The hottest dance band in Nor Cal, the Earles of Newtown smokes. Keeping the party going ‘till closing, or getting them on their feet in concert, the Earles deliver. “Swingin’ Dixie is what the band calls this totally original take on the dance hall and street band traditions of New Orleans, seasoned with some Ellington/Callaway style New York jazz. A powerhouse rhythm section and tight arrangements of infectious original music set the stage for the dynamic vocals and clever soloists. The horn section punches up the sound so that, as one fan said, “Every song fills the world to bursting.” The band combines veterans with fresh talent and creates an all ages appeal.
The band calls Nevada City, in California’s Gold Country, home. Ever since the days when the miners came to town looking to kick loose in the streets, bars and whore houses, the place has always had a tradition of live music. Many of the themes of the lyrics in Ford’s compositions take their cue from the town.
Earle Ford - Vocals, Trumpet, Trombone, Alto Horn, Kazoo, Tenor Guitar
Chad Conner Crow - Vocals, Washboard, Madness
Jim Trefethen - Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Baritone Sax
Randy McKean - Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax
Joe Fajen - Tenor Trombone, Bass Trobone, Backing Vocals
Dave Wilcox - Tenor Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals
Bob Woods - Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, - Lap & Pedal Steel Guitars
Jacob Aginsky - Piano
Doug Bianchi - Bass, Backing Vocals
Karl Chelette - Drums [+]