Sean plays dobro, banjo, various guitars, percussion, and sings with Rita as her primary accompanist. His 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. Another of Sean's musical projects is a band called The Muddy Waders.
He once (long ago) named a steer "Baseballa," and he especially likes when he's asked to sign a baseball...
Bill has provided upright bass, vocals and guitar to Rita's music 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. His soulful and sensitive playing and singing rounds out the trio sound. Bill loves to talk about music and musicians, and he plays in another band (with Sean Feder) called The Muddy Waders, as well as What's Left and Shepherd's Pie. He also has a cute dog that loves him very much.
Kora Feder is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and exceptional 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. Kora sang on and created a video for Live in the 16 to 1 Mine, is featured in a co-write with Rita and two other songs on Rita's 2013 CD release, Little Boat, is heard singing on Rita's 2015 release, Frankie and the No-Go Road, and is featured as a co-writer and performer on Rita's 2018 release, For Real. Now based in New York City, Kora recently made a beautiful EP called Marigolds, "the carefully conceived work of a thoroughly engaging and exceptionally capable storyteller," - Lonely Ghost Burning. It's available now for listening and purchase at her website, www.korafeder.com .