Sweetwater String Band is cello driven “soulgrass”, founded in the Eastern Sierra of California in 2008. Beginning with a weekly gig at their local bar, the band quickly found themselves on the biggest stage in the area less than a year later at the Millpond Music Festival. “My hat goes off to Sweetwater String Band for finding a singular sound that seamlessly melds the sensibilities of traditional and progressive bluegrass (Shakedown News).” Melding their creative lyrics with their unique style, Sweetwater String Band’s music often deals with serious issues such as workers’ rights and finding middle ground in todays divided political arena. This seriousness is balanced by ghost stories, drinking songs, improvised jams, and tales from the long, lonesome road. Gideon Thomas of No Depression describes their lateset album River of Rhymes as: “a work of both intimacy and wide-scale, cinematic vistas…instantly likeable, a truly worthy listen. The songs are great, their playing immaculate, and their approach and subject matters fascinating.”
Mandolinist Scott Roberts and cellist David Huebner write the material, and together with Jeff Meadway on guitar, and Patrick Ferguson on bass, work out the arrangements. They have completed two full length albums, and have a third in the works. Recent festival appearances include the Huck Finn Jubilee, Kate Wolf Festival, RapidGrass, YarmonyGrass, Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, and Parkfield Bluegrass, as well as upcoming appearances at the Fall Strawberry Music Festival, Millpond Music Festival (3rd appearance), and Lost Sierra Hoedown (2nd appearance). It’s worth noting that cellist David Huebner has a deep classical music background. Starting at the age of 7, he won numerous competitions and performed countless concerts around his home in Los Angeles, including a performance at the Hollywood Bowl, and twice appearing nationally on the Disney Channel.
More info and EPK at: sweetwaterstringband.com