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Ken Miele
Ken Miele
lead vocals & guitar
Paul Kraushaar
Paul Kraushaar

the producer
Shay Dillon
Shay Dillon

vocals
Craig Palmer
Craig Palmer

piano & vocals
Skip Alan Smith
Skip Alan Smith

drums & vocals
Bob Woods
Bob Woods

guitar & vocals
Pete Grant
Pete Grant

pedal steel...

 

 

 

 

 

Ken Miele

Ken Miele

Ken first performed professionally on the Ray Heatherton Radio Show in New York at the age of 10, playing the piano and singing.  Since then it has been nonstop performing across the country. Ken enjoys the current band a lot and says: "It is such a joy playing with this group of truely talented professionals!'

 

Doug Cohen

Doug Cohen

Bassist and one of the original founding members of the band. Born and raised in NYC started the MARKO PUPPET Theatre with Craig Marin of the Flexitoon Puppets in 1971, and toured the country for three years. As a member of the 3-D Apparition Theatre, director Ken Jacobs, he was able to audition in NYC for John and Yoko Lennon, the theatre was hired that night. Doug started working with Nicholas Ray as a 35MM cinematographer and assistant director while a student at SUNY Binghamton in upstate NY. While filming a movie with Nick in Texas he met Ray Benson and was inspired to form a band with Ken Miele. CousinCricket was created and began playing in Nevada County, most of Northern Ca. and Reno. With over 33 years of playing clubs Doug has developed a unique sound. As a member of many local bands Catch of the Day, Shay Dillon Blues Band, Petty Cash and the Herbin' Cowboys his true love is being a member of the Cousin Cricket Band.

 

Craig Palmer

Craig Palmer

"When I turned four years old I left home, got me a tattoo and became a full time musician for the restof my life. And I ain't homeless yet".

Craig Palmer began an impressive music career at the tender age of 18 as the Music Director of The San Diego Regis Philbin Show. Craig was deemed the number one act in San Diego for two years running, was Music Director of a very successful College Production of "The Rock Opera Tommy" by The Who, made a movie with Gary Puckett in the Philippines, and brought the Budwieser account from New York City to San Diego. Additionaly one of Craig’s Symphonic Compositions set a world wide precedent for production music of the 80's. Rockin' Ronnie Dawson, The King of Texas Rockabilly, recorded four of Craig's songs on his last CD. Locally, Craig has played with Lorraine Gervais, Objects In The Mirror, Ivan Najera, Saul Rayo, Ludi Hendricks, Free Sparrow, The Vagina Monologues, The Nevada County Composer's Cooperative, Shay Dillon and Cousin Cricket.

Shortly after relocating to Nevada City, CA. one of Craig's symphonic compositions was performed by The San Diego Symphony and currently has a Symphonic Composition pending with The Santa Cruz Symphony as atribute to Cindy Sheehan entitled "Woman's Day Proclamation" to be performed by The Cabrillo Symphony.

 

Ronnie Elkan

Ronnie Elkan

Ronnie was born and raised in Los Angeles CA. He studied classical music to the age of 16. At that time music laid dormant until he heard a band called Hot Lips and Fingertips around 1977.

Dan Kahane of Hot Lips and Fingertips showed Ronnie a few fiddle tunes before he moved from the L.A. area to Nevada City in the foothills of Northern CA. There he got to listen to great local bands of the time, one of those being Cousin Cricket. At that time he met Rudy Darling, great fiddleman from Nevada City, who got Ronnie to play contests. In 1979 Ronnie won the California Men's Division in Sonora. It wasn't long after that he was asked to play with a new band called Bite The Bullet. Playing a steady diet of western swing music they packed the clubs in the foothills. When that band disbanded the Stardust Cowboys was formed. Ronnie still plays with both groups. Along the way he also played with Kenny Miele (Full Swing and Cousin Cricket), Jimmie Fox, Jimi Beeler and Shelley (Loving Wife) in Private Stock as house band at the Brass Horse Saloon and The Yellow Rose from 1986 to 1992. Bite the Bullet was also the house band at the Yellow Rose for 2 years. One of the greatest honors has been being inducted into the Sacramento Western Swing Society Hall of Fame in 2007.

Ronnie has always felt very fortunate that his playing has opened a lot of doors along the way. He's had a chance to play with great players and wonderful friends. He's also had the opportunity to meet and tap the knowledge of fiddle greats like Harold Hensley, Tiny Moore, Randy Elmore, Johnny Gimble and as of late Jeremy Cohen.

 

Paul Kraushaar

Paul Kraushaar

Paul Kraushaar, Owner and Founder of Para-Sight Records and Productions has over 25 years of experience in all the facets of recording, producing, engineering and creating music.  He has worked with many well known names in the entertainment industry and in every area of live production and sound. 

 

Paul Kraushaar

Shay Dillon

Shay Dillon, the 2007 International Award winner for Best R&B/Soul Album and Best R&B/Soul Female Artist through Toronto Exclusive Online Awards and the 2006 International Award winner for the Best Female Solo Artist from the Music Aid International Music Awards, conveys not only a soulful and passionate delivery but it is one backed by classic songwriting skills and expertise.

 

Bob Woods

Bob Woods

Bob Woods has no ambition to be a star — but there are plenty of bands who want him to star on their team as lead guitar. They also like to play the rockabilly songs he writes and sings. Besides his own band the Bob Woods Trio, Woods — a part-time resident of Nevada City — also plays for the Shay Dillon Band, Cousin Cricket and Sticky Vikki and the Pinecones.

In his nearly 40-year career, he’s played with the legendary Surfaris, the Foothill Flyers and Gary Campbell and the Stardust Cowboys. He also has sat in with Commander Cody, Asleep at the Wheel, Albert Lee and Tiny Moore — and that’s just hitting the high spots in his musical odyssey.

 

Pete Grant

Pete Grant

“I’ve known Pete Grant for years and he’s always scared me whenever he plays. It's not the fear of spiders or fear of death, it's the fear of not practicing enough to be able to play the same things that Peter can play. And it’s not technique for technique’s sake either, it’s just good and scary stuff that comes directly from the heart by way of his brain. He's the master of the “snapper”—when you're onstage playing with him on some tune he’ll do something so mind-blowingly amazing that your head snaps around automatically to see what he just did. I would recommend buying anything he records. Get scared.” -- David Lindley

 

Skip Alan Smith

Skip Alan Smith

At first glance, to look at Skip you might think he's a little crazy, unpredictable, eccentric or "over the top." To talk to him for a while you'll find he's a little crazy, unpredictable, eccentric, and "over the top." How did that happen?
"When I was growing up I wanted to be a professional musician--a drummer to be exact--which makes the intent even funnier to some of my musician buddies. They would say, 'Drummers aren't musicians.' My Dad told me if I wanted to be a professional drummer, I better learn how to play as good or better than Buddy Rich or Gene Krupa, that is if I didn't want to starve. He told me to get a 'real' job." You can find more info on Skip here


 

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