The Western Collective

Chad Farran: Bass guitar, Drums, Guitar (electric), Percussion, Vocals | Trent Hancock: Bass guitar, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Justin Werner: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Harmonica, Vocals | Fast Heart Mart: Banjo, Bass guitar, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Jamie Shadowlight: Fiddle, Violin

Genre: Rock

RIYL: Chad Farran, Superunloader, Pruitt Iago, Trent Hancock, Jimmy Gnecco, Ours, Regina Spektor, Jason Mraz

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Inception: San Diego, 2013

Influences: Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Elliot Smith, Violent Femmes, the Handsome Family, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams


Female-fronted, the Western Collective was founded by Justin Werner, Trent Hancock and Fast Heart Mart, backing each others' guitar songs on bass, cajon, banjo, harmonica, and vocals.

Chad Farran (Superunloader, Pruitt Iago) joined the band primarily as a songwriter and rummer/percussionist, but plays many other instruments as well. Jamie Shadowlight joined on violin and fiddle.

"[The band] consists of five members from several bands that I have played with over the years," says Farran. "Each member is an amazing musician, songwriter, and storyteller in their own right."

They released their debut album Hearts and Dreams in 2014.


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