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High (Sierra) Hopes

The High Sierra Music Festival has long been at the top of our lists of festivals to play.  How much would we like to play at High Sierra? So much that Jamie even wrote a blog post about it. I know! It’s been years since he’s written one of these. We have an opportunity to get into the festival this Summer and you can help us out without even hardly lifting a finger. Jamie tells you more about it below.

Way back in 2012, with our band very much in its infancy, Kellen, Kyle and I (Jamie) got the opportunity to attend High Sierra Music Festival. We didn’t sleep a lick, ate like kings as we got to camp adjacent to the late great Chef Larry, got sunburnt to a crisp, saw a ton of amazing bands (to this day Delta Spirit’s set at the Vaudeville tent is one of the best shows Ive ever seen), and even got to play a couple of impromptu sets ourselves, though I suspect people were more interested in Larry’s outrageous fried chicken than even our best Tom Petty cover. We had a total blast and the ride home (not to mention the years since) was spent strategizing how could we get on stage at HSMF. For the first year ever they have opened up a band video contest and of course we would like to throw our hat into the ring. Here is a video from us this past weekend at HopMonk Tavern Sebastopol check it out and a share wouldn’t hurt either! #hsmf17bandcontest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ0bm_-rN-g

McCoy Tyler and The Coffis Brothers and The Mountain Men

For the past year we’ve been asked what this new McCoy Tyler project is and how we- The Coffis Brothers & the Mountain Men- are involved in it. Rather than explaining it ourselves I figured I’d have McCoy Tyler himself tell you. So I sat down with McCoy to get the inside scoop on his upcoming EP, his new band, and this Single Release Show at Moe’s Alley on April 13th. Here’s the interview.

Kellen Coffis: Okay we’re here with McCoy Tyler from The McCoy Tyler Band, or is that not what your band is called now, or is this a different “McCoy Tyler” all together?

McCoy Tyler: I’ve almost exhausted all iterations of my first and middle name. What once was the McCoy Tyler Band is now simply McCoy Tyler- though if you are in the marquee lettering business, you may know me as Tyler McCoy. And if you happen to be Sleepy John (from KPIG) you likely know me as McCoy Tyler from Happy Valley. I don’t know…I’m from the Santa Cruz Mountains and my name is McCoy Tyler, that’s all there is to it at this point. You probably shouldn’t believe anything you see out there…

KC: Got it, Tyler. I think I understand now. So Mr. McCoy, I hear you have some new music you are releasing. What can you tell us about this new music?

MT: It’s the shortest album I’ve ever recorded that has managed to take the longest amount of time. It’s loud and soft, sometimes upbeat and sometimes moody and self deprecating. It’s pretty damn self deprecating now that I think of it- especially the single. You should listen to that one if you really want to get in touch with some things. And by things, I mean your emotions. Or perhaps I mean my emotions? Let’s just say, this is not a record for the calloused and hard-hearted- it’s for all the post-college, 20-something, sad sap artists out there who are dissatisfied with the current state of things- like politics and the constant nonsense that pervades our Facebook feeds and keeps us feeling mostly hopeless and sad. Let’s just say, it’s a really uplifting single. And you should definitely listen to it.

KC: Hey man, take it easy on Facebook. Please don’t offend our readers. So if this project is just called “McCoy Tyler” does that mean it’s a solo project?

MT: In the sense that there are a lot of ripping guitar solos taken on this record, I would say yes. In the sense that the recording features me, exclusively, definitely not… Were you to ask me if this project was a collaborative effort, I think that would be a more apt definition. And, by chance, were you to ask me if the record features performances by The Coffis Brothers and Mountain, well…I would have to say, absolutely.

McCoy Tyler and Kyle Poppen. March 24, 2017 Rio Theater, Nexties Awards. Photo by Allison Garcia.

KC: Hmm The Coffis Brothers & the Mountain Men? Never heard of ’em. Are they some sort of rootsy Rock & Roll band that blends Folk, Rock, Blues, and R&B with harmonies that only brothers can create? I’ll definitely check them out. So how’s it going playing with this new band? And how did this collaboration come to be? Did you just look for the five best looking guys in Santa Cruz or something?

MT: I would call it more of a creative rendezvous than a casual gathering of handsome dudes- because that just sounds weird. Though for the sake of our upcoming show, it certainly doesn’t hurt that we are all strikingly handsome.

KC: Call it what you like, but it is what it is. In your previous band you wrote the songs, sang the lion’s share of the lead vocals, and were the lead guitarist. Has your role changed playing with the Coffis Brothers?

MT: In the sense that I’m still playing guitar and singing, not much. I’m still on the acoustic guitar quite a bit. Though this project has allowed me to get back into my electric guitar playing in a way that I couldn’t with TMTB. It’s Rock & Roll music with a songwriter sensibility. It’s just tender baby. But with a bit of edge- like if the Eagles let Joe Walsh sing more and he decided to really take on the role by staying (slightly) more sober.

Kellen Coffis, McCoy Tyler, Jamie Coffis, Kyle Poppen, and Henry Chadwick. Moe’s Alley October 15, 2016. Photo by Effie Benjamin.

