Released in 2016, this is the most recent album from the Vivants, a project that I helped start back in 2009 with my pal Emily Bonn. This EP, Bluegrass Special, is a homage to the earliest era of bluegrass back in the 1940's when Sally Ann Forrester played accordion in Bill Monroe's famed band, the Bluegrass Boys. I love this album because its one of the few legit bluegrass records I've ever heard featuring accordion. It's also the first album that I ever sang lead vocals on, albeit for just one song. I'd like to thank the band for giving me the opportunity to sing lead on a song. Also, I'm super proud that we recorded this album live in the studio, with no overdubs, editing or headphones.

Released in 2016, this is the most recent album from the Vivants, a project that I helped start back in 2009 with my pal Emily Bonn. This EP, Bluegrass Special, is a homage to the earliest era of bluegrass back in the 1940's when Sally Ann Forrester played accordion in Bill Monroe's famed band, the Bluegrass Boys. I love this album because its one of the few legit bluegrass records I've ever heard featuring accordion. It's also the first album that I ever sang lead vocals on, albeit for just one song. I'd like to thank the band for giving me the opportunity to sing lead on a song. Also, I'm super proud that we recorded this album live in the studio, with no overdubs, editing or headphones.

People have told me that my project Blisses B remind them of the Minutemen and New Order. I don't know if that's true but it's a huge complement. "Sea Level Astronomy" was super fun to make because I really got to experiment with some cool pedals like envelope filters, octavers, reverbs, and distortion. I hope you like it!

People have told me that my project Blisses B remind them of the Minutemen and New Order. I don't know if that's true but it's a huge complement. "Sea Level Astronomy" was super fun to make because I really got to experiment with some cool pedals like envelope filters, octavers, reverbs, and distortion. I hope you like it!

This full length album, Western Addition, was performed and written by my Country & Western Band, the Vivants. I really enjoyed working on this record because the music was just plain fun to play and I got to play my clarinet and bass fiddle.

This full length album, Western Addition, was performed and written by my Country & Western Band, the Vivants. I really enjoyed working on this record because the music was just plain fun to play and I got to play my clarinet and bass fiddle.

Bryn Loosley is a gifted songwriter and school teacher who lives in Santa Cruz, CA. He's a polite, warm, and down right likeable guy if there ever was one. I'm glad he's my friend and colleague. I feel fortunate to have been a part of his full length album "Blood Year." That's me on clarinet and upright bass on the track, "Like a Lamb." If you like Pete Yorn, Ryan Adams, or Van Morrison, you'll like this album, too!

Bryn Loosley is a gifted songwriter and school teacher who lives in Santa Cruz, CA. He's a polite, warm, and down right likeable guy if there ever was one. I'm glad he's my friend and colleague. I feel fortunate to have been a part of his full length album "Blood Year." That's me on clarinet and upright bass on the track, "Like a Lamb." If you like Pete Yorn, Ryan Adams, or Van Morrison, you'll like this album, too!

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I love the new full length Earl Brothers album, Outlaw Hillbilly. It's our darkest and most stripped down work to date. I had a lot of fun playing and experimenting with the melodic style that I ended up using on "Hard Times Down the Road." Bluegrass Unlimited had some nice things to say about Hard Times Down the Road, "Infectious and unexpected bass line. I'd like to hear more of [that] in the future." Chirs Hillman, the bassist for the Bryds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, said "Like the hillbilly bass player, adds a different and unique aspect to the band." The track "Cheater" was an interesting song to record. I used one note and rhythm for the bass line. I've never played a song as simply as I played that cut. Also, the fiddle tune that I wrote, "Rebel's Romp," made the final cut and is on this album. Bobby Earl Davis is hard to please. I'm proud that my tune made the cut. Shout out to all my peeps up in Saskatchewan for inspiring the tune!

I love the new full length Earl Brothers album, Outlaw Hillbilly. It's our darkest and most stripped down work to date. I had a lot of fun playing and experimenting with the melodic style that I ended up using on "Hard Times Down the Road." Bluegrass Unlimited had some nice things to say about Hard Times Down the Road, "Infectious and unexpected bass line. I'd like to hear more of [that] in the future." Chirs Hillman, the bassist for the Bryds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, said "Like the hillbilly bass player, adds a different and unique aspect to the band." The track "Cheater" was an interesting song to record. I used one note and rhythm for the bass line. I've never played a song as simply as I played that cut. Also, the fiddle tune that I wrote, "Rebel's Romp," made the final cut and is on this album. Bobby Earl Davis is hard to please. I'm proud that my tune made the cut. Shout out to all my peeps up in Saskatchewan for inspiring the tune!

Released in 2010, the Earl Brothers self titled full length is probably our most traditional release as far as bluegrass records go. It has two great gospel songs and one of my all-time favorite Earl Brothers' songs, "Troubles." In my opinion, this album has a great bass tone, too. I used a late 40's Kay bass and Bob Lindner mic'ed it with an old RCA-44, which is my favorite mic for the upright bass.

Released in 2010, the Earl Brothers self titled full length is probably our most traditional release as far as bluegrass records go. It has two great gospel songs and one of my all-time favorite Earl Brothers' songs, "Troubles." In my opinion, this album has a great bass tone, too. I used a late 40's Kay bass and Bob Lindner mic'ed it with an old RCA-44, which is my favorite mic for the upright bass.

This might be my personel favorite of all the albums that I've been a part of making. Bob has a beautiful and understated delivery and songwriting style. Released in 2008, this album also features stellar musicians from the SF Bay Area scene, Anton Patzner (Judgement Day, Bright Eyes, Two Gallants, Pete Yorn, Slash), Jordan Feinstein, and Kate Howser (Axton Kincaid).

