Copyright 2014 Philville Records
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
Mark Parson, Matt Sayles, Rick Clemens, Dave White