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Performer Bios

The lineup for the 2015 FaLL Festival is listed below. The lineup can also be viewed as a Schedule Grid if you prefer. Lastly, the lineups for previous festivals can be found in the Performer Archive.

Fall 2015

ThursdaySeptember 3

4:00 PMHannah Jane Kile

Opening the Fall Festival is Hannah Jane Kile, a 20 year old songbird who conveys strength and vulnerability with her sweetly robust voice. Inspired by her hero Bonnie Raitt, Hannah is pushing beyond the idea of being a “Singer who plays” to be a “Player who sings”. Hannah’s songwriting skills paired with her guitar work effortlessly weaves the melodies of strength in overcoming obstacles, of coming of age and the overall human experience. Relish both her playing and singing in the lovely “Chaileen’s Song”

5:15 PMThe Little Fuller Band

With origins formed right here at Strawberry, Twain Harte’s own Little Fuller Band is more than just a local favorite; they’re weaving their way into the Northern California scene with their magnetism, whip-smart songwriting, and charmingly grounded musicianship. Combining folk, bluegrass, country, rock, gypsy, and punk, every song breathes its own dynamic velocity. There will be magic in the air as this much anticipated ensemble makes their way to the Main Stage. Here they are covering “The Weight” with the one and only Joe Craven

6:45 PMDead Winter Carpenters

With a sound that blends Americana roots-rock with a tinge of straightforward ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ Alt. Country, Lake Tahoe’s own Dead Winter Carpenters have an edge that’s as hard-hitting as it is whimsical. Vocal melodies and five part harmonies meld with ferocious fiddle, deep pounding upright bass, country ramblings of the telecaster and acoustic guitars, and boot-driving drums. Having been compared to alt-bluegrass pioneers New Grass Revival, their lively, kick-up-your-heels vibe is not to be missed. Their beautiful hometown roots shine through in this video for “West Shore Town”

8:15 PMDave Alvin and Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones

It took a near-death experience to reunite Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin, brothers at the heart of the roots hero band, The Blasters. The result of that reunion was their Grammy-nominated album “Common Ground” and the sound of a partnership rekindled. Now Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones are headed to the Strawberry Stage, just ahead of Dave and Phil’s second release “Lost Time”, a four-alarm fire of rocking rhythm. Here’s a preview of good times to come, even though this “World’s in a Bad Condition”

FridaySeptember 4

10:00 AMA.J. Lee

At just 17 years old, A.J. Lee is already a 5 time Female Vocalist of the Year winner from the Northern California Bluegrass Society. With her technically perfect vocals, mature onstage professionalism, and spot-on instrumentalism, it’s no wonder Mother Jones Magazine pondered, "Could This Kid Be the Next Alison Krauss?" Friday morning is not to be missed, when the enchanting young songstress makes her Strawberry debut. Take in the weight of emotion and depth of talent in “Every Part Of Me”

11:00 AMT Sisters

Gracing the Strawberry stage once again, the T Sisters intertwine exquisite harmonies with traditional and contemporary Americana. Drawing heavily from elements of folk, country, gospel and R&B, their music has been nurtured since childhood. Supporting and complementing the sisters’ inventive songwriting and acoustic instrumentation is bassist Steve Height and mandolinist/guitarist Andrew Allen Fahlander. Awaken and nourish your soul Friday morning with the sound of these angelic voices and crisp strings. Here’s a clip of their Prairie Home Companion performance of “Molasses”, from earlier this year

12:30 PMJelly Bread

Reno’s own musical alchemists Jelly Bread will be serving up Friday afternoon’s dance dish, infusing soul and funk with a dash of alternative; thoroughly steeped in Americana. Their past performances took the Music Meadow by storm and they fell in love with Strawberry’s “world of beautiful people, awesome music, incredible scenery, and just plain good vibes.” For those looking to make friends, while dancing in the aisles, this band is definitely for you! Get a feel for their brand of funk with this video of “Bad Man”

5:45 PMBrothers Comatose

Despite their name, The Brothers Comatose have become known nationwide for lively, high-energy performances. This remarkable 5-piece string ensemble from San Francisco draws from a deep knowledge of folk, rock, traditional and other genres, and blends it seamlessly with concise songwriting. Their unique sound and spirited live performances have been dubbed “Footstompabilly”. Whatever you call it, their set is sure to invoke a vigorously foot stomping, hand-clapping hoedown of a Friday night. For a glimpse of their life on the road and spirited connection with their audience, check out the video for “Church Street Blues”

7:15 PMHolly Williams

Part of the key to Holly Williams’ success as a singer-songwriter is that it’s never been her mission to try and live up to the legacy cast by her famous and prolific father and grandfather (Hank Jr. and Sr.) – nor has she spent a lot of time trying to live it down. Often compared to songwriters like John Prine, she’s made a name for herself with her prolific onstage energy and connection to the audience.
Check out her bittersweet connection to the road in this video for The Highway.

