Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang ft. Nicki Bluhm, Keith Moseley, & Alex Koford w/ The Higgs

Scott Law and Ross James' Cosmic Twang

Scott Law & Ross James first met at Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, and have been blazing a trail through their own blend of psychedelic country rock n’ roll music ever since. They share a passion for pushing musical boundaries, and have an amazing sense of improvisation and connection. On any given night you will hear the influences of Bill Monroe, Merle Haggard, The Grateful Dead, or the Velvet Underground running through their music. Cosmic Twang are recognized for their stellar sit-ins, and their unique ability to bring those guests into their musical fold. Memorable collaborations have included Phil Lesh, Dave Schools, Nicki Bluhm, Stu Allen and Cass McCombs.

Multifaceted artist Scott Law is an accomplished guitar master, singer-songwriter and recording artist operating at the very highest level of his craft. Hailed as an “esteemed flatpicker” by Acoustic Guitar, Law is equally reverent and inventive on steel strings whether in a lead or supporting role.

Law’s versatility on the guitar ranges from the flatpicking school of Doc Watson, to the hardcore country pickings of Clarence White, Albert Lee and Don Rich, to the electric blues of Mike Bloomfield, while also giving a feel and fluidity reminiscent of Jerry Garcia.

A not-so-secret weapon sought after for his distinctive ability to elevate the potency of any collaboration, Law is a fearless improviser. His original songs and story-like solos come straight from the heart of rock, rhythm & blues, country and bluegrass, granting him the creative latitude to constantly push the envelope and deliver an unforgettable experience.

Law has performed with an array of bluegrass, American roots, rock and jam band luminaries including Phil Lesh & Friends, longtime musical accomplices The String Cheese Incident, Darol Anger, Tim & Nicki Bluhm, Tony Furtado, The Mother Hips, Crooked Still, Peter Rowan, The Travelin' McCourys, Leftover Salmon, Danny Barnes, Railroad Earth, Jerry Joseph, Melvin Seals, Brokedown in Bakersfield and many others.

Law is also a dedicated and experienced music educator, teaching at various workshops, schools, camps, festivals and private sessions each year. When off the road, he lives in Portland, Oregon.

Ross James

Ross James is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, production manager for Phil Lesh & Friends, and executive director of Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California. Ross currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, but grew up in Michigan, and spent his childhood seeing live music around the Detroit area, with favorite bands like Green Day, The White Stripes and Lou Reed influencing his interest in guitar and sound. Ross currently uses his killer guitar and improvising skills while playing with Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang, The Terrapin Family Band, and Phil Lesh & Friends.

California native Nicki Bluhm is a singer, songwriter and performer. In 2008 Bluhm released her first album, Toby’s Song and with its release put together her band The Gramblers. Nicki went on to release her second effort Driftwood (2012) establishing her and the band as a nationally touring act. While playing shows around the country she and the band decided to pass the time and long drives filming what became their viral “Van Sessions” covering nostalgic songs of their past. In the aftermath, Bluhm and The Gramblers became headliners, touring constantly throughout North America, including festivals like Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Newport Folk and Telluride Bluegrass.

The band continued to record and put out two albums including their self titled Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers (2013) and their most recent effort Loved Wild Lost (2015), launching them on an extended US tour and their debut European tour. The Chicago Tribune wrote “Nicki has filled a void in music with her brand of vintage-tinged rocking country soul – music that’s like an enchanting friend you’ve known for a short while, but feels like you’ve known forever.”

At the completion of their 2016 Loved Wild Lost tour, Nicki was asked to join the The Infamous Stringdusters in support of their album Ladies and Gentlemen. That project led to a collaboration with Ryan Adams at Telluride Bluegrass, Newport Folk and on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show. Nicki has also had the honor of singing with musicians including Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule, Karl Denson, Boz Scaggs, Anders Osborne, Bonnie Raitt, Phil Lesh, Jackie Green, and many others.

