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February 19, 2022 @ 3:00 pm
Long-time Boulder Creek rocker, songwriter, and Droolpigs Festival producer Erik Rozite started Dirt Rakers, a Santa Cruz Mountains Americana band in 2021, and the group has been playing steadily over the past year to appreciative audiences throughout Santa Cruz. The electric configuration of the Dirt Rakers builds on the band’s acoustic roots, adding inventive bass lines and Telecaster guitar sounds that range from twangy to cosmic. Classic rock, country, folk, and blues influence upbeat original songs—some rowdy, some melodic— and stalwart-yet-twisted covers of Tom Petty, Wilco, Hank Williams, The Carter Family and more. With high lonesome harmonies, a mix of homey twang and head-banging energy, plus catchy, quirky tunes, Dirt Rakers’ redwood mountain jams guarantee an rolicking afternoon.
Dirt Rakers are Erik Rozite on acoustic guitar and vocals, Jayne Williams on mandolin and vocals, Buffalo Blues Trio’s Diane Bock on the upright bass, Sean Woodward on electric guitar, and long-time Droolpigs collaborator Paul Stevens keeping the momentum on drums.