Love of Traditional Bluegrass meets a Fresh Bootlegger Approach to Old Time Music
Windy Hill plus Naked Bootleggers
2209 Broadway Street
Redwood City, CA, 94063
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
It’s immediately evident at a Windy Hill show that the band is excited about bluegrass music and have big fun picking and singing. They’re becoming increasingly well-known – and are winning awards – for their entertaining performances.
Windy Hill began as an idea in a Menlo Park (CA) High School wood shop class, where two 17-year-old friends sat around their work station sanding their projects ...
and talking about live music. They discovered a mutual love for the songs of Bill Monroe, Carter Stanley, and Jimmy Martin and set out to learn to play and sing traditional music.
In 2008, these two friends – Henry Warde and Ryan Breen – found themselves in Fort Collins, Colorado, and started their band. Windy Hill was always the natural choice for the band name, as Ryan's backyard in Portola Valley, CA, overlooks the town’s landmark – a golden hill separating the SF Bay Area from the Pacific Ocean.
The next year, they returned to California and another bluegrass-loving member of their high school class, Kyle McCabe, joined the band. Henry (mandolin), Ryan (banjo), and Thomas Wille (guitar) usually form the band’s power trio, while Kyle (bass) holds down the beat.
Notable milestones for Windy Hill:
Sept., 2010: Bluegrassin’ In the Foothills Emerging Artists of the Year – Plymouth, CA
June, 2011: Debut album released, Let’s Go to the Fair
July, 2011: Winners, String Summit Band Competition - Horning’s Hideout, Oregon
August, 2011: Second place, RockyGrass Band Competition - Lyons, Colorado
June, 2012: California Showcase Band at Father's Day Bluegrass Festival - Grass Valley, CA
The Naked Bootleggers: Local favorites from the Santa Cruz Mountains bring a fresh approach to OLD TIME MOUNTAIN MUSIC. Reviving the standards of yesterday while writing standards for tomorrow, local musicians Don Mackessy (banjo), Ona Stewart(guitar), S.T. Young (guitar, washboard, harmonica), James Mackessy (bass), Jeremy Lampel (mandolin) are bridging the gap between old time and contemporary music with captivating vocal harmonies, lyrical creativity and that high lonesome sound of old.