SWBA Member Bands

The Southwest Bluegrass Association has some of the finest quality bluegrass bands as SWBA member bands

SWBA is proud to have these bands as SWBA Member Bands of our association and we encourage all to support them.

As a service to the public, we give out a list of all SWBA Member Bands whenever anyone requests a band for a performance. Click on any SWBA Member Bands name below to view that band’s website or FB page.

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Back Porch Bluegrass Band

Southwest Bluegrass Association Member Bands, Back Porch is a Southern California Bluegrass Band. Book them for your next event.

Phelan, CA           760-868-2850  Frank          Facebook

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 Bill Dempsey Music 

Bill Dempsey is a singer who accompanies himself on guitar/5 string banjo/dulcimer/harmonica/trombone/pocket trumpet/Cajon/etc. Originally a trombonist he has expanded his array of instruments to the point where he is truly a ONE MAN BAND! Bill does shows for children, seniors, families, festivals (large & small, libraries, schools, wedding ceremonies, parties (large & small).

Website        Laguna Niguel, CA          949-357-7333  Bill Dempsey

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Bluegrass Brethren

 The Bluegrass Brethren ministry began in the spring of 1977. Since that time they have performed their down-home country music at churches, retreats, concerts, and festivals.  On stage, their tasteful humor and spiritual emphasis make for a find, Christ-centered event. Bluegrass Brethren current members, each have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They have committed their talents to the sharing of the gospel through music and to the encouragement of believers everywhere.

Website        Long Beach, CA          562-428-6179          Facebook

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Bodie Mountain Express

      Homeland, CA          951-283-3591          Facebook

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 Burning Heart Bluegrass

 There is nothing like the sound of a guitar, banjo, mandolin,  fiddle, and dog house base when they get into that special Bluegrass groove. Add to those high-powered vocals and soaring harmonies and you have Burning Heart Bluegrass.

Website         Los Angeles, CA         310-773-6753         Facebook

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 Chris Cerna and The BluegrassRepublic

Chris Cerna & the Bluegrass Republic is based out of the Inland Empire in Southern California. They are a group of talented and seasoned musicians who have come together to share their passion and love for bluegrass. A dedicated band that specializes in hard-driving, traditional & contemporary bluegrass. Their ability to provide clean instrumentals and tight harmonies, is guaranteed to satisfy even the most critical of bluegrass music fans.

          Loma Linda, CA         808-782-1275          Facebook

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Cornbread Washtub Band
Website          Corona, CA           951-372-8266 
 

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Cross Your Fingers
Fullerton, CA          714-488-8267

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Damascus Road

There is a special kind of music that comes from a family. The Allmans, The Bee Gees, The Jacksons; all family bands, and all possessed a bond that drew from a well much deeper than just music. Damascus Road Bluegrass is a band born of family, reared of simple roots, and honed by years of commitment and dedication.

Damascus Road is Bill Hudson, Richard Gifford, John Gifford and Larry Gifford. The Gifford boys are brothers and the Hudson boy was grafted into the family with an unbreakable oath sworn over a dozen 10-cent cheeseburgers piled high upon a sacred banjo, or so the tale is told.

Over their 35-year history, Damascus Road has been entertaining audiences with their contemporary musical stylings and unique sense of humor. They’ve shared the stage with many legends of bluegrass, even Bill Monroe himself, and have ministered with Jack Hayford (Church on the Way), Chuck Swindoll (Insight for Living), and Greg Laurie (Harvest Ministries). In addition to the hundreds of venues and churches across the U.S., they have also toured Europe with the USO and been headline performers at Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and San Diego’s Wild Animal Park.

With the experience gained by years of work and thousands of performances, the guys are masters of their craft, tailoring each of their shows to the venues and audience. Traditional bluegrass programs, lively contemporary jams (complete with drums, congas, organ and electric guitar) and heartfelt praise & worship sets are carefully developed to entertain and inspire.

Website         Riverside, CA          Facebook

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Dixie Sunshine

 Dixie Sunshine is collective band specializing in folk, spirituals, gospel, rock, country, and contemporary Christian music, all with a unique flare.

Cherry Valley , CA           909-557-3617          Facebook

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Frequent Flyers
Blue Diamond, NV           702-875-3579

Grasslands

GRASSLANDS is an award-winning bluegrass band based in Southern California.

