Me on the left with Earl White (fiddle) and Dan Warrick (guitar) in one version of Earl's Band; Martha Hawthorne (currently of the Stairwell Sisters) on bass not pictured here.
Thursday, May 10, 2007 @4:19:49 AM
Hi Brendan! Figures that you would have been in the Earl White Band. I've seen the Earl White Band at different times with Brooks Masten, Evie Ladin, or Curtis Alsobrook on banjo, so it seems that you (or they!) are in good company. Not to mention Candy Goldman playing with Earl in Dave Mount's kitchen a couple years back. Cheers, Scott
Friday, May 11, 2007 @1:53:18 PM
Dan Warrick and I (or my wife Maxine on banjo) had played dances with Earl around here on and off for years when he would come through town, and when Earl lived here for several years before moving to Portland (he still works in Santa Cruz!) Dan, Martha Hawthorne (who now plays bass in the Stairwell Sisters), and me were Earl's "official" band for several years. We only played gigs about twice a year or so, though we did play in the Friday night concert at the Portland Gathering a few years ago; you might have seen us there.
Now that he's based in Portland, the Earl White String Band (slightly different name) is Earl, Adrienne, and Brooks, I believe. I don't think Evie was ever an "official" member of his band, but they've certainly played together over the years, as they are old friends, and I'm sure they've done the occasional dance or gig.
Bands in the Bay Area, such as they are, tend to be fluid and ephemeral, often just existing for a dance or two now and then. There don't seem to be as many relatively stable, ongoing bands as in places like Portland. We tend to mix and match as the occasion and opportunity arises.
I'm not sure if I've actually met you or not, but we've probably been to a few of the same parties, most likely around the Portland Gathering. If you see me somewhere and figure out who I am, come and introduce yourself. I'm always happy to meet fellow musicians!
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