Jay Allen Sanford 11 a.m., July 11
Creature and the Woods
RIYL: The Midnight Pine, Leanna May & the Matadors, Mrs. Henry, Noise Ratchet, Western Set, Counterfit, Silverbird, Old Palominos, Silent Comedy, Whiskey Circle, Kimmi Bitter, Cathouse Thursday, Blue Moonies
Inception: San Diego, 2014
Ex-Band Members: Shelbi Bennett, undetermined
Creature and the Woods essentially began as a duo featuring Roger Molina of Leanna May & the Matadors and Noise Ratchet and Midnight Pine’s Shelbi Bennet. After debuting their Widow’s Waltz EP in 2015, their album Rise was released in January 2017.
By 2019, the lineup featured Molina along with Dan Cervantes (Whiskey Circle, Mrs. Henry), Chad Lee (Silent Comedy, Mrs. Henry), Justin Rodriguez (Western Set, Counterfit), and Jody Bagley (Kimmi Bitter, Mrs. Henry). Their Joshua Tree EP was recorded at Eagle Ohm Ranch in Joshua Tree and released that April.
(Photo: Kristy Walker Photography, used with permission)