In early 2017, inspired by the current US political climate, Nicki wrote a song called “Remember Love Wins”. She recorded and released it, with an accompanying video, in a seven-day burst of creative energy. It received a nod from Rolling Stone saying: “‘Remember Love Wins’, like Pete Seeger singing ‘We Shall Overcome,’ hits not just on the struggle ahead, but our ability to eventually come out on the right side of history.” Most recently, Nicki was the voice of Sarah on the tender duet “No Wrong Way Home” in the short animated film Pearl, which was nominated for an Oscar.

Nicki’s future holds new songs, recordings and many more performances as a solo performer, as a guest vocalist and with The Gramblers. Both on record and in her live performances, she will continue to explore new directions, touching her listeners with her smoky vocals and dynamic stage presence.

Stay tuned for the next chapter…

Keith Moseley

Keith Moseley (born February 5, 1965) is an American musician and songwriter, who plays bass guitar among other instruments for The String Cheese Incident, a jamband from Boulder, Colorado, of which he was a founding member.

He has written and provides vocals for a number of songs for the band, including "Resume Man", "Joyful Sound" and "Sometimes a River". Before he was with the String Cheese Incident, Moseley played guitar in the band Whiskey Creek Warriors, which played around the Colorado ski scene.

Moseley plays primarily a Lakland 55-94 and a Modulus Genesis 5. However, he also played a Modulus Quantum, Lakland Hollowbody, Eminence upright bass and a Fender Precision bass on the much lower key in the post-String Cheese Incident gigs. Moseley for most of his String Cheese Incident days used SWR amps and Goliath 4x10 cabinets, but in later years has played through Ampeg SVT-4 Pro with 6x10 cabinets. He occasionally will perform solo acts, playing acoustic versions of String Cheese Incident songs, and covers. He plays a Martin D-35 acoustic while playing these gigs.

Alex Koford

Drummer for Colonel & the Mermaids and Terrapin Family Band

The Higgs

Through their incessant playing and enthusiastic fan base, The Higgs have become one of the fastest-growing, original jam bands in California today. Named after the elusive Higgs-Boson particle - which provides for "mass" of all things in the Universe and helps to unify the different forces; The Higgs blur musical boundaries and unify the different sounds of jam rock, prog, alt-rock, reggae and blues into an awesome musical fusion. The four members include John Lovero (Guitar/Vocals), Garrett Morris (Drums), David Barsky (Bass/Vocals), and Jesse August Jennings (Keys/Organ/Synth). With their tremendous stage presence showing how much they truly enjoy interacting with their audiences, it shows up in their sound, which is known for being tight & infectious. Come check out why The Higgs are one of the fastest-growing bands in the scene today!!

John Lovero is a singer/songwriter, lead guitarist, who writes the majority of The Higgs music. His influences range from Stephen Stills, Neal Casal, to Jimmy Herring. He has been featured in many bands including Midnight North.

Garrett Morris is versed in a plethora of musical genres and holds a degree in drums and percussion. He launched his career by touring with Igor and Red Elvises. Morris has played on numerous albums. He played kit in a musical production of "School House Rock Live" in Los Angeles selling out three consecutive months. Garrett also performed with Rita Coolidge, members of The Guess Who, and Mike Woods (America).

David Barsky, originally from Philadelphia, is a multi-instrumentalist focusing on bass who draws inspiration from a myriad of genres; from jazz, to electronica, classical, folk and reggae. David has performed hundreds of shows across the country on guitar, keyboards, bass and trombone, and covering a large variety of genres.

Jesse August Jennings hails from the East Coast. He has an epic amount of experience with Piano/Rhodes/Clav, various analog synths and Hammond organ. His first touring band, Purple Schoolbus, played close to one thousand live shows over the continental US; they performed in various line ups with artist Keller Williams, Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit, members of SouLive and many other jam outfits. Jennings has done shows with Grammy winner John Starling and has recorded music with players like Jay Starling (Love Canon) and Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers).

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