Singer-songwriters Greg Beattie and Victoria Blythe, along with instrumentalists Dave Decker, Sam Bevan and Mark Holzinger, combine voices and a half dozen acoustic instruments into original songs that are both fresh and timeless--from the roots of American traditional song forms to explorations of contemporary sounds. Their songs and performances have captured the prestigious Kerrville New Folk prize, grand prize in the West Coast Songwriters International song contest, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artists, the Napa Valley Emerging Songwriter award, West Coast Songwriter’s Association Song of the Year honors, and have appeared in TV shows and movies. Their songs have been recorded by other artists and on numerous compilations with such well known artists as Joan Baez, Cheryl Wheeler and Livingston Taylor. Their live show is a mix of Victoria’s soaring, ethereal vocals and hauntingly beautiful fiddle on pure folk ballads and sultry jazz-fusion torch songs, Greg’s energetic and insightful musical treatment of birth, death and everything in between, Dave’s constantly creative acoustic lead-guitar commentary, Sam Bevan's virtuosic bass, and Mark Holzinger's blistering electric lead-guitar. They are currently promoting Victoria's debut solo album "Silver Flyer" which has received rave reviews from critics and is being played on radio stations in the U.S and in Europe. Calaveras expects to release their next album in late 2015.
Victoria Blythe - vocals, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass, recorder, harmonica
Greg Beattie - vocals, guitar, bass
Dave Decker - guitar, baritone guitar, bass, mandolin and vocals
Sam Bevan - Bass, Vocals
Sam Bevan has established himself as one of the most versatile and creative bassists in the Bar Area music scene. Sam is able to canvas a large musical landscape where jazz, funk, R&B, folk, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Venezuelan and West African disciplines joyously intermingle. He has worked with David Grisman, Joe Craven, Monk’s Music Trio, VNote Ensemble……