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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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One of five bands in a never before tie for first place in the Traditional Band category at 2017 Clifftop, WV, Old-Time Gathering... Steam Machine is at the top of their game and clearly one of the best Traditional old-time stringbands playing today. That’s AWESOME considering the competition and the high level of musicianship at Clifftop.
This is a stringband performance and jam not to be missed! The only area performance of the band.
Steam Machine sits somewhere between the full, round, driving sounds of American old-time stringband music and the emergent virtuosity of early bluegrass. With clean, powerful fiddling and rolling three finger banjo they highlight unique and beautiful Midwestern repertoire alongside tunes and songs from Appalachia. A rock-solid rhythm section and honest, unprocessed singing round out their sound. All four band members are actively involved in perpetuating roots music and dance traditions as players, teachers, and community scholars in their home communities and wherever they go. Having performed across the country and world individually, as a band they are having a lot of fun forming a style that has been called "wonderfully tasteful!" "so fine!" "a treat!" and "powerful!" by fans of the genre.
AJ Srubas- fiddle
AJ grew up in a musical household and became obsessed with the fiddle at age 10. Eighteen years later, he is a tireless collector of old recordings and a versatile player and teacher. AJ has played concerts/dances and taught fiddle workshops at Augusta Heritage Center (WV), Berkeley Old-Time Music Gathering (CA), Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival (CO), many Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association festivals, the Minnesota State Fiddlers Association and many other events. AJ also plays in several other groups, including the Blake Miller and the Old Fashioned Aces (Cajun), New Riverside Ramblers (Cajun) and Hello Heartache (country).
Aaron Tacke - banjo, vocals
Tacke first learned to play clawhammer style banjo, but he was inspired to learn three-finger style after hearing Kyle Creed and the Blue Ridge Square Dance. He has quickly become a much desired player for his driving three-finger sound. Tacke has played concerts/dances and taught banjo workshops at the Berkeley Old-Time Music Gathering, Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival, Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association festivals, and more. When not playing old-time, Tacke likes to play and sing country songs in the Minneapolis-based Hello Heartache, and build guitars and banjos at the Red River Banjo Co.
Rina Rossi- guitar, vocals, square dance calling
Rina danced with the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers for 8 years and calls dances regularly at the Monday Night Square Dance in Minneapolis. She has played dances/concerts, taught flatfooting, fiddle, bass, and guitar workshops, and called square dances from West Virginia to California to Germany. She has fiddled and danced on stages across Europe with the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers. But rhythm is in her family on both sides, and playing guitar is something she loves to do.
Nokosee Fields- bass
Born and raised in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Nokosee Fields began studying classical violin at a young age. After years of learning and performing Classical and Early music, Nokosee has recently turned his attention to various forms of traditional American music, performing, teaching, and touring professionally. As a bassist, he tours with the country band Western Centuries. As a teacher, he has taught at the Augusta Heritage Center and has been involved with Dancing with the Spirit—an Alaska-based youth and community music program that aims to re-inspire fiddle and dance traditions in indigenous communities throughout the region.
Listen to THIS tune from their NEW record
HARD TO LOVE
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
Watch a few of our concert films
Laura Jean Anderson and Friends
Laura Jean Anderson, guitar & vocals; Marcus Buser, bass & vocals; and Greg Fleischut, mandolin. Getting it together on the early blues tune, Everybody Loves My Baby (by Jack Palmer / Spencer Williams). Laura Jean, Marcus and Greg rock the house on this one as part of a live concert June 2017 at Deep End Sessions in front of a packed house. © Deep End Sessions 2018
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.
CALEB KLAUDER & REEB WILLMS
Duo, Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms perform the Buck Owens classic, There Goes My Love, in an all acoustic live concert in the living room of a California farmhouse as part of the Deep End Sessions series, December 9, 2017. Reeb Willms, vocals & guitar; Caleb Klauder, vocals & mandolin.