Loyal Rose is a folk jam band, bringing together talented musicians from varying musical backgrounds. Their recipe for a full dance floor and tasty jams is one hunk boogie train beat, one shake acoustic rock, topped with a heap of groovy zydeco - the ‘Original West County Sound’. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area,
Loyal Rose is:
TODD LOYAL ROSE, a Bay Area native, is a songwriter/guitarist/vocalist. Originally rooted in the stringband and bluegrass band scene around the Bay Area, Todd's creative approach towards existing music mandated a transition to songwriting and has since developed into a style all his own. His catchy compositions blend a textural, rhythmic, percussive style of guitar with inspiringly positive lyrics, unique verse phrasing, and solid delivery, creating an original, groove-oriented platform for musical exploration.
JEN RUND is a long time bassist and musician with a melodic, funky style. Insatiable in her exploration of music, she has performed and recorded with a wide variety of people and ensembles in both the US and Europe, including: rock, pop, folk, Latin, jazz, R&B, funk, and blues bands, in venues ranging from clubs to festivals. Since moving to Marin in 2011, Jen has shared the stage with many local legends, and has become a fixture in the Bay Area music scene herself. She has a style all her own, and brings a passionate joy of playing to all of her musical endeavors.
ELVIS JOHNSON was born in Baltimore started playing drums in 1980. He was a founding member of Bay Area groups Fillmore Blues Foundation, Sativa Blue and Leavenworth; has recorded numerous albums with blues, reggae, funk and rock artists; and has toured nationally with Johnny Cash Tribute Band, Rusty Evans and the Ring of Fire. Elvis plays extensively with various groups around the Bay Area, and is enjoying being a part of the Original West County Sound.
Born and raised until age 20 in Brooklyn, NY, Gary has studied with such banjo greats as Marty Cutler, Mark Horowitz, and Bela Fleck. He played with the Sunhill String Band, a New York based bluegrass band until early on, when he met a fiddle player named Vassar Clements who invited him to visit Nashville, and soon found himself heading south in pursuit. While in Nashville, he studied pedal steel guitar and met a touring band from Southern California, The Cache Valley Drifters. Gary toured with The Drifters and eventually moved to Santa Barbara to continue playing with the band. Years later, he moved to the San Francisco area where he played in several bluegrass band. The New Good Old Boys, Keystone Station, The Grass Cutters and the newly formed Savannah Blu.