As the 2013 first place winning band at the 48 Hour Bluegrass Band Showdown in Bakersfield sponsored by the California Bluegrass Association, you are guaranteed to a great time. Their tight vocal harmonies and solid musicianship are what you can look forward to hearing.  Will Baird said, “You guys stole the show with your tight harmonies and that great balanced sound.”

A favorite at bluegrass festivals and private parties, the five-member band includes Dave Richardson, former Don Ho musician on banjo, Shelah Spiegel, contest winner on fiddle and vocals, Tim O’Brien, multi-instrumentalist on Dobro and vocals, Jim Cooper, lightning quick on lead guitar and vocals, and Fred Wade, solid rhythm man on bass.

Their vocals set them apart from other groups with their intricate and heartfelt harmonies. Their eclectic mix of traditional and new Bluegrass, Swing, Country and Rock’N’Roll classics, are all performed in a bluegrass fashion. This exciting band will have you tapping your feet, crying in your beer and mesmerizing you with their music.

Website   Fountain Valley, CA 714-454-1976         Facebook

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Grinder Country

Grinder Country is a Country/Bluegrass family band who enjoys making music to share with all of you. Thank you for being apart of our musical journey.

Orange CA           714-865-9729          Facebook

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Highview
Barstow CA        760-953-8520

James Reams & The Barnstormers

James Reams sounds “as smoky as his heroes: Lester, Carter, and Red.” ~ Banjo Newsletter

James Reams has been a bluegrass bandleader for over 20 years. Coming from a family of traditional singers in southeastern Kentucky, James has played both old-time and bluegrass music since he was just a little sprout. James is known as an “ambassador of Bluegrass” for his dedication to and deep involvement in the thriving bluegrass and Americana music community. To date, he has released nine CDs including a special DVD documentary about the band. His 2016 release, Rhyme & Season, is receiving high acclaim. In 2002, his self-titled album featuring Walter Hensley received an IBMA nomination for Recording Event of the Year and earned James an IBMA nomination as Emerging Artist of the Year. A single (Almost Hear the Blues) from his 2011 CD, One Foot in the Honky Tonk, charted nationally and the CD made 2 Top Ten Lists of 2011. His original songs are important additions to the bluegrass repertoire, keeping this tradition alive with contemporary issues and new sounds. And he’s no slouch on the guitar either! His guitar playing was highlighted in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine’s “Masters of Rhythm Guitar” column.
James Reams & the Barnstormers tread the terrain where bluegrass, old-time, classic country and folk meet in the night to swap stories. They feature driving rhythm and 3-part harmonies that take you back to a time before bluegrass was smoothed out for the uninitiated, the ill-prepared or the faint of heart. The band includes James on guitar and lead vocals; Billy Parker on mandolin and harmony; Evan Ward on banjo and harmony; and Dan Meyer on upright bass.

Website   Litchfield Park, AZ  718-374-1086          Facebook

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Lilies of the West

The Lilies of the West Band provides family entertainment, with a special emphasis on introducing children to traditional music. Often, at the end of a Lilies’ performance, audience members are invited to become part of the band, either as musicians or dancers.


What are people saying about the Lilies?  Read this article from See California Magazine.  (Click on the underlined text.)

The Lilies’ shows consist of music from Appalachia, Louisiana, (Cajun,) Ireland and Scotland, and are upbeat, toe-tapping events, complete with funny stories. If you, or your organization, would like to enjoy a family-friendly show, full of laughter, then the Lilies are for you! Member Bands 

The Lilies go on several tours each year, away from their Southern California home. The Lilies have performed at Silver Dollar City, just outside of Branson, Missouri. In past years, the Lilies have traveled to the largest traditional music festival in North America, located in Missouri Valley, Iowa, called the National Acoustic Music Festival. 

Website   Anaheim, CA  714-635-5834           Facebook

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MohaviSoul

Contemporary Bluegrass Americana Soul music

Encouraged by the resurgence of acoustic music, Randy Hanson and Mark Miller formed MohaviSoul in 2012 to create a new sound of contemporary bluegrass and Americana. As members of the San Diego Songwriters Meetup Group, a chance collaboration on two compositions (both of which can be heard on MohaviSoul’s first EP, Every Second) resulted in a musical kinship between Hanson and Miller. The duo joined forces to create soulful, folksy, Americana music with a contemporary bluegrass slant.

