From The Center: Kyle Ledson

Kyle Ledson Since age 3, Kyle Ledson has embraced acoustic music as his very best friend. He first picked up a fiddle from the free fiddle music lessons offered to the kids at the Strawberry Music Festival. Every morning we’d wait in line to sign up for a slot with an instructor. The Kid’s on Bluegrass program at the Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival held by the California Bluegrass Association (CBA) was Kyle’s next exposure to kids playing instruments. This really inspired Kyle as he saw these teenagers really doing something with their music. Kyle participated in the Kid’s on Bluegrass program yearly hosted by Frank Sullivan and Kyle wrote a bluegrass song for the kids to play together called “Bluegrass Heart.” Mostly self taught, Kyle has learned the secret backroads of the fretboard and sharpened his flat picking skills to make the mandolin (and now guitar) sing. Kyle started writingRead More

Dead Winter Carpenters

Hailing from North Lake Tahoe, CA, americana/roots rock band Dead Winter Carpenters has built a reputation for pouring their heart and soul into each performance. Over the past decade, the band has worked hard to position themselves, wrote Portland Metronome, “at the forefront of a youthful generation trying to redefine what string music is and what it can do.” That progressive nature shines through loud and clear on the band’s latest release “Sinners ‘n’ Freaks” which debuted on April 24th, 2020. The 5-song EP is DWC’s fifth studio effort and coincided with the band’s 10th anniversary. The release is a celebration of the hard roads previously traveled and the road that lies ahead. Recorded in January 2020 at Baxter’s Ranch in Auburn, CA, the band found a masterful ally with a keen ear and sensibility in studio owner/engineer Matt Baxter. Born of an organic, roots based approach, Sinners ‘n’ Freaks rings true to the Sierra Nevada foothills. TheRead More

Sierra Hull

Friday, November 12, 2021 • Sierra Hull is a singer, mandolinist, composer, lyricist, who signed with Rounder at age 13. She distinguished herself by becoming the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

Mile Twelve Bluegrass

Although their sound is rooted in traditional bluegrass, Mile Twelve surveys a broader landscape on their newest album, City on a Hill. All five band members bring their own influences and observations into the music, resulting in a project that feels contemporary, thoughtfully crafted, and relevant.

Summer Concert Series: Del McCoury Band

Saturday, July 31, 2021 • McCoury’s sixth decade in a half-century of bluegrass bliss brings new triumphs, new collaborations, and new music. With two grammys, Grand Ole Opry membership, and “DelFest” his namesake music festival, Del McCoury considers himself traditional at heart and does what comes naturally. Lucky for us, he likes to sing and play music.