KC: I see you have a healthy number of shows under your belt with this group, and have even done some traveling. So what’s so special about Thursday, April 13th at Moe’s Alley?

MT: As much fun as touring can be, nothing beats playing to the hometown crowd. This show will be special in a couple of ways- first off, my buddies Dan Too and Pat Hull represent two of the best songwriters in the area, in my opinion, and I get to see them play. So that’s really just selfishness- booking a show with two musicians that you really like. But second, Thursday April 13th happens to be the day that we release the first single off the new record. It’s called “26” and I’ve been told that it’s perhaps the best thing since sliced bread.

KC: I’m on a no bread diet so this song may not be for me. I’ve heard those Coffis Brothers are sorta jerks. Do you have any dirt you can dish out on those guys?

MT: I’m going on the record here and saying that Henry Chadwick is really the only nice one in the band. And it’s only fitting that he engineered, mixed, and helped produce the new record. Oh, and he also played drums. I think we drastically underestimate the arm length and general perseverance required to engineer and play drums on a record. He’s a frizzy-haired mad man with a penchant for talking to himself during the recording process, and I honestly feel like the rest of us just sat around and drank beer while he did all the heavy lifting. So yeah, the rest of those dudes? Just a buncha have-beens. Or have-yet-to-be’s. I guess time will tell…

The Coffis Brothers & the Mountain Men with McCoy Tyler. Don Quixote’s, January 7, 2017. Photo by Effie Benjamin.

KC: Well, I think at this point in the interview we’ve whittled our readers all the way down to 4. So what would you like to say to those last 3 readers to get them out to Moe’s Alley on April 13th?

MT: If you are fans of good music performed by strikingly handsome dudes, it truly is in your best interest to attend this show. And if not, it’s a Thursday night and what the hell else had you planned on doing?

KC: Thanks, Ty. That was informative, and for the most part, tolerable. I’ll try to scrounge up $10 but if you could throw me on the guest list that would be great. See ya April 13th at Moe’s Alley.

Aidan Collins, Kellen Coffis, and McCoy Tyler. October 15, 2016, Moe’s Alley. Photo by Effie Benjamin

McCoy Tyler- Dan Too, Pat Hull opens – Moe’s Alley, April 13th

Doors 8pm

Show 9pm

$7 adv/ $10 door

http://www.moesalley.com/tickets.php?show_id=2506

 

 

Jackie Greene + Coffis Bros Times Two

To avoid the very likely risk of burying my lead, I’m just going to come right out and say that we’re opening for Jackie Greene for two nights in Mill Valley on March 31st and April 1st at the Sweetwater Music Hall. But our story with Jackie Greene goes way back. Way way back. Or just seven years back.

On Saturday October 2nd in 2010 Jamie and I, like thousands of others, were wandering the grounds of Golden Gate Park during the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival as the day was coming to a close. We ended up finding ourselves at the front of the crowd watching Jackie Greene. We came into that day knowing exactly zero Jackie Greene songs, but we left Golden Gate Park huge Jackie Greene fans. For that next year we listened to all his albums, watched blurry iPhone videos of live performances on Youtube, and covered his songs regularly. We were “All In” on Jackie Greene. And when we go “all in” on a band, we really go for it. Like deep deep Youtube dives and whatnot. Just try talking to us about Tom Petty. You won’t get us to shut up. Anyway, Jackie became a really big influence on our writing, performing, and recording at a time when we were just starting to play out. Fast forward a few years later to February 28th, 2014 and we’re in San Luis Obispo opening for Jackie. We were stoked. Then just a month later we got to do it again… but in Santa Cruz… at the Catalyst… and the show was sold out. What’s better than stoked? Mega stoked? Uber stoked? I don’t know. Whatever it is, that’s what we were. That was by far the biggest show we’d played to date and was also our first time playing the iconic Catalyst. Since then we’ve opened for Jackie in San Francisco, at both the Fillmore and Great American Music Hall, Tahoe, Felton, and we even got to open for one of his side project bands, Trigger Hippy in LA at the El Rey Theater. Each one of the shows has been a huge thrill for us and we are always excited at the opportunity to share the stage with someone we consider to be a hero of ours.

We remain huge Jackie Greene fans and we can’t wait to be part of these shows in Mill Valley. On March 31st, Jackie will be playing his 2010 album (and the Coffis Brothers’ favorite Jackie album) Till The Light Comes, and on April 1st he will be playing his newest album, Back To Birth. Get your tickets while you can and see ya at the Sweetwater!

http://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/

November 28, 2014 Fillmore, San Francisco with Jackie Greene

October 1, 2014 El Rey Theater, LA with Trigger Hippy

February 28, 2014 SLO Brew, San Luis Obispo with Jackie Greene

November 21, 2015 Crystal Bay Casino with Jackie Greene

March 22, 2014 Catalyst, Santa Cruz with Jackie Greene

Redwood Mountain Faire 2017

I have some vague memories of the Redwood Mountain Faire as a young kid. I can remember hearing the echo of electric guitars and drums from my front yard in Ben Lomond, adults telling me that this guy named Elvin Bishop and some sort of space starship was going to play; but what I probably remember most was that the field that I played soccer on was now completely filled with bodies and two big stages. Years later after a long hiatus, the Redwood Mountain Faire returned but in their new location at Roaring Camp. Since its return, that first weekend in June has been a weekend that we’ve come to look forward to every Summer having played several of our own sets as well as sitting in with friends like McCoy Tyler, Sherry Austin & Henhouse, Lukas Nelson, and My Stupid Brother. We are very excited to announce that we will be back at the Redwood Mountain Faire in 2017!  See ya June 3rd and 4th in Felton at Roaring Camp. More info coming soon.

