Kevin Russell of The Rhythm Rangers & THE WESTERN SWING CARAVAN
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Tuesday, May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$10
Western swing music has deep roots in California. Whether it’s Bob Wills famous band filling dance halls and making Hollywood movies in the 40’s and 50’s, Asleep at the Wheel’s Marin county tenure in the 70’s, the great Lost Weekend band from the east bay that continues to this day or Sonoma country’s own Western Swing Caravan this is music that that recalls the enormously popular swing dance music of the Texas Playboys!
The Western Swing Caravan is a collection of many of the bay area’s finest musician’s. Markie Sanders is a bay area resident with a long history of performance and recording with many of California’s most beloved performers. During her fourteen year tenure in Nashville she had numerous appearances on CMT television and the Grand Old Opry. Markie is a consumate musican, a sought after teacher and the musical heartbeat of the band. Cori Wood is a singer equally comfortable in jazz, folk, swing or country music. She is often seen performing with local cowboy legend, Scott Gerber, and with various blues, country and jazz bands. As both a soloist or back-up singer she brings a quality of warmth & authenticity to her performance. She is currently recording her first “solo” CD. Both Bobby and fiddle ace, Blaine Sprouse, also play in the bay area band Lost Weekend. Sprouse has played with all the heavy weights in bluegrass music from Bill Monroe to his current residence in Peter Rowan’s bluegrass band. And is considered by many to be among the top fiddle players in the country. Rick Cutler is the drummer with all the groove. His impeccable timing drives the band and makes the group swing! An enormously popular stickman, he plays with many rock, blues, jazz and Americana bands in Sonoma county. Kevin Russell is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He performs regularly in the rockin’ blues band, The Rhythm Rangers and with the bluegrass-ish group, Kevin Russell & his So Called Friends.
In addition, he is the driving force behind The Sebastopol Guitar Festival, held in early February. He has appeared as a sideman on 21 local recordings by songwriters & groups, has recorded five CD’s with his various bands and has five CD’s out under his name. His newest project, an all swing music collection is called Country Swing and was released in January 2016. He is a former DJ and writes CD reviews for the online website Freight Train Boogie. com. And, lastly, Kevin has performed as a side player for a number of local songwriters, including Michael Capella, Mark McLay, Teresa Tudury, Doug Jayne, Audrey Auld, Terry Pinnegar, Greg Abel, Greg Scherer, Amy McCarley & more.