Loafer’s Glory featuring Herb Pedersen brings bluegrass and old-time country to Northern California clubs
Three years ago, four top-flight bluegrass, old-time, and acoustic country musicians — Herb Pedersen, Bill Bryson, Tom Sauber, and Patrick Sauber — joined forces and became Loafer’s Glory. This week Loafer’s Glory will be bringing their popular mix of traditional and original music to three Northern California music venues.
Best known of the “Loafers” is frontman Herb Pedersen, who cut his musical teeth playing banjo with California’s pioneering bluegrass group Vern & Ray in the 1960s and has since played with The Dillards, Old & In The Grey, The Foggy Mountain Boys (even subbing for Earl Scruggs), and was a founding member of the award-winning Desert Rose Band and Laurel Canyon Ramblers. Pedersen’s instrumental versatility (banjo, guitar, dobro), warm vocals, and talents as a songwriter (for example, “Wait A Minute”) and producer have led to extensive studio work with musicians including Emmylou Harris, Beck, Martina McBride, Nina Gerber, Buck Owens, Linda Ronstadt, and Merle Haggard, as well as television and movie credits across the spectrum from The Simpsons to Hill Street Blues. In addition to Loafer’s Glory, Pedersen performs with long-time duo partner Chris Hillman (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Desert Rose Band).
Rounding out Loafer’s Glory is Bill Bryson (Desert Rose Band, Laurel Canyon Ramblers) on upright bass and vocals, Tom Sauber (Tom, Brad, and Alice; Alice Gerrard; Mike Seeger) on masterful old-time fiddle and vocals, and Patrick Sauber (Laurie Lewis, Roland White’s All-Star Bluegrass Band) on banjo, mandolin, and vocals.
Together as Loafer’s Glory, Pedersen, Bryson, Sauber, and Sauber create a warm and compelling blend of old-time and bluegrass music filled with rich harmony singing and instrumental virtuosity. As evidenced in the quartet’s live performances and eponymous debut album (released on Chris Strachwitz’s celebrated Arhoolie label last year), Loafer’s Glory draws on the richness of years of experience and the excitement of playing music in a new configuration to deliver shows that have a satisfying mix of friendly warmth and propulsive drive.
Loafer’s Glory’s March dates in Northern California conclude with a show at The Palms Playhouse (13 Main Street in Winters) on Friday, March 22. Tickets for the 8 PM show are $25 and are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Watermelon Music in Woodland, and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and www.herbpedersen.com/loafersglory.
~ Wednesday March 20—Don Quixote’s, Santa Cruz, CA
~ Thursday March 21—Studio 55, San Raphael, CA
~ Friday March 22—The Palms Playhouse, Winters, CA