Pete Herzog plays dirt road country blues in a style uniquely
his own. His music reaches back to an ancient place. “I’ve
always been attracted to a common sound that reaches back through
the ages and touches all people at a basic level. Even when composing
a contemporary song, I strive to make connections with those
older places and feelings.”
Pete plays a variety of blues way beyond the standard 12 bars
and 3 chords, including roots music from the times when European
and African rhythms were combined. He plays fingerstyle guitar
with a flat pick in an exciting, expressive and unusual manner,
using several different guitars with different modal tunings.
Pete has spent years learning his craft, not only from other
musicians and recordings but from life. He spent time working
on the railroad as a gandydancer in a traveling steel gang, learning
arhoolies and steel driving songs sung as they were originally
given voice. He learned “Linin Track” while lining
track and learned call and response style songs while driving
rail road spikes into hard wood ties.
Finding bands had too much drama, Pete did some solo performing
before becoming disillusion with playing out. Instead, he spent
his time pickin on the porch. Now he's back performing and with
a new CD Homestyle.
For more information, visit peteherzogmusic.com.
An accomplished vocalist, guitarist, bassist, band
leader, songwriter, arranger and producer, Jerry Zybach continues
to stretch and grow as an artist, with multiple music projects
in genres from blues to R&B, rock, Americana, country and
bluegrass--primitive through progressive. Ever think you'd
hear blues slide ukulele? How about screamin' electric slide
on a cigar box guitar? He makes his shows unique, fun and deeply
Zybach builds and plays cigar box guitars—instruments from "back
in the day", when musicians built stringed instruments
out of whatever they could find because they couldn't afford "store
bought" ones. He also plays a wide array of not so everyday
instruments--diddlybows, dulcimers, ukuleles and a silverware
box stand up bass, to name a few.
For more information, visit stagehogs.com.
Aireene Espiritu and Rick Di Dia
Poaching from the blues, jazz, folk ballads, stomps, bluegrass
and hollars, Rick and Aireene pick, strum, stomp, slide and sing
their own brand of stripped down Americana. By taking pieces
of the past; your story, my story, our ancestor's stories, they
paint pictures of places and people's lives, the day-to-days,
little stories from different times and cobble them together
to make the old sound new in an old sort of way.
Rick plays in various tunings and has developed a unique lap-style
playing method that results in an intriguing array of chords,
single note lead runs and sliding that looks as if he is chasing
notes from one end of the neck to the other. Aireene, a native
of the Philippines, plays a 1950's Martin tenor ukulele,
and crafts simple yet hauntingly beautiful songs that are highlighted
by her deep and down-to-earth vocals.
Individually, they deliver songs that ignite the fire of old
memories and carries the listener to forgotten places. Together,
their rich mixture of personalities, cultures and musical approaches – one
simple and the other complex - is precisely what makes their
blend of music sing like no other. They draw their strength from
a wealth of American musical traditions but conjure up their
own route into timeless storytelling.
Spending the last year playing consistently throughout the
San Francisco Bay Area, along with jaunts to Los Angeles, New
York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Rick and Aireene are encouraged
by the response. They have played at venues such as The Bitter
End, CBGBs, The Fillmore, Freight and Salvage, and The House
of Blues. Together they have supported and/or played with such
acts as Rogue Wave, My Morning Jacket, Carolina Chocolate Drops,
Rickie Lee Jones, Willie Nelson and Odetta.
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/rickaireene.