Ken Leighton 3 p.m., July 26
Shawn Rohlf & Friends
Sound description: Americana and folk-rock.
RIYL: The Coyote Problem, 7th Day Buskers, Steve Earl
Upcoming Local Shows
Influences: Tom Waits, Steve Earl, Hank Williams, Robin Henkel, Willie Nelson
Shawn P. Rohlf is a local multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, actor, and music teacher. Growing up in the small town of Elk River, Minnesota, his career started at age nine with guitar lessons and a four-year stint in the Land of Lakes Choirboys. He appeared on three albums, radio and television shows, and toured a fair portion of the United States.
The mid- to late '80s found him making some waves with his original band the Hillwilliams. From 1990 to 1995, Shawn was moving around from Santa Cruz to San Francisco performing solo and with various groups. The following two years were spent living in Amsterdam performing solo in the pubs, coffee shops, clubs, streets, as well as performances in a number of countries throughout Europe. In 2004, his acoustic roots band the 7th Day Buskers won Best American Band and have been nominated several other times. They were also nominated in the 2007 San Diego Music Awards. As of 2008, the 7th Day Buskers are on hiatus, and Shawn has been going solo on Sundays at the Hillcrest farmer's market.
In the studio, Shawn is credited for playing on many other artists' recordings. This includes multi-Tony award- and Grammy-winning Des McAnuff’s Collected Works of Billy the Kid. Producing credits include all of the 7th Day Buskers' work, his side project Gully, and a handful of other local groups.