Creativity educator, former museum curator, visual artist, actor/storyteller, festival emcee and recipient of the 2009 Folk Alliance Far-West Performer of the Year, Joe has made music with many folks, from multi-string instrumentalist David Lindley to Blues slide guitar master Roy Rogers… Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia to Dobro Master Rob Ickes and in groups from Psychograss to The Horseflies. He was percussionist and fiddler for mandolinist David Grisman for almost 17 years. Joe now performs with his daughter Hattie Craven, Joe Craven & The Sometimers and other projects and collaborations. A Cum Laude graduate in Museology and Aesthetics, Joe has presented at numerous schools, universities, detention centers, medical facilities and special needs facilities. His training outreach includes Wells Fargo, The American String Teachers Association, Goodwill Industries and teacher in-services across the country. Joe is Director of RiverTunes Roots Music Camp, Director of Vocáli Voice Camp and a keynote clinician for Wintergrass and Delfest. And no matter who he’s connecting with; a community workshop in Costa Rica, a university lecture demonstration in Washington, jamming with Gnawan musicians in Morocco, or on stage in front of thousands of school kids in Scotland, he’s at home and loving every minute.
“Everything Joe touches turns to music.” David Grisman
“With Joe Craven at the helm, the possibilities are endless.” Sing Out! Magazine
Lisa has been playing and singing for as long as she can remember. She took up the guitar at age 12 but when she started studying upright bass in 1994 she found her true calling. Lisa has been a finalist for Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bass Player of the year each year since the award was instituted. She has won the award 5 out of 10 years: 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2019. Her main band, Sidesaddle & Co., was named NCBS Band of the Year for 2008. Lisa performs regularly with several bands, including Sidesaddle & Co., Michelle Kiba and the TikiTones, and Grace Clark and Swingitude. Lisa has been seen on stages throughout the West, including Wintergrass (Tacoma, WA), the Strawberry Music Festival (Yosemite, CA), Summergrass (San Diego, CA), the California Bluegrass Association’s Father’s Day Festival (Grass Valley, CA) and the Rawhide Bluegrass Festival (Scottsdale, AZ). Her recordings include projects with Sherry Austin (Santa Cruz), Last Transit (San Diego), Mary McCaslin (Santa Cruz), Sharon Allen (Santa Cruz), and of course, Sidesaddle & Co. (San Jose, CA). She is also releasing her first solo recording, produced by Jayme Kelly Curtis. Lisa’s easy-going and patient manner, has won her many fans as a bass teacher, conducting bass workshops from many California music festivals to private homes. She has also taught at the California Bluegrass Association’s Music Camp.
It was his father’s Vega banjo-mandolin that inspired 11-year-old Tom to start picking on old-time standards and absorbing the sounds of Bill Monroe as well as newgrass mando gods like Sam Bush and David Grisman.
Those seminal influences can still be heard in his soulful playing. After relocating from his native Ohio to California, high-profile stints with acclaimed folk-bluegrass festival faves the Acousticats and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, multi-instrumentalist John McEuen’s entertaining String Wizards band earned him accolades and a loyal following. He’s consistently active on L.A.’s acoustic music scene, playing mandolin and guitar with numerous acts onstage, including Robin & Linda Williams. Tom joined McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson and singers Jennifer Warnes and Laurie Lewis in the award-winning 2002 DVD Nitty Gritty Surround. More recently he even took on one of those only-in-L.A. jobs: teaching TV/film star Tom Selleck how to play ukulele for a role in a play!
After years of earning respect from peers and audiences for playing behind better-known artists, Tom stepped into the spotlight as bandleader and songwriter with several CDs to his credit. Once again he brings his fun and infectious spirit back to RiverTunes!
