Dryw Keltz 2 p.m., Jan. 23
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
RIYL: Chad Farran, Superunloader, Pruitt Iago, Trent Hancock, Jimmy Gnecco, Ours, Regina Spektor, Jason Mraz
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.