with Fire in the Sky Band opening
A four-year project, the Swan Songs albums are the reimagining of select songs from Ross’s vast and beloved catalog. Volume II features fan favorites and deep cuts alike. The show will feature songs from the latest album, plus select favorites from Vol. 1, including Catch a Glimpse, which was featured in a Yeti Coolers Commercial and has garnered over 60,000 streams on Spotify.
The lineup will include Ross on lead vocals, plus Zach Peach on drums, Graham Farrow Knibb on guitars and vocals, Leif Bonfils on bass, Justin Peach on guitar and Hunter Jones on the keys and the pedal steel.
Join us for a night celebrating the spirit of collaboration and excellent songwriting – homegrown right here in the foothills.
Aaron Ross has been writing and recording music in the Sierra foothills of Northern California for decades. His songs fuse elements of classic American folk, blues, and rock-n-roll with an appetite for eclecticism and a dose of absurdist glee to create a sound that is at once spectrally familiar and relentlessly innovative, both rooted in tradition and bracingly original.
From the plaintive acoustic reveries of his beloved first release, The Hallelujah Side (2003), to the grunge-country syncretism of Shapeshifter (2007), the schizophrenic symphonies of Paranormal Attitude (2008), and even a series of experimental collaborations with Sacramento math-rock artists Hella, Ross’s songwriting transcends genre and defies expectations. Yet it is his lyrical genius that has truly set him apart. Channeling Bukowski and the Beats as much as old-time religion and the dreadful poetry of the Bible, Ross delights in summoning spirits and warbling esoteric, weaving together the sacred and the profane.
A series of recent albums announce that he remains at the peak of his craft. In 2021, Ross joined forces with Nevada City-based Farrow & The Peach Leaves to record Swan Songs, Vol. 1, an anthology of new variations on old favorites set to the driving rhythms and adamant guitar of southern rock. Troubled Water, released earlier this year, is his tenth studio album. There is a rich vein of folk culture running through Gold Country, and Ross is both miner and metallurgist—an artist whose remarkable talents enable him not only to unearth the best of a deeply organic local tradition, but also to refine and form it into something more universal.
Based out of Nevada City, California, Farrow and the Peach Leaves has cultivated a satisfying sound rooted in Americana, Blues, Rock and Country that has been packaged in a versatile getup composed of thick blues guitars, locomotive rhythm, and seventies country rock overtones.
Fronted by singer-songwriter Graham Farrow Knibb, Farrow and the Peach Leaves pushes buttons that bring audiences as much to tears as to dancing. Their songs orbit themes of loneliness and love, betrayal and joy with deft earnestness and authenticity. Knibb is an expert songwriter and his skills are equalled by the band’s orchestration. Knibb is as much interested in love as he is in the mistakes we make again and again in the pursuit of it. Likewise, he channels the gestalt of the Sierra Foothills of Northern California – a mishmash of weed growers, coal rollers, demi-cults and strung out down-and-outs. His songs evoke the beauty in difficulty and the difficulties of living in a beautiful place.
Founded in 2016 by long-time friends Graham Farrow Knibb, Zach Peach (Drums), and Leif Bonfils (Bass), the band has expanded to include Keith Knibb and Justin Peach on guitars and Hunter Jones on Pedal Steel and Keys. Honeyslides (2019), Farrow and the Peach Leaves’s first studio album, solidified their purchase on the western Americana market, while significant touring has garnered them a robust following up and down the west coast.
The band took a detour in their trajectory during the pandemic to support legendary singer-songwriter Aaron Ross for the album Swan Songs, Volume 1, a countrified reimagining of selected songs the beloved artist’s enormous catalogue. Now, Farrow and the Peach Leaves gearing up to release a third album: Buttermilk Brine. This album will be a must-have for current Farrow and the Peach Leaves fans, as well as followers of the west-coast country rock scene. Produced by Evan Bailey (Oh Lonesome Ana and Sun Valley Gun Club) and Engineered, Mixed, Mastered and Recorded live-to-tape by Grammy Nominated Jack Shirley at Atomic Garden East in Oakland, CA. It will be released on December 9th, 2022.
Fire In The Sky Band hails form Nevada City delivering high energy garage rock, psychedelic country and rock & roll. Members include Sam Ward on guitar and vocals, Jeff Ward (Red Cloud/ The Spills) on bass and vocals , Blake Severn (Broken Spoke/ No Healer) on guitar, vocals, and Chad La Berge (Mt. Whateverest, Tv Stones, Chat Room, Magic Carpet Riders) on drums. Fire In The Sky Band’s first full length record is due out this spring/summer 2024. Recorded at Dream Cabin Sounds by Zach Peach and Graham Farrow Knibb of Farrow and The Peach Leaves.