Northern California Mountain Jazz At Your Service....
Nor Cal Acoustic!
The Pine Needles take the string band sound into a variety of traditional and modern acoustic directions. Currently performing on the west coast and making demos for their first full-length CD, the group explores original and classic jam improvs, acoustic rock & popular music, swing jazz, historic folk, and old time fiddle music. The Pine Needles formed out of a love for mountain style string band acoustic instruments and the wonderful musical textures they produce in an ecclectic jam & string band setting. Founder Josh Needleman first heard the American string band sound in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York at age 4. After performing and studying rock, jazz, latin, broadway, soul, world, and classical music for many years, Josh has settled nicely into eclectic string music. During those formative years, Josh was seen on stage or recorded with many top flight professionals including David Grisman, Joe Craven, Don Cherry, Matt Butler, Archie Williams, Collage of i, Lucas Arts, Scribe, Nina Gerber, Carl Locket, Kit Walker, & Symphony Parnasus. Add old time & jazz mandolin/fiddler man Morgan Meadow, (a second place winner at The Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Contest and Skiffle Symphony jug & string band founder who produced 2 CDs with old time master mandolinist Kenny Hall) to the line up, and you have the basic ingredients for a rich tapestry of mandolin and guitar music. Here is a fine, fun, and evolving acoustic ensemble...Enjoy and be kind.
We play live ONLY. We play the shows we get offered and we have "A Ton Of Fun".
David Grisman, Doc Watson, Jerry Garcia,
Kenny Hall, Horace Silver, Ron Carter,
Bill Monroe, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush,
Miles Davis, Jobim, Pete Seeger, Gospel,
Jazz Standards, Jerry Douglas, John Coltrane, CSNY, The Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, The Police, Bob Marley, Herbie Hancoc, James Browne
Beethoven, Brahms, Edger Myer, Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Parker, Rush, The Beatles, Sting, Cake, Paul Simon, Pink Floyd, Operetta
100% handmade acoustic instruments, Macke PA, Nueman and Earthworks Microphones.
Enjoy, and if you can, Be Kind. (-'