Welcome aboard local melody mavens, this is your SR Sessions ambassador speaking. We’ll be taking off momentarily, and we’re expecting a rollicking ride through the Santa Rosa music scene. So, unfasten your seatbelts and feel free to dance around the cabin. You’re about to soar to the local sounds of “The Out There Tapes: A Compilation by Gremlintone”.
Look, listen, learn and download below. But don’t forget to get out there to see these great performers live at your local venue.
And thank you for flying Out There, we hope you enjoy your trip.

“Since you’ve been Gone” by The Easy Leaves

Sonoma County musicians Sage Fifield (Guitar/Vocals) and Kevin Carducci (Bass/ Vocals) keep trucking on with their sweet country sound. Their most recent album, affectionately named “Fresno” released on Omega/Redeye, reflects their love for the laid back scene they found in the central California ag-town. They’re playing a string of West Coast shows this summer, but you can catch them in Sonoma County, at Rivertown Revival in Petaluma on July 22.

“Got to Have It” by Arann Harris

After stepping away from performing for 2016, Arann Harris recently snuck back onto the scene for a few choice gigs, and made a trip to Gremlintone. This rare and anticipated track is a visit from a major player in the local scene, who is sorely missed but far from gone! The track stays true to Harris’s mixture of chilling blues and gritty soul. Bringing the energy, poetry and wicked guitar licks that we all love.


“Sad and Lonesome” by The Brothers Comatose

“Sad and Lonesome” is a rompous ode to the songs that pull you out of the blues. Maybe this foot stompin’ five-piece bluegrass tune will be your new hot-summer pick me up. Petaluma natives Ben and Alex Morrison, on guitar, banjo and lead vocals, Gio Benedetti on bass, Philip Brezina shredding fiddle and Ryan Avellone topping it off with mandolin; their next nearby performance is in San Rafael on July 8 at San Rafael Summer Nights.

“Witness, Witness, Witness” by The Crux

Been wondering, “Where is The Crux?”? Well, now that band leader Josh Windmiller is done directing the Railroad Square Music Festival, Santa Rosa will be seeing more of one of their favorite bands. Voted best folk band by The Bohemian reader’s poll 3 times since their formation, The Crux’s most recent album Crux Interpretum (Aug/2016), was recorded to cassette tape at John Courage’s Gremlintone analog studio. You can catch them this summer at Rivertown Revival in Petaluma on July 22.

“Wandering Woman” by Ashley Allred

Nostalgic, Ethereal, and deep with feeling, song writer Ashley Allred previously of Odd Bird, rocks you into a dream-like tune from the road. Written and performed by Ashley Allred and John Courage; the track gives a sweet taste of their unique and polished vintage style. Ashley will be at Rivertown Revival on July 22 with a full band, and look out for her new album! Set to be recorded in October at Gremlintone.


 “I Can’t Be There” by Frankie Boots

Frankie Boots and The County line = good times. This raucus folk-rock Americana band has been missed, while Frank gets his feet wet in New Orleans. But Frank’s in town, and this song hits the spot. By the time you read this he’ll already be gone, but you can still hear his latest album Pagan Ranch, released in January 2017. A “solo album of 8 Country/Soul heart-warmers” produced at Gremlintone, and recorded while Boots packed his bags for Louisiana.


“Oh Mama” by David Luning

David Luning was raised in Forestville, but has been doing big things countrywide (and getting into trouble by the sounds of it). This summer he’ll be touring the West Coast with his new album “Restless”. If you’re a fan of rock, bluegrass, country combo you’ll love this album. He’ll be back in California at Doc’s Lab in San Francisco on June 23.


 “Serenity Day Spa” by Sean Hayes

On this track, Hayes shows his grittier side, with John Courage accompanying him on electric guitar. But his newest album “Low Light” released in August 2016, is full of slow-jam rock grooves and soul singing. A long time rocker in the Bay Area, with an 8 album discography that starts in 2002.  You can catch him all summer, but he’ll be in Sonoma, at Gundlach Bundschu Winery on August 5.


 “Why Don’t You Love Me No More” by Bootleg Honey

This 5 piece, country/grass, female led group steals hearts everywhere they go. They released new tunes at their last show, with Gwyneth Moreland, and welcomed back founding member Hannah Jern-Miller to the Bootleg Honey lineup! They packed The Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol, and blew the house down. So, we can all look forward to more of that this summer!


 “Two Feet” by John Courage

John Courage has been steadily rocking in the Bay Area for over 10 years, with visits to the Pacific Northwest and Santa Fe, New Mexico. His love for vintage, 70’s guitar rings true throughout his 3 album discography. Courage is not only a featured artist, but the creator and audio engineer at Gremlintone studio. As the loved and revered musician he is, Courage was invited to sit in with Ashley Allred, Sean Hayes, Bootleg Honey, Timothy O’Neil Band, and Arann Harris, in the recording of this compilation. Catch him on July 14 at The Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol, with The Highway Poets!


“Greyhound Days” by Misner and Smith

Megan Smith on upright bass and vocals, Sam Misner on guitar and vocals, and Josh Yenne on pedal steel guitar; Misner and Smith bring to the Americana-folk musical tradition, vivid imagery, poetic lyrics and sweet vocal harmonies. But, story telling is at the base of what ties this group together. Meeting first as actors, it was performing in “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” in 2004 that brought Sam and Megan together, in their love for roots music and harmony singing. This musical bond is a beautiful sight to behold, and you can catch the soulful duo ‘round these parts at The Redwood Café, in Cotati on July 7.


 “Fifteen Cents” by Thistle Creek

Sounding just like an old time blue grass tune, this track will satisfy the fans with a taste for porch sittin and banjo pickin.  Written and played by Imri Vasale, accompanied by Allyson Makuch on vocals; Thistle Creek can’t be found on the internet, but only playing at friends houses, street corners and Farmer’s Markets. But that’s how blue grass is best enjoyed, in the living room, with fellow pickers and someone playing a set of dirty spoons left over from dinner.


“Places” by Timothy O’Neil Band

These guys are ready to party, busy playing gigs all over the bay area. With a folk-punk, bluegrass sound, they are on a steady incline and playing with some of the area’s leading artists. If you feel like getting rowdy with this crew you’ll find them at the Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol on June 16, with Mr. December and Josh Windmiller from The Crux. Also, at Doc’s Lab in San Francisco, where Tim will be performing solo, opening up for his buddy David Luning on June 23.


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