THE LITTLEBAND is appearing at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. Admission is $20. Courtesy photo


LittleBand to dish it out at Coz

By From page B3 | October 25, 2013

Keith Little and the LittleBand will be performing at the Cozmic Café, 549 Main St. in Placerville, on Friday evening, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.

Centered around the creative work of Garden Valley’s Keith Little (guitar and vocals), the LittleBand is a relatively new collaborative ensemble coming together to perform a diverse range of music.

Rooted in bluegrass, gospel, and blues, the combination of fellow band members Michael Witcher (dobro and vocals), Josh Tharp (banjo and vocals), Luke Abbott (fiddle and vocals) and Steve Swan (string bass and vocals), produces an exciting sound that is both authentic and unique.

“I see music more as a shape or color, than a style,” said Little. “Rich and round, like a supper plate and this group can really serve it up. The material we perform is taken from both traditional and contemporary sources, performed on acoustic instruments and human voices (often in vibrant harmony), and rendered with heartfelt care.”

Over a career spanning 40 years, Little has been an important member of many national touring bands including the Country Gentlemen, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, and Lonesome Standard Time. He performed on the Grammy award-winning recordings “The Grass Is Blue” and “Little Sparrow” by Dolly Parton, and “Another Country” by the Chieftains, and is currently a featured member of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, and the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.

Fellow Rowan bandmate Witcher is a leading exponent of the dobro resonator guitar, having recorded or toured with Dwight Yoakam, Fernando Ortega, Laurie Lewis and Dolly Parton among others. Known for his rich tone and lyrical phrasing, Witcher is also a highly sought after instructor.

In addition to playing banjo, Fiddletown’s Tharp plays the guitar, mandolin, dobro and string bass. A masterful harmony vocalist, Tharp grew up in Arizona, relocating to join Southern California’s Lost Highway. A talented luthier, Tharp performs with the LittleBand on a banjo of his own making.

Abbott began turning heads in the California music scene at the age of 11, when he began simultaneously learning all the standard bluegrass instruments (banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin). An extraordinary musician, Abbott has performed with bluegrass greats Kathy Kallick and Frank Wakefield, and also possesses a fabulous singing voice.

Bassist Swan is a long time veteran player who also owns a guitar shop in Burlingame — Steve Swan Guitars — which specializes in high quality acoustic guitars, string basses and related instruments.

“Steve brings his great tone to the group, along with a steady beat, a steady personality and a team player’s spirit,” said Little.

The Oct. 25 performance will be filmed live and is a rare local opportunity to see this group.

For more information call 530-642-8481.

Cozmic Café

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