as journalists. Emily is perhaps one of the strongest, most powerful vocalists currently leading the old-time and early country genres. Jesse grew up in the world of West Virginia old-time music, learning from masters like Melvin Wine and Ernie Carpenter as well as his father, Gerry Milnes. These multi instrumentalists now make their home in central West Virginia.
Deep End Sessions is proud to have produced their duo album which has won many accolades and was ranked in the top 5 duo albums of the year upon it’s release in 2015. Their amazing album occupied the #9 spot nationally on the Folk DJ Charts.
Join us along with 80 lucky music lovers for an intimate, all acoustic evening in the living room at Deep End Ranch. Concert, Dinner, After Party & Jam.
This show is not to be missed and will sell out completely.
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Foghorn Stringband, Reuben’s Train, performed live at Deep End Sessions, September 17, 2017. This was the finalé to a very high energy concert in front of a packed house in the living room of a California farmhouse. Caleb Klauder, vocals & mandolin; Stephen “Sammy” Lind, vocals & fiddle; Reeb Willms, vocals & guitar; and Nadine Landry, vocals & bass. Truly one of the best American Old-time Stringbands performing today. Film Directed & produced by David Bunn. Audio recording/mixing Stephen Schauer. © Deep End Sessions 2017 *Full concert film is coming... stay tuned!
In 2016, The Revelers performed two live, house concert/dances at Deep End Sessions in Southern California on two very special evenings - first on Valentines and again on the Summer Solstice! This film is edited from both of those performances. The concerts were mostly all acoustic in the early tradition of how this music and dance form began in Southwest Louisiana... in the house! The Revelers are Grammy Nominated Super Group, consisting of members, Blake Miller, Chas Justus, Glenn Fields, Eric Frey, Daniel Coolik and The Chris Miller. Deep End Sessions is honored to call The Revelers our 2016 House Band! Enjoy in full 1080 HD and with good speakers/headphones.
THE BEST JAM EVER! with Caleb Klauder, Reeb Willms, Nadine Landry, Sammy Lind, Ann Louise Genest, John Reischman, Matt Hotte, Mark Schatz, Craig Korth, Eli West, Steve Roy, Trent Freeman, Julie Kerr, Rosalyn Dennett, Kayla Hotte, & the amazing backup crowd! Green room tent, Kekuli stage, NimbleFingers Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Workshop. Sorrento, BC August 24, 2017. - film by David Bunn