Tolan Shaw and Highway Poets at the Redwood CafeCheryl Alterman
Saints James was raised by a Dead head Dad that worked with EMG pickups, so Saint James was immersed in the music scene from a child.
Travis and Sebastian got on well and began writing and playing music as Hillside Fire seven years ago. Rather than playing under two separate names…four years ago they decided to change their name to Highway Poets exclusively. Saint James described the band’s maturation process as “a long, drawn-out identity crisis. We’re now more of a full-bodied band which can go from acoustic to electric.” Saint James refers to the Highway Poets as “new retro soul – an ever-evolving twist on newer rock and pop styles with R&B, country and folk.” The Highway Poets have appeared at the Petaluma Music Festival, Rivertown Revival, the Kate Wolf Festival, the Mystic Theatre, South by Southwest, and on April 26 they played the Redwood Cafe. They played with vigor that night for just over an hour, by the end of their set, people were up, dancing and joining in on stage in a singalong! Collecting such Northbay music awards as: Best of Petaluma by the Argus Courier, Best of in the San Francisco Weekly, Readers Choice Award by the Press Democrat, and the West Coast Songwriters Best Performance Award. They have no trouble connecting with the audience, which is an important ingredient to making live music great. Frontman Sebastian Saint James is a natural lead and makes it all look easy! Making up the Poets, along with Sebastian, theres Travis James on Guitar & Vocals, Taylor James – Bass & Vocals, Rhyne Erde on Drums and the absent, Nate Dittle – Piano & Organ and Nicholas Hasty – Sax & Vocals. All in all The Highway Poets are a band not to be missed. If you like The Black Keys, The Rolling Stones or Motown, then The Highway Poets have you covered! They’re coming out with their new album and are having a CD release party on September 16 at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma. A good show is in store for sure!
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