Windy Hill will be at the Sequoias in Portola Valley this Friday at 8. We will feature Windy Hill founder Henry Warde on the mandolin and vocals and Ella Naiman on the old time fiddle. They will also be joining us this month at Sam’s BBQ. That is all for now. But there is more to come…including fiddle player Alex Sharps!
Windy Hill at Sequoias This Friday
Windy Hill in Gilroy at Brown Barn Fest Saturday 10/12!
Had a great show in San Francisco last week! We’ll be at the Brown Barn Bluegrass festival this Saturday at 9 pm. Lots of our other buddies will be playing this mini-fest as well. There should be fun picking and whatnot, and all at a discount price!
Hardly Strictly After Party
Henry & Ella Join Us at Sam’s BBQ Tuesday, Sept. 24
Hey friends, wanted to give everyone a heads up about our regular Sam’s Barbecue show this month. Windy Hill co-founder Henry Warde and Ella Naiman, who fiddled with us in 2010, will be joining us for our show on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Thomas is out of town, so Henry will be on guitar duty. He might bring the mandolin too for a little Peter’s Dream. This will be our first time playing together since they moved home from Georgia, so don’t miss this opportunity to come and see us pick and sing again! Of course, the show is free and from 6 to 9 p.m.
WH Featured on New SF Bluegrass Compilation
Happy to announce that we’re part of this great new project, Bluegrass Signal‘s From the Hills and Hollers of San Francisco. Bluegrass Signal is a radio show hosted by the Bay Area’s Peter Thompson on 91.7 KALW FM. We’re honored to be a part of such a great compilation of music by such talented musicians. The CD will be released Saturday, September 14. Check out KALW.org for details.
Back in California and Rolling
Our summer tour is over and we are back home and happy. We had such a great time traveling around the country, playing music and meeting great people everywhere we went. We can’t wait for our next tour!
We have about three or four public gigs this month and a couple private shows. For some of these we will be joined by Andy O’Brien on the mandolin. Andy helped us out with the last couple shows on tour and did a great job. He’s a native of Menlo Park and plays the kind of mandolin we like! As always, we will be at Amnesia on the 3rd Monday and Sam’s BBQ on the 4th Tuesday. After 7 weeks on the road, we are sounding as good as ever! Hope to see you at our upcoming shows!
The tour continues to exceed expectations. We’ve had a great time so far on all of our Northwest stops. The inaugural Steamboat Bluegrass Festival in Olympia was a major highlight, thanks to everyone involved there for putting together such a great event.
Tuesday, August 30, we’re in Portland at the White Eagle with our pals Left Coast Country. Then Wednesday it’s a little south to the Wilsonville Pub for an early 6 p.m. show. Things heat up Thursday when we head to the Calapooia Brewery in Albany. ‘Pooia makes some of the best brew in the state, and we’re going to have a blast over there. Then Friday it’s back to the Axe & Fiddle in Cottage Grove with the Harmed Brothers, and Saturday in Eugene we’re at Sam Bond’s Garage after a matinee show at the Whiteaker Block Party. We’ll also be in Bend on Monday, check out the calendar for all details!
Lastly, check out our Soundcloud page for today’s post of some audio from our great weekend at the Darrington Bluegrass Festival. We had a great time there, such an incredible festival and place. Here’s some of our set:
We’re on Tour!
Writing this post from Port Angeles, WA, where the microbrews flow like the salmon of Capistrano. So far we are having an amazing time — Ashland with $8 Mountain was a hoot, Corvallis with the Kentucky Crawdad is always a blast, Luarelthirst in Portland felt like home, and the Darrington Bluegrass Festival in Washington was one of the best festivals we’ve ever attended. It feels so good to be back on the road playing shows and sharing our music. Good thing is, plenty of more music to be played and road to travel!
Check out the rest of our tour dates for where we’re heading next. We’re about to load up the van and head south now after heading North for 10 days. First Olympia, then Portland and a slew of Oregon dates before east to Idaho. Hope to see you on the road!
Thanks for stopping by, Tally Ho!
We’re on Summer Tour!
Summer Tour starts this weekend! We will be keeping everyone updated from the road, so make sure to check in regularly to see what we are up to. Also, check out our Facebook page for more regular updates. We can’t wait to get on the road! California, you can catch us before we take off on Tuesday, July 16. Oregon, we’ll be all over you! Washington, Idaho, Utah, Montana, we’re comin’ your way! Seeya soon.
Positive Reviews for Lonesome Garbage Man
We’re pleased to say the general reaction to Lonesome Garbage Man has been really positive! We thought you’d like it! Check out Bluegrass Today’s review of our new album, and also see below for what others are saying. You can buy our CD here, or of course at any of our shows.
Windy Hill has an obvious appreciation and enthusiasm for the “old school” Bluegrass sound. The opening track featuring Ryan Breen’s driving banjo says it all: this is not modern new grass americana, this is hard-driving ’50s Jimmy Martin influenced BLUEGRASS! Windy Hill band members wrote all but two tracks on this, their second album, and they are keeping the lyrical style and content of these songs faithfully in the same vein. The tunes are crisp, concise and in the pocket. These guys can pick!
Gopher In The Pumpkin Patch! Yay!”
From the hills and hollers of the San Francisco Bay Area comes a powerful blast of traditional bluegrass from Windy Hill. The original material on “Lonesome Garbage Man” is what grabs you first. This project is chock full of old-sounding songs and instrumentals that touch upon eternal bluegrass verities. The band sings and plays it just right, sounding as if they just came out of WCYB’s Farm and Fun Time morning radio show in Bristol, Virginia opening for the Stanley Brothers. At a time when you can have as many kinds of bluegrass as there are coffee choices at your local café, Windy Hill’s brand of bluegrass is straight up, with no sugar or cream add and enough of a jolt to keep you wide awake into next week.”
I counted the years I’ve been listening to Bay Area bluegrass and West Coast bluegrass in general — it adds up to about 55 – and this band of young urbanites is the first I’ve heard to truly evoke a certain traditional strain of the music I might characterize briefly as firmly within the “Stanley Bros./Red Allen spectrum.” But with their collective originality they go beyond that and the other kinds of “industrial-strength honkytonk barroom bluegrass” the members obviously love. Yes, you can say this is youthful “California bluegrass” – but with a very special twist you won’t hear anywhere else.”