Bands - Blue & Lonesome    sample:  "Poison Love "

A traditional Bluegrass band consisting of Ed Neff, Mike Wilhoyte. Larry Cohea, Paul Shelasky and Karen Wilhoyte. Blue & Lonesome has captured the traditional sound of bluegrass music, as it was originally played, incorporating the experience and talents of five of the top traditional players in the business today.

Ed Neff

is known to California bluegrass fans as the premier fiddler and mandolin stylist in the traditional vein. He has been a fixture in the Bay Area Bluegrass scene for over 40 years playing with such stalwarts as High Country, Done Gone, Roanoke, True Blue, Adobe Creek and the Vern Williams Band with whom he spent 15 years. Although Ed has long been acknowledged as one of the west's greatest fiddlers, Blue & Lonesome Bluegrass band takes advantage of his stellar mandolin work and benefits from his authoritative lead and tenor vocals. Ed has been awarded an honorary lifetime membership in the California Bluegrass Association .

Mike Wilhoyte

also has deep roots and a long-term investment in the traditional Bluegrass style. Mike first heard Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, and other first generation players, when he was 13 years old, in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio. He soon decided that Bluegrass music was the music he would play, and he has been playing it ever since.
Before moving to California in 1989, Mike defined his energetic and melodic guitar style in numerous bands in northwest Ohio and most notably, in The Raisin River band with longtime friend Jim Hurst.
Since moving to the Bay Area Mike entered the local scene with a confident G-run and began playing with the nationally known band Roanoke and more recently with Adobe Creek Bluegrass.
Blue & Lonesome is pleased to feature Mike's guitar playing and dynamic lead singing.

Larry Cohea

has loved bluegrass since he first saw Flatt & Scruggs perform in 1959. He has been playing bluegrass, and the banjo, since 1963, and has never strayed from this tradition style of bluegrass. Larry is originally from Springfield, Tennessee, but spent sometime growing-up in Bakersfield, CA. Larry came to the Bay Area in 1973, and joined Butch Waller's band, High Country, as a bass player. Soon thereafter he replaced Bruce Nemerov on the banjo and the rest is a well documented history, as he is still a member of that band, and a veteran of many other fine bluegrass bands from Northern California. Larry is one of the best, most hard-driving banjo players on the West Coast. His forthright, cutting vocal style is traditional bluegrass through and through. Larry sings lead, tenor, and baritone with Blue & Lonesome.

Paul Shelasky

is a native of Northern California and a long time resident of Novato California. Paul started on guitar at the age of fourteen, and began fiddle and mandolin at age eighteen. Although his parents were classically trained musicians, Paul taught himself to be fluent in bluegrass, jazz, Celtic and a smattering of other styles. Paul has earned two California State Fiddle Championships, has twice been named California State Flat-picking Guitar Champion and is an honorary lifetime member of the California Bluegrass Association. Paul played with several highly acclaimed bluegrass bands including twelve years with the Good Ol' Persons, five years as the resident fiddle player at Disneyland with the Rhythm Brothers and nine years touring with Lost Highway. He has been in concert and recorded with David Grisman, Tony Rice, Frank Wakefield and other bluegrass legends. Paul has toured the U.S., Canada, the British Isles, Europe and Taiwan. Blue & Lonesome will be counting on Paul's extensive knowledge of traditional bluegrass fiddlers and taking advantage of his budding comedy career.

Karen Wilhoyte

found bluegrass while studying tropical biology in Costa Rica during her junior year of college. While there, she befriended a banjo player and began taking bluegrass guitar lessons when she returned to the U.S. Several years later, she found herself at a bluegrass jam in California desperately in need of a regular bass player, so she took up the bass. Having grown up with the Latin rhythms and beats of Miami, Florida, she immediately fell in love with the bass and has been playing it ever since. She is known for her strong sense of groove and time. She is dedicated to preserving and promoting the sounds and styles of traditional bluegrass music. In addition to playing with Blue and Lonesome, she plays bass in the Hossettes and the Lucky Drive Bluegrass Band.

Blue & Lonesome -A band for your event, concert, or festival

Bookings: Contact Brijet Neff. Please contact us using your choice of contact from the list below,

Phone 707-778-8175
Mobile 707-364-2036
903 Grouse Lane
Petaluma, CA  94954
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