Stalwarts of the Central California coastal bluegrass and indie-twang scene, Sidesaddle was formed in the late 1970s and has held together in various formations over the years... Here's a quick look at their work...
Sidesaddle "Saratoga Gap/The Girl From The Red Rose Saloon"
This CD-and-MP3 reissue of the band's first two albums is available from the band's website... exclusively, methinks! See below for reviews.
Sidesaddle "Saratoga Gap" (Faultline, 1985) (LP)
(Produced by "Cuzen" Al Knoth)
The Sidesaddle band had been playing together since at least since 1979 before recording this first album... It's a pretty solid set of traditional and semi-progressive bluegrass, including covers of country songs such as Willie Nelson's "Crazy" and Rodney Crowell's "Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight," as well as bluegrass oldies from Lester Flatt, Bill Monroe and Kenny Baker. Also included are three original tunes, two from mandolinist Kim Elking, bassist Karen Quick's "A Stranger Kept Me Warm Last Night," which sounds like a good, old-fashioned cheating song, but has a nice country twist. Overall, a strong album which locals will remember fondly. Plus, it has the seal of approval (ort! ort!) from DJ "Cuzen" Al Knoth, who I remember from a bazillion years ago as the host of KFAT-FM's Sunday morning bluegrass show.
Sidesaddle "The Girl From The Red Rose Saloon" (Turquoise) (LP)
Sidesaddle "Sing Your Praises" (Turquoise, 1993) (Cassette)
Sidesaddle "California Hills" (Faultline, 1999)
Sidesaddle "Daylight Train" (Turquoise)
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