“Few musicians can pull off in the studio the kind of live joy [Toms’ Tonight I Ride] exudes.” ~ SingOut! Magazine
Visit Tom’s website at tomcorbett.net
A native Tennessean, Susie grew up in the shadow of the Grand Ole Opry, learning the craft of country and bluegrass from a short distance by regular immersion of Flatt & Scruggs, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn among others. When just 16 she sang for her brother Rick’s writer’s nights song showcases in Nashville. New York audiences saw Susie’s Broadway debut when she played the role of the young Southern matriarch Mary Jane Wilkes in the original Broadway company of Roger Miller’s musical play Big River. During her two years with that company, Susie began researching the works of the pioneering artists who developed country, folk and bluegrass music from the early years in America and was led inevitably to the work of The Stanley Brothers, The Carter Family, Bill Monroe, Doc Watson and Jean Ritchie among many others. After relocating to Southern California, Suzie has been recording and performing – from 2000 to the present – garnering praise and awards. As an educator, Susie specializes in the production of a capella singing she calls “The Art of the Unaccompanied Voice” and she has presented lecture demonstrations at USC Thornton School of Music and at Cal State Northridge on “Balladry to Bluegrass”. A current specialist in performance and historian on the work of Jean Ritchie, Susie is a writer for FolkWorks.com online. Her articles have also been cross-published in part online at No Depression.com.
“A flat out superb vocalist… Glaze delivers warm, amber-toned vocals that explore the psychic depth of a lyric with deft acuity and technical perfection.” LA Weekly
Visit Susie’s website at http://www.susieglaze.com/
Steve began taking drum lessons at age ten. Steve’s studies led him down the path of rudimental playing with a strong interest in drum and bugle corps. He began playing professionally in the bay area and southern Oregon at seventeen. In the mid-1980’s Steve became interested in Scottish Highland drumming and joined the Eugene Highlanders Bagpipe Band performing at highland games throughout the northwest. For the past eight years, he has performed with several artists in the greater Sacramento area. You can watch and listen to Steve here: http://brucetuttle.com/claydogs-friends
Michael plays the piano accordion in a wide variety of musical styles which he has developed in over five decades of performing as a soloist and with various bands including his most recent dance band project “Michael’s Mixed Nuts.” According to Michael, “The accordion is really just a portable pump organ with a unique sound!” It’s great when played as a self-accompanied solo instrument or in ensemble as a wonderful complement to just about any other instrument or voice. He has joyously introduced folks to the accordion – those with some prior knowledge of the piano and those who are just drawn to this really fun and remarkably versatile instrument. And Michael can show you how the keyboard accordion can tastefully and beautifully fit into any type of Americana roots music!
A guest soloist with the San Luis Obispo Symphony Orchestra, Michael has performed and conducted workshops at many festivals and music camps including the Strawberry Music Festival, Live Oak Music Festival, High Sierra Festival, Contra Carnivale Music and Dance Festival. Michael plays Cajun, Zydeco, Swing, and Rock and Roll tunes at the Palace Grill Cajun Restaurant in his home town of Santa Barbara, California where he has performed weekly for over fifteen years. We’re delighted to have Michael bring his wonderful teaching spirit to RiverTunes with this new – and really fun – instrument addition to our offerings.
With over 50 years of performing experience, Michael “Hawkeye” Herman exemplifies the range of possibilities in acoustic blues, and personifies versatile musicianship, originality, and compelling artistry as a blues storyteller. His dynamic performances have won him a faithful following, and he leads a very active touring schedule of performances at festivals, concerts, school programs, and workshops. Hawkeye performs a wide variety of traditional blues, ballads, swing, and original tunes, on six-string and twelve-string guitar, and is an adept and exciting practitioner of slide guitar and slide mandolin.
