Rita does perform solo but is most often joined by Sean Feder on dobro and banjo, and frequently by Bill Dakin on upright bass. Below is a list of musicians that often play with Rita.
Sean FederSean's three decades of music performance has been eclectic with a strong penchant towards everything rooted in rhythm. His music career includes collaborative performance and recording projects with several notable rhythmic and melodic masters, such as Arthur Hull (Village Music Circles), Hershel Yatovitz (of Chris Isaak), and Joe Craven. For ten years Sean taught afro-latin style hand drumming classes at UC Davis and to private groups between Sacramento and Berkeley. He still occasionally provides lively percussion to the Bay Area modern celtic stalwarts, Driving with Fergus. With a foundation of guitar since age 10 and piano since age 6, ten years ago he embarked on a journey into the energizing twang and spark of banjo and dobro. This largely self-taught adventure has been enhanced by lessons from the likes of Bill Evans (banjo) and Rob Ickes (dobro). Sean ably serves the groove and melody in order to reveal and kindle the spirit of the music.
Bill DakinBill has provided upright bass, vocals and guitar to Cousin Jack since 2005. His love for roots music runs deep whether it is The Stanley Brothers, The Carter Family, or Doc Boggs. But his musical influences include Neil Young, Camper Van Beethoven, Miles Davis and Bill Frisell as well. His soulful and sensitive playing rounds out the Cousin Jack sound, supporting Rita's songs and driving the music to where other band members may be taking it.
Andy LentzAndy has been contributing his adept fiddling to the band since 2006. His distinctive sound is an amalgamation of his classical beginnings, his early love of Celtic fiddling, his foray into bluegrass in college, and his continuing dedication to supporting and enhancing Rita’s songs. Whether the song calls for a light touch, a ripping bluegrass lead, or more of a rock and roll mentality, Andy is always at the ready. In addition to performing and recording with Rita, Andy has contributed his sound to live performances and recordings by The Devil Makes Three, The West Nile Ramblers, The Brothers Comatose, The Mad Cow String Band, The Alkali Flats, and Cooper McBean and the Vested Interests. You can find out more about what Andy's up to at his website, www.andylentz.com .
Rich BrothertonRich is the full time guitar player and harmony singer in the Robert Earl Keen Band. That means he doesn't do live shows much with Rita, but he is a very important figure in her music. When not riding the bus or playing with REK, Rich creates music out of his awesome little recording studio in Austin, Texas called Ace Recording. He produced, recorded, mixed and performed on all three of Rita's latest CD releases--Come Sunrise (2009), Burn (2011) and now Little Boat (2013). He has been cited twice as Best Acoustic Guitarist and once as Best Producer by the Austin Chronicle's Austin Music Awards, and he received the Louis Benezet Award from Colorado College for outstanding achievement by an alumnus. In addition to Rita's records, Rich's production credits include Robert Earl Keen's Farm Fresh Onions and What I Really Mean, Caroline Herring's Lantana, and many more. You can hear the old Harmony tenor guitar that Rich first learned chords on back in Augusta, Georgia at age 8 on Rita's new release, Little Boat. Thank you, Rich!
Kora FederKora Feder is a multi-instrumentalist and lovely singer. From age 5 she trained in Suzuki violin with teacher Florie Brown (Golden Bough) and then with Angela Kost at the Davis Waldorf School. Along the way her aptitude for strings has applied to many different instruments, including clawhammer banjo, guitar, and mandolin. She is in her first year of college, but still manages to tour here and there with her parents, performing at various venues and festivals in the US and UK. Kora sang on and created a video for "Live in the 16 to 1 Mine" and is featured in a co-write with Rita and two other songs on Rita's 2013 CD release, "Little Boat."
FergusFergus' full name is Fergus Fox Feder the First, of the Weasley clan. He plays the fife, the fiddle, and the french horn, and he's heavily influenced by the Foo Fighters. Fergus is fairly ferocious, his favorite sport is fishing (frisbee was too much work,) and he prefers not to frolic. Fergie also prefers napping to touring, so he mostly stays home. Fffff.