“Truly a new twist to the old mountain sound we call bluegrass. More like Heartgrass. Or Soulgrass. Riveting.” – Bergamot Alley
Sweetwater String Band is a 4-piece, cello driven “soulgrass” band founded in the Eastern Sierra of California in 2008. Their music blends Chatham County Line style lyricism with Yonder Mountain String Band style energy, wrapping audiences in an enthusiastic yet introspective atmosphere. Since 2012 the band has completed several successful tours of the West Coast, Desert Southwest, and Colorado, including recent festival appearances at RapidGrass, YarmonyGrass, Lost Sierra Hoedown, Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, Millpond Music Festival and Humboldt Hills Hoedown, as well as numerous venues and concert series including this year’s Ouray Mountain Air Music Series where they performed for over 1,000 people.
Their music often deals with serious issues such as mountaintop removal coal mining, workers rights, and the attempt to find middle ground in todays divided political arena. This seriousness is balanced by ghost stories, drinking songs, heart ache, and tales from the long, lonesome road. The band has released two full length albums of all original material (Debut, 2011 and River of Rhymes, 2014) featuring the songwriting of Scott Roberts (mandolin/vocals) and David Huebner (cello/vocals), with Jeff Meadway on guitar and Patrick Ferguson on bass.