Original music from the Rogue River Country!
The musical group, Ponderosa Breeze, performs their own brand of Homegrown Free Range Music. Created in the wilds of the Rogue River country, their music flows like the river itself, wild and savage, yet can become cool, calm and very inviting at times. A typical Ponderosa Breeze performance will include, hard rockin numbers, pop melodies, introspective ballads and even tender love songs, all neatly combined to create a show full of good clean fun and exciting entertainment. ;A strong work ethic, professional attitude,;along with their exceptional talent, all add up to make Ponderosa Breeze a perfect fit for most musical venues!
Larry West began playing music soon after he got his first guitar from Santa Claus. He started playing in bands around the age of 12. During the 60'she was giging around Frisco in a band called The Mystery Trend, and hangingwith the likes of The Great Society,The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother, The Charlatans and Moby Grape. He began writing his own songs around this time. Eventually the psychedelic mayhem became a bit too much, and he found his way to Southern Oregon, and settled into a more organic lifestyle in the hills of the Rogue River Valley. He continued to write music,joined Southern Oregon Songwriters' Association and played in several local bands over the years, including, Gold Coach Express, Full Measure, The Rockhounds, Return To Zero, The Franklyn Jonez Band and finally, Hired Gun. Larry's influences range from Hank to Hendrix, with plenty of Neil Young, Rolling Stones and The Beatles thrown into the mix.
Franklin Jonez(Slide and rhythm guitar, banjo, vocals)
has been writing songs since the age of 15. His smooth
singing and inspirational guitar playing are a pleasure to
hear as he takes one on a journey of melodic sound and
penetrating emotion. Franklin has been with acts that
shared the stage with B. B. King, Robin Ford, Etta James
and many others
Gus Johnson, on Keys and vocals is a founding member of Southern Oregon Songwriter's Assoc. As a long time friend and musical collaborator of Larry's, he was a natural choice to round out the group.