A portion of the band’s name pays homage to the high and lonesome nature of the desert; the boys restore your soul with their music. If you’re looking for a unique music experience for your wedding, benefit, private party, house concert or other events. Member Bands

Website   San Diego, CA    619-379-3288           Facebook

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Murphy Family Band

 The Murphy Family Band plays an exciting mix of traditional and original bluegrass music.  Based in Culver City, California, the Murphy Family Band began performing for friends and neighbors in 2003.  Since that time they have expanded their repertoire to include many of the bluegrass classics by artists such as Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs and The Stanley Brothers in addition to their own compositions.  They placed first in the band contest at the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle contest in 2010 and have performed at coffee houses, pizza parlors and many other venues around Southern California.  SWBA member bands

Website   Culver City, CA   310-559-3095  Facebook

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Nu-Blu

Nu-Blu’s full, welcoming sounds provide a home for listeners and encourage them to explore new sounds.

Nu-Blu is from North Carolina and is comprised of Carolyn, who handles bass and vocals. TJ Honaker on vocals and banjo; Clint White, on mandolin and fiddle. Daniel, who is the bands’ guitarist, singer, manager, and tour coordinator, among many other roles. This group brings its lively and entertaining version of the Americana-bluegrass music to audiences across the nation year-round.Their sound acknowledges the traditional institutions that have shaped it. Yet is innovative and daring enough to bring a fresh sparkle to contemporary acoustic music Member Bands

Website    Siler City, NC   336-736-7297  Facebook

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 Out of the Desert

This Las Vegas-based band offers smooth and powerful harmonies are a signature of an Out of the Desert show. Featuring 2-time Nevada state fiddle champion Rick Seligman, Mark Sanders on banjo, John Lundmark on guitar and Brian Burns on bass and mandolin. They have become a southwest favorite as a featured act at festivals and many Las Vegas venues. Such as the House of Blues, Container Park, Downtown events Center, Chelsea Ballroom and more. excellent musicianship and vocals. Out of the Desert has performed for the last 7 years, playing from a set list of over 150 songs. Each show is unique and tailored to the crowd, with three lead vocalists, their s

Las Vegas, NV  70221-5-5615   Facebook

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Paradise Junction
Fountain Valley, CA 714-421-1505

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Portneuf Gap Bluegrass Band

Authentic Bluegrass Music Played From the Heart

Website     Arimo, ID    208-251-0575

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 Sagebrush String Band

Sagebrush Stringband is committed to preserving and presenting the old-time sound of traditional American Bluegrass and Old-Time music. Influences and sources of songs range from Charlie Poole (1920s) to the more traditional groups performing today (such as Foghorn Stringband, Dry Branch Fire Squad, and Doyle Lawson—to name a few). Sagebrush Stringband has been performing in the Las Vegas Valley since the Summer of 2008 at such events as the Boulder City Spring Jamboree, City and County activities, and local all-band concerts.

Las Vegas, NV   702-373-1926    Facebook

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Stillhouse Road

Stillhouse Road features the talents of Joe and  Paula Ferrario, offering a unique and enjoyable bluegrass experience for audiences of all ages.

Inspired by the heart and soul of bluegrass music, they also add a special blend of original songs, mountain music, classic country, and bluegrass gospel to the mix. The music comes alive with vibrant vocals and the acoustic rhythms of guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and bass.

Currently booking for concerts, festivals, and special events within Southern Utah and surrounding Western States.  SWBA member bands

Website   St. George, UT 435-674-1226  Facebook

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Stuck In Reverse

 Based out of Las Vegas, Stuck in Reverse brings a wide variety of bluegrass, gospel and original material to the stage. They have performed bluegrass festivals in California, Arizona, and Utah. In 2013, they opened for Rhonda Vincent, the “Queen of Bluegrass.”  SWBA member bands

Website  Henderson, NV   702-361-2116  Facebook

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The Brombies

The Brombies are based in the Los Angeles area and have been keeping bluegrass music alive there since way back in the 20th century, when Jo Ellen and George began to twang & high lonesome together.

The Brombies feature George Doering on mando, Jo Ellen Doering with vocals, Patrick Sauber on Banjo, John Plotnick on guitar and Keith Rosier on bass.

With the combined talent and experience of these five lifelong musicians, you’ll be treated to exciting traditional and original bluegrass inspiration. And yes, we’re named for the wild horses of Australia’s Snowy River country.

