James M Harman

James M Harman

     Born in San Francisco, guitarist James M Harman fills out his career with solo to big band gigs in California, Texas, Mexico, Germany and England, music director for several musicals, teaching 8 years at Marin School of the Arts and studio sessions with diverse artists such as Pete Magadini, Ed Goldfarb and German artist Christoph Pagel.

     Releasing his debut album Wanderlust in 2014, his upcoming album showcases a new band with Grammy winning artist, Kevin Hayes (Robert Cray, John Lee Hooker) drumming and co-producing with John Main on bass (Carlene Carter, Doug Sahm, Rick James) and keyboardist Mike Emerson (Tommy Castro, Carlene Carter and Percy Sledge).

John Main - Bass

    Bassist and band leader with Carlene Carter for 35 years. Recording on double platinum records with Doug Sahm and Rick James. Producer, writer, A&R V.P. for legendary Studio 56. Touring 45 of the United States and 17 countries. Living in London and Amsterdam, recording and performing with numerous European artists.

     HBO, Showtime, Austin City Limits and NBC’s Midnight Special with artists including; Roy Buchanan, Peter Rowan, the Pointer Sisters, Jackie Deshannon, Jesse Colin Young, Huey Lewis, Freddy King, Charlie Daniels, Bill Kirchen, Alex Call, John Mcfee(Doobie Bros), Dave Jenkins(Pablo cruise), The Blues Broads and Nick Gravenites. 

Mike Emerson - Keyboards

Mike has performed and/or recorded extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Canada with a wide range of musicians---Elvin Bishop, Carlene Carter, Percy Sledge, Zigaboo Modeliste, Tommy Castro, Chris Cain, Terry Haggerty, Harvey Mandel, Ivan Neville, Brady Blade, Tony Hall, Debbie Davies, James Armstrong, Mic Gillette(Tower of Power), Marc Russo(Yellow Jackets, Doobie Bros.), Will Ray(from the Hellecasters), Earl Thomas, Johnny Dyer, and Thad Beckman, to name but a few. He has performed at some of the world's most prestigious festivals, including the Monterey Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Gary Silva - Drums

Gary Silva has provided the beat for a Who's Who of Blues and Rock N Roll for over 35 years. Under the tutelage of Luther Tucker (Muddy Waters), he was soon in demand and highly sought after, backing Legends of the Blues that include Big Mama Thornton, Albert Collins, Big Joe Turner and John Lee Hooker. Silva spent years honing his skills backing Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Irma Thomas, and Charlie Musselwhite, as well as Rock-n-Roll legends Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. He joined ranks with Butterfield Alumni Mark Naftalin and later Elvin Bishop, with whom he recorded two highly acclaimed records on the Alligator label. Tours of Japan, Europe, and North America followed, where he also performed with Bonnie Raitt and George Thorogood. Stints with the New Riders of the Purple Sage and an ongoing gig with Norton Buffalo add to a considerable resume.

Silva's versatility is vast and he's played it all: Blues, Rock-n-Roll, Jazz/Fusion and Country. He has a Grammy nomination for his work with Ron Thompson & the Resistors and has received three Bay Area Music Awards.

Nick Otis - Drums

Drummer Nick Otis, son of R&B Legend, Johnny Otis, has performed as part of his father's Johnny Otis Orchestra for more than 20 years. As a member of that prestigious aggregation, Nick has performed with many musical legends including:

Screamin' Jay Hawkins 

Hank Ballard 

Etta James 

Lowell Fulson 

 

Pee Wee Crayton 

Little Milton 

Eddie Cleanhead Vinson 

Big Joe Turner 

 

Rufus & Carla Thomas 

Ernestine Anderson 

Linda Hopkins

Barbara Morrison 

 

Nick has also performed at many of the greatest musical venues in the world including:

Carnegie Hall, NYC

The Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey , CA

The Monterey Blues Festival, Monterey , CA

North Sea Jazz Festival, The Netherlands

The Montreux Jazz Festival , Switzerland

The JVC Jazz Festival , France

The Peer Music Festival, Peer , Belgium

Tokyo Jazz Festival, Tokyo, Japan

Discography:

1986 – Otisology, The Johnny Otis Show,

1987 – Into The Eighties, The Johnny Otis Show, Alligator

1990 – Good Loving Blues, The Johnny Otis Show, Ace Records

1992 – Spirit of the Black Territory Bands, Johnny Otis and his Orchestra, Arhoolie

(1993 Grammy Award Nomination)

1999 - Johnny Otis Blues and Swing Party, Vol. 1, The Johnny Otis Show, J&T Records

1999 - Johnny Otis R&B Dance Party, Vol. 1, The Johnny Otis Show, J&T Records

2002 – Food for Life, The Johnny Otis show, J&T Records

Nick recently performed with his brother Shuggie Otis on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Steve Barbieri - Guitar, Vocals

Steve Barbieri, guitar, slide guitar, vocals:  Steve has been a mainstay of the Sonoma County music scene and beyond for 30-plus years, lending his guitar and vocal work to performances and recordings for numerous bands and recording projects, in genres ranging from rock to folk-rock to rockabilly to country to R&B to blues, which is the core of his playing.  Highlights include:

 

The Back Home American Music Festival in Locarno, Switzerland, with country band Pam’s Country Jam, with whom he played and recorded for many years alongside bassist David Brown (Norton Buffalo, Boz Scaggs) and Rick Cutler (Tommy Tutone)

Playing lap steel, guitar, and harmonica in the musical “Mad Bros & Rose” with the Rowan Brothers

Background vocals and all lead guitar, lap steel, and harmonica tracks on the CD “Tailgates and Substitutes” by folk-rock/Americana band Solid Air

Also with Solid Air - the Sausalito Art Festival and the Kate Wolf Memorial Festival, one song of which was included in the latest CD by guitarist Nina Gerber (Kate Wolf, Karla Bonoff, Nanci Griffith, Tom Paxton)

Playing lap steel guitar on the latest Solid Air release, which was nominated for a Grammy

Gigs with Nick Gravenites (Electric Flag) and David LaFlamme (It’s A Beautiful Day), Kay Irvine (Eddie Money), and Norton Buffalo (Steve Miller Band)

Numerous gigs and recordings with singer and prolific songwriter Dan Sorentino

Many other recording projects and performances at fairs, festivals, clubs, concerts, and coffeehouses

For the past several years, playing with legendary bluesman Nick Gravenites.

Now playing with James Harman and The Mesa Shoals Rhythm Section