Sequoia Rose is a bluegrass, country artist who has performed alongside bluegrass country legends like James King and Dave Evans, as well as Grammy Award Winning musicians like Clay Hess, Ron Block, Scott Vestal, Andy Leftwich, Cody Kilby, and Randy Khors. Sequoia Rose is now performing with a great band featuring hard-driving bluegrass tunes, classic country honky tonk sounds, psychedelic jam band instrumental breaks, and innovative original songwriting to create an authentic yet unique and immersive experience you don't want to miss!
“Due Belligerence and the Red Flags” are a Humboldt County, crusty country, string band bringing unmatched energy and lighthearted fun featuring Turtle, Pussy Bear, Edgar Thimble, and Phil. When asked to briefly describe the band Turtle informed me that “We like milfs, shitty beer, and quiet walks down by the nuclear power plant.”
Sequoia Rose band along with Due Belligerence will be making an appearance at the Miniplex at Richard’s Goat Tavern on February 3rd 2023 at 9:00 pm to celebrate the release of Rose’s album “Back to my Roots.”
Braeden Paul from Bluegrass Today shared his thoughts on the recent release by Sequoia Rose in the excerpt below.
“Sequoia Rose is known to the bluegrass community as an award-winning mandolinist and a former member of The James King Band. His latest release, Back to my Roots, is a blend between traditional sounds and more progressive musical ideas.
The bulk of the album’s nine tracks were written by Rose. The title track is a ballad that places strong emphasis on the overall theme of this project. The minimalist configuration of guitar and bass brings even greater light to Sequoia’s silky lead vocals.
The true highlights of this recording are the instrumental pieces which showcase Rose’s strong and soulful mandolin playing. West Union, Lambaste, and Miller’s Reel pairs Sequoia with guitarist Cody Kilby, bassist Barry Bales, banjoist Scott Vestal, resophonic guitarist Randy Kohrs, and fiddler Andy Leftwich.
Please Don’t Fade Away is the one track that felt out of place. It doesn’t fit into any one category stylistically speaking. The instrumentation which features electric guitar and drums is vastly different from anything else on this project. This song also contains some unnecessary vulgarity.
Trap House Blues is a moving and heartfelt piece on drug addiction and the life consequences one can face as a result of that dependency.
Two of the album’s tracks should be familiar to bluegrass listeners. Crazy Heart is a song that’s been previously recorded by artists such as James King and the Lonesome River Band, among others. Sequoia Rose does a great straight ahead rendition with solid instrumental backing from Clay Hess on banjo and John Bellew on bass. All I Ever Loved Was You was written by Ricky Skaggs’ mother, Dorothy, and has been covered by many artists over the years. Rose’s simple duet version featuring himself on guitar, mandolin, and vocals, along with Bellew on bass, is a fitting closer for this project.
Back To My Roots is somewhat of a fitting title for this album. Sequoia Rose has released a recording that pays homage to tradition while also looking forward and slightly pushing the boundaries. It is a well-conceived effort.”
If you like country, bluegrass, and string band music with original songwriting and outstanding musicianship then c’mon out for a wonderful night at the Miniplex at Richard’s Goat Tavern on February 3rd 2023 at 9:00 pm to celebrate the release of Sequoia Rose’s album “Back to my Roots” and enjoy the gritty and soulful sounds of real country, not pop country!