Leading Local Ladies

One of the best ways we can grow our amazing community of lady-musicians is to go out and support the women making great music right here in the bay. Here’s a survey of just a few of the amazing musicians who have released albums in the past few months who are keeping the traditional music scene relevant and exciting, and are also butt-kicking ladies. 

The Vivants


Emily Bonn has been around the folk scene in the Bay Area for years, first tearing it down with the Whoreshoes before forming her own band The Vivants. Along with bandmates Jimmy Touzel, Clare Armenate and Kalei Yamanoha they are currently touring in support of their third album “Bluegrass Special” which features traditional covers along with stellar originals. 



(photo credit Alan Senauke)

(photo credit Alan Senauke)

The only thing better then ladies shredding it on fiddle and bass, and harmonizing the heck out of original and traditional songs, is when those ladies are mother and daughter. Thomsonia is a family affair with husband-wife duo Eric and Suzy Thompson playing with daughter Allegra.


Evie Ladin Band

Evie Ladin

Evie Ladin’s a banjo player, singer, dancer and squaredance caller living in Oakland, with deep roots in oldtime music and dance. Along with her bandmates Keith Terry and Erik Pearson she recently released “Jump the Fire,” which is a mellow, soulful mix of traditionals and originals.


Front Country

front country

Melody Walker is a powerhouse singer and songwriter, and along with Jacob Groopman, Adam Roszkiewicz, Leif Karlstrom and Jeremy Darrow has just released “Mixtape.” Featuring covers  ranging from women-in-bluegrass pioneers Good Ol’ Persons to indie contemporary tUnE-yArDs.

Front Country

Kathy Kallick Band

Kathy Kallick Band

A bluegrass legend, Kathy Kallick has been playing in bands, including the groundbreaking Good Ol’ Persons, since 1975. She has recently released “Foxhounds” with bandmates Annie Staninec, Cary Black, Greg Booth, and Tom Bekeny.