This might be my personel favorite of all the albums that I've been a part of making. Bob has a beautiful and understated delivery and songwriting style. Released in 2008, this album also features stellar musicians from the SF Bay Area scene, Anton Patzner (Judgement Day, Bright Eyes, Two Gallants, Pete Yorn, Slash), Jordan Feinstein, and Kate Howser (Axton Kincaid).

This is from my first SF musical project, Blisses B. I play Electric Bass, Upright Bass, and Clarinet on this one. You Should was a fun record to make. "American UK" said "fabulous deep upright bass" and "Blisses B don’t so much cross genre divides as run a steam roller over them." shakedownnews.com said, "Incredible knack for musical exploration, breaking barriers between genres with reckless abandon.  Pushing envelopes to blend bluegrass, rock and punk into an amalgamation of musical originality."

This is from my first SF musical project, Blisses B. I play Electric Bass, Upright Bass, and Clarinet on this one. You Should was a fun record to make. "American UK" said "fabulous deep upright bass" and "Blisses B don’t so much cross genre divides as run a steam roller over them." shakedownnews.com said, "Incredible knack for musical exploration, breaking barriers between genres with reckless abandon. Pushing envelopes to blend bluegrass, rock and punk into an amalgamation of musical originality."

Kenley Young was my first collaborative partner in music. He's been my best friend since I was about 10 or 11 years old. We made our first album together way back in 1997 when we were in high school. This album was released in 2008 and features Kenley's beautiful lyrics, skillfully crafted songs, and tender bartione voice. Standard Candle also features some of South Carolina's best rock musicians such as Buffi Jacobs (Polyphonic Spree), John Stout, Pat Wall, Ronnie Cleland, Justus Jagger, and many more. I really like this record for its mix of beautiful/somber cuts juxtaposed with some ass kicking rockers.

Kenley Young was my first collaborative partner in music. He's been my best friend since I was about 10 or 11 years old. We made our first album together way back in 1997 when we were in high school. This album was released in 2008 and features Kenley's beautiful lyrics, skillfully crafted songs, and tender bartione voice. Standard Candle also features some of South Carolina's best rock musicians such as Buffi Jacobs (Polyphonic Spree), John Stout, Pat Wall, Ronnie Cleland, Justus Jagger, and many more. I really like this record for its mix of beautiful/somber cuts juxtaposed with some ass kicking rockers.

Moonshine was the first album I made with the Earl Brothers. When we released the album in 2008, I remember being really freaking excited to be a part of such a unique bluegrass band. To my knowledge, we might be the only bluegrass group ever to record only material that was written by the band itself and not standards or songs written by other songwriters. We recorded the bass on Moonshine with an EV RE-20.

Moonshine was the first album I made with the Earl Brothers. When we released the album in 2008, I remember being really freaking excited to be a part of such a unique bluegrass band. To my knowledge, we might be the only bluegrass group ever to record only material that was written by the band itself and not standards or songs written by other songwriters. We recorded the bass on Moonshine with an EV RE-20.

This band, Emily Bonn and the Vivants, was the precursor to the Vivants. This EP, Songs from Alabama Street, was released in 2008. At this point, most people thought of us as more of Cajun and Old Time band. This record also features members of Emily's previous band, the Whoreshoes, as well Ben Morrison (Brothers Comatose), Cory Dodson (the Harkenbacks), and Scott Marshall (Culann's Hounds). That's me on the upright on Accidental Stomp.

This band, Emily Bonn and the Vivants, was the precursor to the Vivants. This EP, Songs from Alabama Street, was released in 2008. At this point, most people thought of us as more of Cajun and Old Time band. This record also features members of Emily's previous band, the Whoreshoes, as well Ben Morrison (Brothers Comatose), Cory Dodson (the Harkenbacks), and Scott Marshall (Culann's Hounds). That's me on the upright on Accidental Stomp.

This "self titled" EP by Blisses B will always be a special one for me because it was my first release as a resident in San Francisco. I really love the envelope filter I used on the tune Quill vs. Ink. You can check it out in the player below. I think Bootsy would be proud!

This "self titled" EP by Blisses B will always be a special one for me because it was my first release as a resident in San Francisco. I really love the envelope filter I used on the tune Quill vs. Ink. You can check it out in the player below. I think Bootsy would be proud!

The Sinators "Colored" LP

Thought Crime Music 2001. Joanna Malcolm: Vocals, Joshy Sunshine: Guitar and Vocals, Jeremy Touzel: Guitar and Vocals, James Touzel: Bass and Vocals, Ronnie Cleland, Drums.

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Fling "View From the Valley" EP

Vague She Music. 2000.

Ronnie Cleland, Drums: Justus Jagger, Guitar & Vocals: James Touzel, Bass & Vocals: Kenley Young, Vocals & Guitar: Tim Baker, Violin: Jennifer Brinkley, Violin: Lauren Burns, Viola: Idris Chandler, Cello

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break neck 2. Uniting them asses. Tin Can Records 02. 2001. This comp features rock and punk bands from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. The Sinators had 2 songs on this comp along with other bands such as Hurt Reynolds, Hot Lava Monster, Burns out Bright, Love Apple, Super Bike, Grounded and Stranger By Day.

The Sinators Joanna Malcolm: Vocals, Joshy Sunshine: Guitar, Ronnie Cleland: Drums, Jeremy Touzel: Guitar & Vocals, James Touzel: Bass,

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