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Here’s some home-made acoustic music in the old-time and roots traditions, performed 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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David Bunn has created a warm space that is all about community.

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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.

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Richhie and Rosie

SATURDAY, March 30

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Richie and Rosie

I’ve been eagerly following Rosie Newton’s great fiddle and vocals for several years now and at the most recent Blackpot Camp in SW Louisiana, she and famed banjo player Richie Stearns anchored the old-time offerings there to awesome effect. Their performance at the Blackpot Festival was off the charts good as well and a year ago the duo headlined the Los Angeles Old Time Social. Back to Southern California by popular demand, Deep End Sessions is honored to host them for an all acoustic, intimate evening of their special blend of old-time classics and original songs. They have made two records together, "Tractor Beam” and “Nowhere In Time”, which have become must haves, certainly for my collection.

Richie and Rosie grew up 150 miles and a few decades apart in upstate New York, but the fated combination of their unique skill, varied musical influence, and honest storytelling comes together to achieve their common goal: to create music that people can really connect with. Before joining forces, Richie earned himself a name with genre-bending band the Horse Flies and collaborations with Natalie Merchant and Donna the Buffalo. Having performed internationally with legends like Bela Fleck, Pete Seeger, David Byrne, Billy Bragg & Wilco, and Joan Baez, his career spans decades. Rosie began classical piano lessons at eight, eventually moving to classical viola as a teen and by her junior year in high school, Rosie was playing fiddle and touring with the folk rock band The Mammals. But when their paths crossed in the Ithaca old-time scene, Richie & Rosie began touring together as members of the Evil City String Band, and were eventually drawn to pursue this more intimate duo project. Their music finds itself at a junction of classic Old-time, Americana, and folk, bringing a new sound to traditional music with their signature trance-like, boundary pushing instrumental arrangements and angelic harmonies. 
 

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

 

Lee Highway Blues - Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller

Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller perform the classic, Lee Highway Blues (G.B. Grayson & Henry Whitter, 1929). Jesse’s really on FIRE with this one! Jesse & Emily performed an all acoustic, intimate, live concert to a full house at Deep End Sessions, January 13, 2018. © Deep End Sessions 2018. Deep End Sessions is proud to have recorded Jesse Milnes & Emily MIller’s duo record in 2015. The CD sold out it’s original 1000 copy run and is now in its second printing. The CD is available from the musicians directly at www.emmyandjesse.com and from CD baby. Film & CD Directed & Produced by David Bunn. Audio by Stephen Schauer. Cameras Stephen Schauer (DP), Cody Edison & Alex Blair. Edited by David Bunn & Alex Blair. © Deep End Sessions 2018


Undone in Sorrow - Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller

Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller perform the classic "Undone In Sorrow," by Olla Belle Reed. Emily Miller’s vocals really soar on this one. This a live concert and part of the Deep End Sessions house concert series, Jan. 18, 2018. © Deep End Sessions 2019


The Hens Aren’t Laying / Jesse Legé, Joel Savoy & Cajun Country Revival

Cajun Country Revival LIVE at Deep End Sessions! Our Summer Solstice concert June, 2018 with the great Jesse Legé, Joel Savoy, Nadine Landry and Stephen “Sammy” Lind. The Cajun Country Revival performed a super high energy concert to a packed house (our largest audience ever!). "The Hen’s Aren’t Laying” a traditional tune that Jesse recalls hearing on 78rpm in the 1940s, was the finalé to the evening. Directed and Produced by David Bunn. Audio by Stephen Schauer. © Deep End Sessions 2018


Foghorn Stringband

Foghorn Stringband Live - The Concert Film Set 2 - the powerful conclusion to this amazing concert. This film is MAGIC! Filmed live at Deep End Sessions, September 17, 2017. This was a very high energy concert in front of a packed audience in the living room of a California farmhouse. Caleb Klauder, mandolin & vocals; Reeb Willms, guitar & vocals; Nadine Landry, bass & vocals; Stephen "Sammy" Lind, fiddle & vocals; . One of the finest American Old-time stringbands performing today. All acoustic house concerts and house dances like this are one of the ways old-time stringband music was originally experienced. It still is so today at Deep End Sessions. This is Set 2 of the Complete Concert Film. Set 1 is also posted. Directed & Produced by David Bunn. Audio recording/mixing Stephen Schauer. Cameras Stephen Schauer, Cody Edison, Alex Blair & Amanda Vincelli. Edited by David Bunn & Alex Blair. Watch in 1080 HD and listen to hifi audio with good speakers or headphones. © Deep End Sessions 2018


Rayna Gellert

This is a live recording of Rayna Gellert performing the old time fiddle tune, Glory In The Meetinghouse, as part of an all acoustic Deep End Sessions concert before a full house. Luther Strong’s version of the tune was recorded by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress in 1937. Despite what might be inferred from the title, the tune apparently has no connections with hymnody, although Jeff Titon says “the C and B’ parts suggest the excitement of ‘shouting’ (getting happy, feeling the Spirit) in a church.” According to musicologist Jeff Titon, Hiram Stamper told Bruce Greene that "Glory in the Meetinghouse" was a contest tune that he originally learned from Bev Baker, a notorious figure but an influential fiddler. Stamper also indicated the tune was known to other fiddlers at the time and that Baker had played it in the 1919 Berea fiddle contest. Luther Strong says, “I won $500 on this tune” at the end of his LC AFS field recording. The tune has similarities to the bluegrass composition “Jerusalem Ridge.” See The Traditional Tune Archive. Live film audio by Stephen Schauer. Directed by David © 2018 Deep End Sessions.


The Revelers

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.