Sweetwater String Band is a high energy, cello-driven bluegrass band. They deliver soulful lyrics embedded in original tunes. Formed in 2008 in the small mountain town of Mammoth Lakes, their music is inspired by the wild deserts and high mountains of eastern California. The band quickly established roots and a fan base playing at locally-renowned venues such as Whoa Nellie Deli on the shore of Mono Lake, and a the mid-mountain station accessible only by ski gondola. A crazed shoulder to shoulder popularity has stuck with them. Recent tours have now taken them further afield throughout California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado including festival stops at Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, Humboldt Hills Hoedown, Millpond Music Festival, Northstar Bleerfest and Bluegrass, Backcountry Bluegrass Festival, Mountain Sage Music Series, and Tahoe’s Telegrass. They’ve performed with favorites such as Grant Farm, Cornmeal, Dead Winter Carpenters, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage.
"River of Rhymes" was released in 2014 and features all new original songwriting . The album navigates through a mosaic of introspective revelations, vivid natural imagery, political commentary, and even a tribute to the late Doc Watson. "River of Rhymes" has gained acclaim from critics and fans alike. Gideon Thomas of No Depression writes: "The band have created a work of both intimacy and wide-scale, cinematic vistas. A work which juxtaposes serious insight and commentary with bright, often jaunty, almost athletic arrangements...River Of Rhymes is one of those records which are instantly likeable, a truly worthy listen. The songs are great, their playing immaculate, and their approach and subject matters fascinating. The band has an interesting sound, diverse and different."
The band is excited to take to the road in 2015 to share their unique sound and potent songwriting with friends and audiences, both old and new.