Born from the Sierra Nevada mountain region of California and followed faithfully since for its soulful, cello-driven bluegrass, Sweetwater String Band continues to delight fans from stages, radio stations, and festivals across the country. Having just completed summer shows in Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana, the celebrated group takes to the road yet again for an album release tour promoting third studio album, At Night (September 29, 2017). The band’s rich, signature sound is built on the playing of veteran musicians Dave Huebner (vocals, cello), Scott Roberts (vocals, mandolin), Patrick Ferguson (bass), and Jeff Meadway (guitar).
At Night is an exciting collection of Huebner-Roberts originals that keep to an earthy, evening theme (“The Night Has Come” and “My Proud Mountains”) while exploring topics of nature’s rest, love’s plight, and the curiosities of the human experience. Highlights abound and include the reflective “Same Stars,” “Window,” and the lilting, sensational “Up and Over.”
Previous albums include the band’s self-titled debut (2011) and River of Rhymes (2014), described by No Depression as “instantly likeable, a truly worthy listen.”
From the first memorable opening hook to the last tension-melting pull of the bow, band members leave nothing on the stage. Clearly in love with the music, the group is an audience favorite at prominent venues and countless festivals that include Millpond Music Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, RapidGrass, Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, and others. Just last year, Shakedown News dubbed the band “the great musical discovery of Huck Finn 2016.”
Beginning in Calif., Sweetwater String Band begins a rapid-fire, tristate tour with two album-release shows at Camp Deep End Festival and a third at Arcata’s own Humboldt Brews. Additional shows follow in Oregon and Washington state.