        Los Angeles, CA   323-874-0583

Website     Facebook

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 The Bladerunners

 Combining an engaging country-flavored vocal sound with tasty and timely instrumental work, The BladeRunners have been continual if not tenaciously refining their sound since their inception in 1998. With a mind that asks, “hey, what’s happening now?”, and a heart that exclaims, “what’s happened already is where it’s at!”, this band is geared up to present a well-balanced and soothing musical experience that will resonate deep within the heart of every bluegrass and country soul.

David Dickey III, co-founder of The BladeRunners, plays a blistering mandolin and sings soulful lead and harmony baritone vocals. The band performs many of David’s contemporary original songs, including the title track from the BladeRunner’s new CD, “Another Day.”

Guitarist and lead singer, John Corzine, grew up in the festivals and contests of Southern California and has played with some of the region’s finest bands. A flatpicker inspired by the likes of Doc Watson and Clarence White, John is a first-rate singer with a warm, expressive tone.

On bass and vocals is newest BladeRunner Peggy Corzine, a veteran Orange County player and singer with credits including her work with husband John and son Cody (the Corzines) and Disneyland’s Pinewood Pickers.

Plus the much sought after, highly respected son of old-time banjo and fiddle master Tom Sauber, Patrick Sauber electrifies audiences with his brand of high-energy, note-perfect, risk-taking improvisations on a variety of instruments. Sauber has performed or recorded with a stellar list of artists, including Doc Watson, Curly Seckler, Dan Crary, The Fabulous Limeliters, and Cliff Wagner & the Old No. 7. Appearing in “A Mighty Wind,” he has a film credit as well. You can catch him currently as a member of Laurie Lewis and The Right Hands, Loafer’s Glory, and The Brombies. He plays banjo and is the tenor vocalist for The BladeRunners.

In 1997 David Dickey III and Billy Reid were playing with David Dickey and the Slover Mtn. Boys and saw Dave Brown performing with Alive & Picking and wanted to start a new band with him. The three talked and jammed together for the first time in front of some old RV’s in the campground of the 1997 Norco Bluegrass Festival for about an hour and then vowed to keep their eyes peeled for a guitar player to complete a new 4-piece ensemble to be named later. David met Sandy Mac Lean at a SWBA jam later that year when Sandy was playing mandolin and singing tenor to his father Don Mac Lean’s lead vocal and hardcore banjo playing. Sandy convinced David that he could also play guitar and sing lead, so David asked Sandy to come over to his mom’s old house and audition. Sandy broke into the first verse of “Raining, Raining, Raining” and by the end of the song David was calling Billy to hold the phone up so Billy could hear the new guitar player for the new band. David and Billy were both screaming excitedly back and forth on the phone that they had found the missing piece. Within a couple of weeks, in October of 1997, David, Billy, Dave, and Sandy started rehearsing and then booked the 1998 Norco Bluegrass Festival under the name “The Grasshoppers”. When the flyers started showing up at other events, they noticed that they had been billed as “Grasshopper”…they didn’t care, they were on the map!  SWBA member bands

San Bernardino, CA   714-323-8065  Facebook

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The Get Down Boys

The Get Down Boys have been a staple in the Southern California Bluegrass scene over the past six years. They have performed all over the country including appearances at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Joe Val Festival, OGDEN, Grass Valley Bluegrass, The Grammy’s P&E Events honoring T-Bone Burnett & Neil Young, The Hollywood Bowls Summer Sounds Series, The Porchlight Sessions Nashville Premier at the Franklin Theatre with Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers, FOX’s Good Day LA, performances with Ed Helms, John C Reilly, John Mayer, Willie Watson, and has provided music for Comedy Central’s Brickleberry.

With a recent major lineup change, the band is fresh and ready for a new approach. The boys have just released an EP of original material and personal favorites with a new spin the band is known for. The group currently consists of Israel Parker on dobro, Mark Cassidy of The Hillbenders(Compass Records), Evan Winsor on bass, and Scott Gates on guitar. The boys are excited to be making music together and ready to make a mark on the national bluegrass scene. SWBA member bands

Los Angeles, CA   203-216-3908   [email protected]

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Virtual Strangers

When you’re looking for bluegrass in San Diego the Virtual Strangers won’t be too far away!

