The Very Lonesome Boys

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Very Lonesome Trio
Tom Lee, Peter Feldmann, and David West
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The Very Lonesome Trio

These three veteran musicians bring a wealth of material to their audiences, featuring mandolins, guitars, banjo and upright bass. Early country songs, bluegrass standards, and much more. Their sound varies from the bright sound of twin banjos, or banjo/mandlolin duets, to the rich overtones of double guitar and mandolin-guitar classics, all accompanied by the warm, classic bass lines provided by Tom Lee.

A singer and multi-instrumentalist with many years' performing experience throughout California and the West, Peter Feldmann has been presenting bluegrass, folk, string band, and related musics since the early 1960's, and is known as the founder of the Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddler's Convention, and the original Bluebird Café in Santa Barbara, a music club highly influential on the Southern California Music scene. Peter's tribute CD to Uncle Dave Macon, Grey Cat On The Tennessee Farm, was named to the nation's Top Ten Bluegrass albums of 2005 by the Chicago Tribune. Peter was given the Music Legend Award by the Topanga Banjo/Fiddle organization in 2008.

The Very Lonesome Trio's distinctive sound is firmly grounded by the solid bass lines of Tom Lee, veteran of the Cache Valley Drifters and The Bluegrass Cardinals.Tom's music ranges far and wide, from traditional jazz to country, Hawiian, and bluegrass standards. As a skilled bassist, Tom has toured with the Drifters, the Bluegrass Cardinals, and many other musical groups. His vocal harmonies add richness to the group's duo and trio arrangements. He is also the director of the Song Tree Music Series, a popular concert forum in Goleta, bringing lots of great music to the area.

David West has produced over sixty albums as a staff producer for CMH Records in Los Angeles, and many more as a freelance producer through his Play Ball! Musical Services and Studio "Z" based in Santa Barbara, CA.  A multi-instrumentalist, his playing has appeared on hundreds of albums, TV shows and commercials, plus many film sound tracks.  His early career was spent on the road with the Cache Valley Drifters (founding member) and as an accompanist to songwriter Kate Wolf.  The last fifteen years have been devoted primarily to being a studio musician.  He still occasionally tours, backing up some of his favorite musicians, including Peter Lewis (Moby Grape), Chris Hillman (Byrds), California musician/musicologist Peter Feldmann and Nashville/California songwriter Kate Wallace.  

VL Trio
David West, Peter Ferldmann, Tom Lee


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