Over time laced with an array of musical influences and experiences, Arthur Watership has cultivated a unique sound and style that is often compared to Kate Bush, Tori Amos and Scout Niblet. The band is built of a small and sturdy crew of musicians on a variety of instruments ranging from pedal steel to the rare Viola da Gamba.
The Creston Line is a band from Atascadero, California formed by singer-songwriter Jon Bartel in 2015. Their sound can best be described as "Twang Pollution Music," a genre-descriptor derived from an insult hurled at them by a disgruntled audience member.
Troubadour crooner Jody Mulgrew has been accompanying his own unmistakable tenor voice with an acoustic guitar for years, first as the front man for the Johnny Starlings and for almost a decade as a solo artist. His romantic songs and playful melodies appeal to hearts of all ages.
Singer-Songwriter Mark Adams is a California native who has been writing and recording original music for 20 years. Songs from last year’s release, Switcheroo, can be heard regularly on KCBX, and he will have a brand new full-length record debuting this year at Live Oak 2018.
The Cache Valley Drifters have been pushing the boundaries of American acoustic music for over four decades. CVDʻs sound is a blend of a wide range of musical styles and influences with a focus on vocals rich with harmony. While their music sits on a solid foundation of Bluegrass and Folk, they create a collective alchemy of all musical interests the individual members bring to the table.
The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men were born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Influenced by those early surroundings, songwriters Jamie and Kellen Coffis blend folk, blues, R&B and straight-ahead rock – evidence of an upbringing spent listening to records from Tom Petty, Neil Young, and The Beatles.
Niki J Crawford and her band bring the heat with a high-energy soul get-down. The actress and singer-songwriter crafts poignant lyrics and creates music with a Soul-Funk-R&B sound that you can feel. Niki has been singing since she was 6-years-old. From her roots as the lead soloist in her hometown church choir to her recently completed touring, her talent has continued to evolve as one of the strongest emerging voices in popular music. The former lead singer of Orgone, Niki continues to write and perform, leading with her trademark aura of unconditional love and sensuality that fuels a vocal passion with the ease of a veteran performer. Niki has said that her goal is to make feel-good music and great films with an energy that inspires and alleviates negativity.
The Sons of the Soul Revivers, a Vallejo-based gospel quartet, was formed in 1970 by three brothers to carry on the work of their father’s original Soul Revivers from the 1960s. The brothers, guitarist/singer Walter Morgan Sr., and singers James and Dwayne Morgan, have spent a lifetime of singing in church together and, with their band, present hand-clapping, soul-reviving traditional gospel music that will lift your spirit.
Bryan Titus Trio returns to Live Oak with their bluegrass and American roots music. Recently touted as a “Postmodern Barn Dance” band, they write and perform toe-tapping tunes that evoke themes and melodies of yesterday with a pinch of modern irony.
Inspired by songs from all over the world with a special nod towards American jazz standards, Inga Swearingen blends her influences into a juxtaposition of styles and emotions. Guy Budd is a longtime local performer whose masterful guitar work and smoky vocals imbue his blend of blues, rock, funk and jazz.
Aki Kumar's debut album for Little Village Foundation, “Aki Goes To Bollywood”, is a true representation of his musical DNA — classic 1950s/60s Bollywood and down-home American blues. Recorded at San Jose's world-renowned Greaseland studios and co-produced by Aki Kumar along with multiple-BMA nominee/winner Kid Andersen and Little Village Foundation's Jim Pugh, this project features outstanding music delivered by the SF Bay Area's finest blues musicians.
The songs on Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band’s old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk. Amanda says of the album, “I think it’s just about life and all that that entails. Including but not limited to death, strangers, birthdays, money, leaving, arriving, seasons, corruption, and love.”
The San Francisco band Con Brio is the offspring of seven musicians with diverse backgrounds but a shared love for vibrant Bay Area funk and psychedelic soul pioneered by groups like Sly & the Family Stone. The band’s music is a declaration of independence that you can dance to; an assertion of what can happen when the human spirit is truly free.
The Dustbowl Revival is an Americana Soul band with eight full-time members who mash the sounds of New Orleans funk, bluegrass, soul, pre-war blues, and roots music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. Dustbowl is touring behind their self-titled, fourth studio album which spent three weeks on Billboard charts, hit #1 on Amazon Americana-Alt-Country, #2 on Amazon Folk, and has spent 13 weeks on the Americana radio chart peaking in the Top 20.
From his home state of Arkansas to his home in Los Angeles, Joe Purdy has recorded a baker’s dozen worth of albums. Steeped in the tradition of folk artists such as Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs, he applies his unique skills as a writer, vocalist and passionate observer and participant of our times to his music.
The best rock music has a story to tell. JD McPherson's new record chronicles a series of upheavals, frustrations, roadblocks, and kismet—a cross-country move, failed creative relationships, a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity, and learning to love making music again by letting go.
Legendary R&B and Gospel singer Mavis Staples returns to Live Oak with her latest album, "If All I Was Was Black" (ANTI- Records), ten songs about an America that is still facing the racism that Mavis marched against with Martin Luther King Jr in the ‘60s. This album embraces the idea that the country can redeem itself, that we can, one by one, each rise above our worst selves.