Songwriter, guitarist, and writer, Elaine was born and raised in Port Townsend, where she developed the feel and content for many of her songs. She writes about stuff she goes through, but also makes things up.
Music and science have always been part of Dirk's life, but with music more as a hobby as he began his career as a scientist.
Meg and Julie Barnes grew up in New York, listening to music live and otherwise whenever possible.
With a bachelor’s degree in biology from Western Washington University, Mackenzie is a Licensed Veterinary Technician. When she’s not working she sings in an a cappella group. She lends her sweet harmonies to The Sea Is A Harlot and My State Of Mind on Rainshadow, and Call Your Name on Lightning.
Born in Connecticut then moved to Mississippi when he was 18, Peter got his first real gig playing harmonica on a biographical production for television about the life of Johnny Cash.
Port Townsend composer, actor, graphic designer and native, Chris grew up making music with his family and has had many of his compositions distributed worldwide. He provided "chamber string" parts to Jeremy and Reckless Moon on Rainshadow. He is Elaine's brother.
s a working Psychologist with Veterans Hospital in Seattle. He has played guitar and viola since childhood and he also sings. Since their youth, he has taught many guitar riffs and chords to his sister, Elaine. On Rainshadow he sings and plays guitar on Yesterday Is All I Want, by Ron Davies.
Tim Hawley is Elaine’s brother. He started playing stand-up bass at about eight years old and always layed down a solid rhythm in the family music sessions. Tim can sit in anywhere, hold the beat and embellish with great enthusiasm and precision. On Lightning his talent can be heard in Call Your Name.
Lyin' Brian Johnson
Who is LBJ? LBJ Is a simple man born in the outskirts of LA on the corner of fifth and vermouth where his parents aunts and uncles all lived in a 600 sq. ft shack... His love for music started at the young age of five. Elaine was honored to capture his amazing and insightful riffs on Lightning.
Native Port Townsend singer/songwriter/acoustic guitar player, she has been playing and writing songs since her youth. On Rainshadow she lends her superb talent for harmonies to Jeremy and Every Once In A While.
A Southern California native, Loose Logic is a true west coast emcee. He has opened for and performed with hip hop royalty that includes Mos Def, Too $hort, DMX, PitBull, KRS-1, DJ Quik, Yin Yang Twins, Strong Arm Steady, Evidence, and numerous others.
Born and raised in Dallas County, Texas, when ‘Ma Brand's’ and ‘Panther Hall’ were the big country music roadhouses, Dave always liked the steel guitar, and had lots of opportunities to hear good players.
Fred been playing cello for over four decades in various genres: classical, historical performance, contra dance, swing, jazz, and more. Fred is Co-Director of the Port Townsend Family Orchestra, and exhibits his talents on Jeremy and Reckless Moon on Rainshadow.
Victoria studied violin and chamber music with Irv Eisenberg of the Philadelphia String Quartet. Praised for her clear and singing tone, she has performed with chamber orchestras, string quartets, and a Mariachi band in venues from the United States to Germany, and as the fiddler-in-residence on tall ship voyages on the East and West coasts.
George has been playing keyboards, accordion, piano and organ for more than thirty years. After completing a music degree at the University of California Santa Barbara, he moved to the Pacific Northwest and started playing with many local area groups. He has backed up the Coasters and the Diamonds among other excellent bands.
George has been playing music since his early years in the Bronx, NY. His love of music blossomed early, expanded and, in 1996, grew into an active role in the music scene in Port Townsend, Washington.
Bort Schrader engineered and produced Lightning… He spent his early years (1977-1999) playing music in the San Fransisco Bay area where he played in bands such as Emerald, The Kynd, LJ and the Badness, Bad Boys and Big Trouble amongst others.
Kristin Forssen Smith
Kristin has a performance degree from the University of Montana and played in the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for a decade.
Richie Strell studied advanced harmonica technique with Nashville’s renowned T.J. Klay and studied song writing under Nashville’s great Hugh Prestwood.
Tom brings more than 40 years experience to the project. Comfortable in a wide range of musical styles, Tom’s versatility and creative approach keep him in constant demand throughout the Puget Sound Region.