Since 2013, I've played with a series of bands as part of a horn section that's come to be known as The Horn Stars. Originally based in Montana, we're now headquartered in Denver, CO.
Members over the years have included saxophonists Tanner Fruit, Jake Syrenne, and Jake Fleming, and trumpeters Tully Olson and Nathan Crawford.
Based in Bozeman, MT, The Dusty Pockets are a rock & roll band with blues, soul, and country influences. Their deep roots in all walks of American popular music can be heard not only in original songs written by leader Dave Walther and bassist Montgomery Griffith, but also in their skillful, authentic covers of artists including The Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Little Feat, Paul Cauthen, Van Morrison, and more.
The Horn Stars have collaborated with DP since 2017; we can be heard on their original album Hard Line (2018), EP Dust Covers (2019), studio single She Was Wrong (2020), and another album of original music slated for release in 2021.
"Ophelia" (Live, September 2017)
"She Was Wrong" (Live, August 2017)
During the Great Cancelfest of 2020, Tanner and I were invited by our friends Brian Rempel (drums) and Randy Kemp (bass) to collaborate remotely with their respective bands based in Golden, CO. We look forward to being able to join them on stage and perform this music in person once music venues can safely open.
The Dust Stompers - "American Dream" (horn tracking BTS)
Umbrella Man - Horn tracking for the album UM-1 (BTS)
The Dust Stompers - "Gentlemen, Scholars, Scoundrels" (horn tracking BTS)
The Dust Stompers - "Not Listening" (horn tracking BTS)
The Hawthorne Roots are an Americana/folk/rock band fronted by the marvelously talented singer-songwriter duo Maddie and Emma Kelly. After years of running into the Kelly sisters at music festivals and shows, I was invited to be a part of their studio project "On Second Thought." Joining me are Nathan Crawford (trumpet) and Tanner Fruit (saxophone).
"Two Little Lonely Birds"
Cure for the Common was a rock band based in Bozeman, MT, from 2008-2017. I was a recurring guest with them from 2013-2017, along with Tully Olson (trumpet) and Tanner Fruit (saxophone). This was the first time we started to be called by the nickname "The Horn Stars," and the name stuck.
Though Cure for the Common is no longer active, they produced a wealth of audio and video content during their 9-year run. Perhaps our favorite project was the Legends Lost concert series: a New Year's tribute to some of the celebrated artists who died in the year 2016. The Horn Stars were a part of the studio album "The Squeeze" and the live album "Live in Montana: NYE 2014-2015." We also performed at the opening of the New Mountain Amphitheater in Asheville, NC, and played three sets at Wakarusa 2015 in Ozark, AR.
Live, December 2015
Live, December 2015
New Year's 2015-2016 Highlights
New Year's 2014-2015 Highlights