Visit Hawkeye’s website at http://www.hawkeyeherman.com/
In July of 2006, after hearing John Hartford’s Mark Twang album, singer-songwriter, Snap Jackson, walked into a music store in Stockton, California and purchased his first banjo. He has been obsessing over it ever since. Aside from playing both Scruggs Style and clawhammer banjo, Snap also plays the ukulele, blues harmonica, and mountain dulcimer. In recognition of his efforts, Snap received the Male Vocalist of Year Award in 2015, in addition to
nominations in 2013, 2014, and 2015 for the Northern California Banjo Player of the Year award. He also received an endorsement deal in 2011 with both the Deering Banjo Company and Kala BrandUkuleles. When he is not on the road fronting his band, Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players, he can be found at home playing the banjo and spending time with his family. Some of Snap’s major influences include: John Hartford, Nina Simone, Tony Trischka, Jerry Garcia, Earl Scruggs, Bob Dylan, and Stevie Wonder.
Visit Snap’s website at http://knockonwoodplayers.com/
Shane is a man of many talents. Since receiving his Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from California State University, Sacramento, Kalbach has become a respected player in the California music scene. Aside from playing fiddle, mandolin, and guitar in the Knock on Wood Players, Kalbach played principle viola for both the Merced Symphony and The Townsend Opera Players. Despite his busy schedule, Shane has remained very active in various youth music programs including the La Honda Music Camp, Pacific Music Camp, The Central Valley Youth Symphony, where he is the conductor of the Preparatory Orchestra. Shane is also a dedicated music teacher throughout the Lincoln Unified School District in Stockton, CA. For any of you out there looking to study with Shane, he is available for private lessons at Main Street Music in Tracy, CA. Shane’s list of major influences is way too long to list here and is ever changing.
Michelle is a nationally known ukulele player, teacher, hula dancer who enjoys sharing her love of the ukulele along with the Hawaiian culture. She sings and plays ukulele as a music educator, entertainer and music therapist. She has performed and taught nationally and abroad at many major ukulele festivals and music camps. Her workshop and concert tours include; ‘Ukulele Hall of Fame Rhode Island, McCabes Santa Monica, the San Antonio Ukulele Festival, the Mid-West Uke Fest, Indiana, Portland Ukulele Festival, California Coast Music Camp, American River Music Camp, Nihon Ukulele Association Tokyo Japan, Sydney, Melbourne and Byron Bay Australia. Michelle has taught weekly classes for over 12 years at the Santa Cruz Art League, Yu-Ai Kai Japanese Community Center in San Jose. She is a credentialed adult education instructor and is currently on staff with the Community Music School in the Santa Cruz. Michelle has written and produced a number of ukulele songbooks and CDs on her own label Big Idea Records.
Visit Michelle’s website at UkaLady.com.
Margo has had the great fortune to work in the music business as a lead and backup singer for the past 20 years. During that time, teaching singers emerged as my passion and gift. And, most important is the opportunity to help people fulfill their deepest yearning: to sing. It’s been a beautiful experience and I cherish each and every relationship with my students. In developing my craft, here’s what I’ve learned: It takes dedication and hard work beyond anything you ever imagined. Margo has a vast well of experience and works regularly across the globe with artists of all musical genres. She is adept at providing the exact feel and sound that’s needed for every song.
Visit Margo’s website; http://www.voicebymargo.com
Born into a musical family living in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California, Keith was first introduced to string band music by his father, and quickly developed on the guitar, 5-string banjo, mandolin, and fiddle.
Shortly after performing his first professional engagement in 1969, Keith was introduced to local bluegrass legends Vern Williams & Ray Park. This chance meeting would evolve into his tenure with Rose Maddox, and the Vern Williams Band, recording “Bluegrass From The Gold Country” for Rounder Records in 1980, and two subsequent albums for the Arhoolie label (“This is Rose Maddox”, 1980, and “Beautiful Bouquet”, 1983). In his work on these recordings and the many live engagements that followed, Keith participated in what has since proven to be a milestone in west coast country music. Arhoolie Records has recently released “Traditional Bluegrass” (a collection of their live recordings from the 1980’s), to an enthusiastic audience.
