Copyright 2014 Philville Records
Ventura, CA 93001
Like a jukebox of old 78 records, The Ventucky String
Band is reminiscent of a time when Texas Swing still
dominated the AM radio airwaves, and Bluegrass
music was as novel as the arrival of television.
Formed in 2010, this highly skilled
multi-instrumental quartet features Matt Sayles, Dave
White, Rick Clemens, and Lauren Donahue blending
three part harmonies and original songwriting into a
sound that harkens back to the golden age of country
music, and the roots of the country and western
sound of the 1930's, 1940's and 50's.
Members of the Band have played professionally for
over 30 years, with appearances on the Wheeling West
Virginia Jamboree (WWVA), as well as performances
with Bluegrass, Country, Western Swing & Cajun
legends like Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam,
Asleep at the Wheel, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, the
Bellamy Brothers, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
and Hot Club of Cowtown.
Where some have tried to diminish Ventura as
“Ventucky,” this band sees their name not as a veiled
jab at Bluegrass music or the city that brought them
together— but instead as a tribute to the music and
culture of the farmers, roustabouts, and cattlemen
that helped grow the city during the early days of
big-oil and agriculture in Ventura County.
Typical sets can vary from 1930’s Jazz & Bluegrass, to
cowboy ballads & honky-tonk—all seamlessly woven
together with original songwriting that draws
inspiration from the deep well-spring of American