From the hills and hollers of Northern California comes a country/Americana/bluegrass trio called Keystone Canyon, whose members are longtime friends with decades of experience playing various kinds of music. Imagine old-school country songs, bluegrass and a bit of old-time rock and roll, played on two acoustic guitars and a Fender Precision bass, with three lead singers and three-part harmonies, and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect from this exciting new trio.
The members of Keystone Canyon are also part of an electric rockin' country band called Blithedale Canyon that includes pedal steel guitar and sometimes drums. Two of the players – Larry Carlin and Claudia Hampe – also have a duo called Keystone Crossing. With guitarist Gary Bauman also singing lead and harmony, the trio offers up quite the variety in sounds and styles.
As a result, at any Keystone Canyon show you are likely to hear a melodious mix of Merle, Hank, Johnny, Patsy and Emmylou, along with Creedence, The Mavericks, Neil Young, The Byrds, and the Dead.
Band Member Bios
Larry Carlin, bass and vocals, is a longtime performer, producer, and writer of bluegrass and country in the San Francisco Bay Area. Originally from King of Prussia, PA, he has been living in Sausalito for 33 years. He and his partner, Claudia Hampe, have a duo called Keystone Crossing as well as a five-piece bluegrass band called Keystone Station. For 31 years he played with Dr. Elmo (of "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" fame) and Wild Blue.
Claudia Hampe grew up in Radnor, PA, and has been living in Mill Valley since the early '70s. She sang in folk groups in high school, and her singing group, The Jovial Singers, beat out a fledgling singer/songwriter named Jim Croce at a talent show in 1964. She sang in the Marin County band Rowdy & The Rivets in the early '80s, and she plays with Larry in the Keystone bands. She plays rhythm guitar and sings the beautiful parts that make Blithedale Canyon sound so good. To support her music habit, she has been working as a real estate broker in Mill Valley for almost 40 years.
Gary Bauman, on acoustic guitar and vocals, is originally from LA but now lives in San Anselmo. He began playing guitar as a kid, and was influenced early on by the surf music of Dick Dale, The Ventures, and The Beach Boys. He is a versatile player who has played with a long list of Bay Area bands, including the current ensembles The Ghost Riders, Rovetti & Meatballs, and Todos Santos. Gary is right at home playing country, swing, blues, and bluegrass.