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Sidesaddle & Co., based in San Jose
California, has been captivating audiences with their unique acoustic
sound since 1979 when the band was first established. The five members
of the band come from an interesting variety of musical backgrounds,
which come alive in their repertoire of primarily traditional Bluegrass
music, seasoned with vintage Country, Irish, Cajun and Cowboy Western.
Their popularity is extended further by including Gospel, Folk, Novelty
and Comedy. Billboard Magazine has called their music "superbly melodic."
Critics have hailed their performances as "sophisticated and highly
entertaining" and their harmonies "impeccable."
Sidesaddle. & Co.'s style is characterized
by their soulful vocal harmonies and strong creative instrumental talents.
The vocalists in thc band share the lead singing, each with a unique
personal style that gives the band its appealing diversity.
Since the formation of the band,
six recordings have been released and received heavy air-play throughout
the country. Their second and third albums, "Saratoga Gap"
and "The Girl From The Red Rose Saloon," both reached the top
ten on the national Bluegrass charts shortly after their release. Their
critically acclaimed CD, "Daylight Train," was nominated for
an INDIE AWARD as best independent label Bluegrass recording
of 1991. BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED magazine out of Virginia highlighted
"Daylight Train," as one of their featured reviews.
ARTISTRY and ENTHUSIASM
The longevity of the band is proof-positive
that Sidesaddle & Co lends an air of contagious energy and professionalism
to every pertormance. It is the group's combination of artistry and
enthusiasm that has made Sidesaddle and Co. one of the most popular
and sought-after Bluegrass bands in the West.
| BLUEGRASS INSPIRES DANCE
Sidesaddle & Co.'s music has inspired
two exciting dance productions: New Dance San Jose, which united
Bluegrass and Modern Dance and played to a sold out crowd; Izadora Duncan award winners, The
Barbary Coast Cloggers and Sidesaddle & Co have teamed up for some
high-spirited clogging to live Bluegrass. The latter has been presented
for three years running at the Ethnic Dance Festival, Palace of Fine
Arts in San Francisco.
The band has also had the pleasure of opening the show for such notables
as Bill Monroe, Emmy Lou Harris. Willie Nelson, Billy Dean, Ralph
Stanley, New Grass Revival, John Hartford and Jim and Jesse to
name a few. Headliners in their own right, this widely traveled band
is equally at home performing at national bluegrass festivals, state
and county fairs, concerts, on radio and television, at coorprate functions,
local events and parties.
|"Northern California Bluegrass Awards Winners Announced"
Sidesaddle and Co. from San Jose was named Northern California's "Bluegrass Band of the Year"
for 2008 at a ceremony held on Saturday, February 16, 2008 in downtown Redwood City.
2008 was the first time "Northern California Bluegrass Awards" were presented by the
Northern California Bluegrass Society as part of that organization's inaugural "Bluegrass On Broadway" Festival."
In 2008 Sidesaddle was nominated for awards in five of nine categories, and won in three.
Sidesaddle alumnus Jerry Ashford won "Guitar Player of the Year," Sidesaddle alumna Diana Donnelly
won "Female Vocalist of the Year," and Lisa Burns won "Bass Player of the Year."
In 2009 Sidesaddle and CO. was nominated in 5 categories and won in two: Lisa Burns as Bass Player
of the Year, Kim Elking as Mandolin player of the year.
"Sidesaddle & Co. combines the best
of traditional and modern ideas. They use their abilities to evoke feelings
and pictures in the heart and mind of the lucky listener."
Eddie & Martha Adcock
"When the five of them get into
a rowdy rendition...their music gallops off with mustang force, carrying
their audience off for a good time!"
Sam Mitchell, Bluegrass Unlimited
"You have many followers among thousands
that come back each year looking forward to your performance. We would
like to compliment you on your professionalism and dynamic performance."
Entertainment Chair, Gilroy Garlic Festival
"Playing a rich blend of country,
folk, Irish, gospel....these folks really cook"
"Sidesaddle is a band with talent
to spare and a record which hits the mark."
The Mandocrucians Digest, VA
"Their fiercely loyal fans eat it up."
San Jose Mercury News, CA
INFORMATION AND BOOKING
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SIDESADDLE & CO
631 Rosa Morada Rd.