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Ventura, CA 93001

Like a jukebox of old 78 records, The Ventucky String Band is reminiscent of a time when Jazz bands featured banjo, and Bluegrass music was as novel as the arrival of television.

Formed in late 2010, this highly skilled multi-instrumental quartet features Matt Sayles, Dave White, Rick Clemens, and Mark Parson, blending their decades of musical experience into a sound that harkens back to the dust-bowl era of California, and the roots of the “California-Country” sound.

Members of the Band have played professionally for over 30 years, with individual appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, the Wheeling West Virginia Jamboree (WWVA), as well as performances with Bluegrass, Country, Texas Swing & Cajun/Zydeco legends like Johnny Gimble, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, the Bellamy Brothers, Fernest Arceneaux, 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 roots music.

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Mark Parson, Matt Sayles, Rick Clemens, Dave White