The Virtual Strangers were formed in 1992 in Napa, California. Originally, the members were Mike Tatar Sr. on banjo, Mike Tatar Jr. on fiddle, Jon Cherry on mandolin, Jerry Harwood on guitar, and Yvonne Tatar on bass. Given their location, the band played many gigs for wineries, private parties, street fairs, and mini-festivals. Due to corporate downsizing the Cherrys in ’94, and the Tatars in ’96 relocated to San Diego County. Since moving to the San Diego area the Virtual Strangers have reformed and performed at many local events. The band currently consists of Mike Sr., Jon, Yvonne, and Kit Birkett.

Virtual Strangers sound is a mixture of traditional, Stanley, Monroe, and Flatt and Scruggs material with more progressive material from Blue Highway, Lonesome River Band, and some Del McCoury. Usually, a four-piece, banjo, guitar, mandolin, and bass they are still able to produce nice three-part harmony with all musicians singing on one song or another.
Virtual Strangers are members of the San Diego Bluegrass Society (SDBS), North County Bluegrass and Folk Club (NCBFC), California Bluegrass Association (CBA), Southwest Bluegrass Association (SWBA), and the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).
Virtual Strangers have played at a number of wineries in both Napa, California, and Temecula, California. They have played at the Summergrass Bluegrass Festival, www.summergrass.net, in Vista, Ca. The Julian Bluegrass Festival, in Julian, Ca., The Brawley Cattle Call in Brawley, Ca. The Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, (Camp Rude), in Parkfield, Ca., the Sam Hinton Folk Festival in San Diego, Ca, Sea World, San Diego, Ca. Blythe Bluegrass Festival, Blythe, Ca. The band has also opened for Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, James King, Special Consensus and have shared the stage with Bluegrass Etc., California, the Dillards, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Lost Highway, and Fragment. The Strangers took 1st place at the 2007 Arizona Bluegrass Band contest in Wickenburg, Az.
Not known to many, the band has an alter ego named the Tatar Patch Bluegrass Buddies where they perform an educational set at schools, and children’s music camps and programs.  SWBA member bands

Website   Poway, CA  858-622-7915 Facebook

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Wimberley Bluegrass

 Wimberley Bluegrass Band is comprised entirely of four siblings based in Southern California!  They provide fun and wholesome musical entertainment, and strive to keep the traditional sounds of bluegrass music alive and well by taking it to new audiences. SWBA member bands

 Danielle Wimberley plays the mandolin, James Wimberley plays banjo, Mark Wimberley, his twin, plays guitar, and Michael Wimberley plays the fiddle.  They all sing, with Michael usually taking the lead and the others singing that tight harmony unique to family groups.  They are honored to be endorsing artists with some great companies: Weber Mandolin Company, Deering Banjo Company, Black Diamond Strings, and L.R. Baggs acoustic pickups.

  The band has performed at many Bluegrass festivals in Southern California, such as the Huck Finn Jubilee, where the headlining band twice at the Big Bear Bluegrass Festival, and have toured through Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Nashville, Tennessee in the last several summers.  They have also performed at various places in Northern and Southern California with award winning guitarist Dennis Agajanian.  February 2015, their song “Hard Working Man” was featured in an episode of ABC’s nationally broadcasted sitcom “The Middle”, and the same year, Danielle and James were featured playing mandolins in a KFC commercial.  The siblings have been very involved at Chapman University, where they all attended with varying business majors; they performed in the nationally televised Christmas program, performed Carol Barnett’sThe World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass with the university choir, and shared the story of bluegrass music at TEDxChapmanU.  In May, the siblings gained regional attention as all four of them graduated from Chapman University with bachelor’s degrees at the same time!

 he Wimberley siblings got started in music by listening to Vintage Country and Bluegrass and then soon developed a love for the music.  They asked their parents for instruments for Christmas 2006 and taught themselves to play them.  They learned many songs by going to jams and by listening to their favorite Bluegrass artists, such as Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Doyle Lawson, and Ricky Skaggs.  The Wimberleys’ first performance was in January of 2008.

  The Wimberley siblings did not initially plan to be a professional band, but after receiving much encouragement through many repeated requests to perform, they realized that there was a great demand for a young sibling band that played such a delightful genre of music as bluegrass.  Then the siblings, with one mind, wholeheartedly agreed to pursue this as an ongoing business.

  They continue to delight audiences in and around Southern California on a regular basis and just released a brand new album, “Traveling”, in August. It features six original songs written by the band members as well as some more familiar and classic songs.

Website          Santa Ana CA          714-538-8321          Facebook

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SWBA Member Bands last updated 12/19/2017