Realizing the importance of recording arts early on, Keith assembled his first studio in a rented barn in 1979, and set out composing songs and making records. Since that time he has performed on nearly 100 commercially recorded projects with Frank Wakefield’s “Blues Stay Away From Me” (for Bay Records in 1979), and the Chieftains GRAMMY winning “Another Country” (for RCA in 1992), being a few examples. Among his best known contributions are on Dolly Parton’s GRAMMY and IBMA winning “The Grass Is Blue” (Sugar Hill, 1999), and “Little Sparrow” (Sugar Hill, 2001). An amazing vocalist, Keith’s singing first appeared in a lead role on the “All Night Gang” (Sugar Hill, 1991), continuing with “Schoolhouse” (Whippoorwill, 1998), his first solo album “Distant Land To Roam” (Copper Creek, 2000), and more recently on the Butch Baldassari tribute album “The Road Home” (SoundArt Records 2009), which features Keith’s composition “The Gift”, recorded at Slate Mountain Studio, near Garden Valley, CA.
Visit Keith’s website at http://www.keithlittle.com
“Rhythm is free and is in everything. My goal is to show people they can feel, play and have fun with rhythm!”
In addition to her monthly community drum circle in Oregon, nowIn addition to music performance, Michelle enjoys her time helping others discover the joy of rhythm through facilitating community drum circles and teaching West African style drum classes. Michelle hosts a monthly community drum circle in Oregon, now going on 10 years. Michelle can be found regularly packing up her van with drums and percussion instruments to deliver fun filled drum and rhythm circle experiences to all sorts of groups including schools, camps, festivals, community events and private parties. The beauty of the drums is that they bring people together wherever they go… regardless of race, language, age, skill level or status. The drum circle levels the playing field in a simple nonverbal way that all can instantly enjoy and become a part of. Michelle’s extensive study of the traditional West African rhythms of Guinea and Senegal include teachers such as master drummers Mamady Keita, Bobby Bovenzi, and Mamadou Lamine Thioub. Her study of rhythm led her to a path of bringing community together in rhythm. Studying with the likes of Arthur Hull, Kalani, David Chiller, and Remo Health Rhythms, Michelle has collected a wealth of rhythmical knowledge that she uses to show a group how to find a common pulse to provide a solid rhythmical foundation for individual improvisation and exploration.
Visit Michelle’s website at; www.drumcircleconnection.com
Sheridan Malone is a singer/songwriter from Ukiah, California back for his seventh year at RiverTunes. He’s been a popular teacher of vocal technique and harmony, and plays ukulele, guitar, and upright bass. He loves to play ensemble, especially with multi-part harmony. In addition to RiverTunes Camp, he’s taught workshops at Ukiah Ukefest, Ukes On The Loose, California Bluegrass Association Camp, Walker Creek Music Camp, El Cerrito Free Folk Festival, and an Art Stay voice and ukulele workshop at Emandal in Willits. He performs regularly around Northern California, and gives private voice lessons. Catch him in line or at table with several other singers, and you may be drawn into some acapella harmony!
Visit Sheridan’s website at www.sheridanmalone.com
Steve Van Zandt
Steve’s personal songbook includes well over two hundred songs.
For the last 26 years Steve has been the Site Director/Principal of San Mateo Outdoor Ed, a resident outdoor school that teaches nature awareness and science to 5th and 6th grade students. He enjoys and teaches the importance of playfulness in the creative process. He writes poetry, plays ping-pong, surfs, river rafts, digs vegan cooking and swimming under, and sometimes over, waterfalls.
Patrice Webb is a singer songwriter who’s life takes her from the back-roads of the Sierra Nevada to the hills of Northern Idaho where she lives with her husband and a family of 4 legged critters. Patrice’s songs tell of the lives of those who’s stories make up the vibrant tapestry known as “Americana”. These are songs that are sung in a voice full of poignancy and humor and are described as “snapshots in time told on a bed of folk, country, swing, and the blues.”
Patrice Webb’s song about domestic violence “No Where Else To Go” Receives an honorable mention in the Woody Guthrie Song Contest! The song can be found on Patrice’s CD “Turning of the Page”
Visit Patrice’s website a www.patricewebb.com