8:45 PMThe Wood Brothers

Give it up for the Wood Brothers closing Friday night with their irresistible melody of gripping vocals, crisply grooving basslines and guitar riffs, grounded out in soul shaking percussion. After pursuing separate careers, this ensemble is channeling shared musical heroes into original sound, while seizing upon their own classic songwriting style and forward thinking musicianship. We are thrilled that The Wood Brothers have found a showcase for their live chemistry on the Strawberry Stage! Hear them at WinterWonderGrass last year and prepare to fall in love with the sound of music

SaturdaySeptember 5

10:00 AMBryan Bowers

Along side such greats as Maybelle Carter, Kilby Snow and Sara Carter, stands Bryan Bowers in the Autoharp Hall of Fame. His dynamic storytelling and flawless technique foster an uncanny ability to enchant a crowd in practically any situation. It’s been said that calling his performance simply a “concert” is inadequate, that it is much better described as an “experience”. Saturday morning is sure to be an experience you won’t want to miss! Experience his charm with the sweetness of “Old Lovers”

11:00 AMThe Haunted Windchimes

Drawing from traditional folk and American roots, the music of The Haunted Windchimes has a vintage quality, as if their songs might have been written 75 years ago. Grounded in honeyed harmonies and spirited pickin’, lying in a nowhere terrain of distinct styles: not quite bluegrass, blues or country. Tales of empty train stations and nights of passing the moonshine bottle around will pull you bittersweetly into the land of the lonesome. Wrap yourself warmly in the bittersweet with this video for “Earthquake”

12:30 PMThe Broadcast

Led by powerhouse Caitlin Krisko, The Broadcast has been described as a modern day “Grace Slick meets Led Zeppelin”. Drawing much of their ambiance from 70’s classic rock, this dynamic ensemble is known for their explosive live performances highlighted by Krisko’s soaring vocals. With infectious energy and an authentic approach to rock ‘n roll, their Saturday afternoon set is guaranteed to be a smokin hot, groove-shaking good time! Their classic vibe and scorching vocals are showcased in “Every Step”

5:45 PMFruition

From broken down vans and whiskey shots, to the lovers and loved ones left behind, the members of Fruition were brought together by the lure of adventure. While this Portland, OR string-infused quintet racks up miles across the country, the struggles and successes of living a vagabond lifestyle are reflected in their tunes. Fruition’s fast and furious string picking, traditional country rhythm and rock n’ roll flare are sure to light up the night! Here they are performing “Get Along” at Cervantes Other Side in Denver last year:

7:15 PMThe California Honeydrops

The California Honeydrops don’t just play music— they throw parties. Year after year, their infectious mix of R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans style create an afternoon frenzy of dance activity, singing, and exuberant joy on the Music Meadow. This time around, they’ll be doing it under the light of the moon. Saturday night’s boogie-down fever is bound to be so contagious, even the trees will be shaking under a star-shimmying sky. Their sweet-tasting sound shines through in this video for “Carolina Peaches”

8:45 PMKeller William's Grateful Grass Featuring Members of the Infamous Stringdusters

Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass delivers anything-but-traditional bluegrass versions of Grateful Dead favorites. In Keller’s words, these gems are “loose interpretations of Grateful Dead songs mixed with psychedelic improvisational bluegrass”. Grateful Grass has a rotating lineup, and lucky for us, members of The Infamous Stringdusters will be a part of the magic on Saturday night. It’s sure to be an epic ride that you won’t want to miss!
Get a grateful glimpse of their groove in this video for “Bertha”.

SundaySeptember 6

9:00 AMSunday Morning Revival

4:15 PMCafé Musique

Blending rich flavors of gypsy jazz, romantic folk, wild classical and tango flare, the sounds of Cafe Musique invoke the feeling of taking a world tour atop a magic carpet. The lines are deliberately blurred and everything becomes a sound unique to this multitalented ensemble. Hailing from the central coast of California, they have drawn musical inspiration from performances ranging from living rooms to European cathedrals for over ten years. Enjoy this delightful sample of their alluring, old world style performed live

5:30 PMLindsay Lou & the Flatbellys

With roots in Michigan, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys have traversed the country since the release of “Release Your Shrouds” in 2012. The album showcased the band's meshing of Appalachian tradition with rootsy Michigan vigor. Their instruments and bedrock are solid bluegrass, but the overall sound is pure Americana. It’s music that’s caught between the pull of the past and the push of the future, ready to leap forward bursting with new ideas and youthful energy. Springing forth with that radiant mix of tradition and youth is “Old Song”

6:45 PMMarcia Ball

Singer/pianist Marcia Ball knows how to raise roofs and tear down walls with her infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional brand of southern boogie, rollicking, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads. Over the course of her three decade career, Ball has earned a huge and intensely loyal following all over the world with her exquisite piano playing and passionate, lively vocals fusing New Orleans and Gulf Coast R&B with Austin's deep songwriting tradition. Here’s Marcia telling it like it is in That’s How It Goes

8:15 PMBig Bad Voodoo Daddy

It’s been 11 years since Big Bad Voodoo Daddy graced the Strawberry stage, and boy are we thrilled to have them back! Stronger than ever, they hold fast to their decades-long mission of revitalizing America's original musical art form and bringing joy to audiences around the world. That swingin’ elation will certainly be larger than life when they wrap up the Festival Sunday night with their booming sound and massive presence. Why not put on your dancing shoes now, and sample a bit of splendor with “Why Me”