http://www.redwoodmountainfaire.com/

Twice The Rock & Roll and Twice The Beer – Two Nights in Felton January 6 & 7

Happy New Years, folks! How’s 2017 going so far? Have you stuck with your New Year’s Resolutions still? One of my resolutions was to write more posts on our website. It’s only the first week of the year and I’ve already written one! I’m on fire!

Last week I tried to convince you all that 2016 wasn’t so bad. Some of you were not convinced. 2016 is over and 2017 is well underway so let’s start 2017 off on the right foot! Let’s kick off the new year with a bang! Let’s come out of the gates firing, or whatever new year cliche you prefer. Any of them are fine by us as long as you come to Don Quixote’s on January 6th & 7th.

It’s been a whole year since we last stepped on stage at Don Quixote’s and we’ve spent every single day since then preparing to be back on that stage. Okay, that’s not exactly true, but what makes these shows so exciting for us is that all the work that we’ve put in this year rehearsing, and driving around the country playing shows gets to be shown to our closest friends in our hometown. Along with all the new music we’ll be playing, we’ve added a few exciting wrinkles for you, and most of these wrinkles are beer wrinkles. Hmmmmm beeeeeer wrinkles.

Our good friends from the Humble Sea Brewing Co. (http://humblesea.com) will be doing a tap takeover for both nights. These guys sold beer for the first time last year at Don Quixote’s and surely you’ve tasted some of there beer over the course of 2016 as they’ve been brewing their butts off. This year they will be back with five beers on tap for both Friday and Saturday! We are also very excited that we’ve linked up with the amazing Brew Cruz http://www.scbrewcruz.com for a special ticket which includes a brewery tour and a free ride to the show. Along with all the beer we’ve also got some great musicians joining us throughout the weekend. On Friday night our friends from the North Bay, Kingsborough will open, and on Saturday local boy and our good friend, McCoy Tyler and his new band (don’t tell anyone but we are McCoy’s new band) will open.

I hope those are enough reasons for you to come out to Don Quixote’s in Felton on January 6th and 7th. If you needed one more reason to come how about that each night is only 10 bucks. 10! That’s it! We can’t wait to see all of you this weekend. We will be playing different sets each night so you might as well just come both nights. Okay, see ya January 6th and 7th in Felton at the funkiest, weird, fun little Mexican Restraunt/music venue in the land.

January 6th- 8pm Kingsbrough opens $10

January 7th- 8pm McCoy Tyler opens $10

Cheer Up, 2016 Wasn’t So Bad

It seems that 2016 has been getting a bad rep, and sure, there were some not so great things about this year. Our beloved Warriors lost in the NBA finals, the Giants’ even year World Series streak ended (which I’m pretty sure was the only notable streak that ended in baseball this year,) and how could we forget when (insert character’s name) got killed on (Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead.) Even American Idol called it quits after 33 seasons. What’s that, it was only 15 seasons? Seemed like a lot more. And speaking of reality TV, did you know that the guy from The Apprentice became the President-Elect of The United States this year? How did I miss that?  But why spend so much time focusing on the bad when there was so much good this year? Like, what about all those weddings we played this year? Those were good times, and nobody in the band was directly involved in those marriages so that’s doubly good! Join us on a short walk and we’ll show you that 2016 wasn’t so bad.

For us, 2016 began on a small stage in the middle of a street on a frigid night as we played Rock and Roll while the metaphorical ball dropped in Downtown Monterey. Shortly thereafter, we played our two biggest headlining shows in Santa Cruz at Don Quixote’s. From there we went all over California playing in Sacramento, San Francisco, Bolinas, Albany, Oakland, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Livermore, Sebastopol, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Big Sur, Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe, Calpine, and Nevada City, before leaving the state and hitting Ashland, Bend, Salt Lake City, Fort Collins, Denver, Lawrence, Kansas City, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

We also got to share the stage with some great bands like Blackberry Smoke, Jackie Greene, Brothers Comatose, T Sisters, California Honeydrops, Steve Poltz, Stone Foxes, Rainbow Girls, Quiles & Cloud, John Craigie, Kingsborough, Hibbity Dibbity, Little Fuller Band, Steep Ravine, McCoy Tyler, Rayburn Brothers, and Tom Petty! (Well, actually it was Mudcrutch and they were playing the main room of the Fillmore while we were playing the poster room. But still!)

So I think that just about wraps it up for 2016. Wait! One more thing. We recorded an album this year! I know you don’t believe us but it’s the truth. Earlier this year we spent 7 days in Barefoot Studios in Los Angeles with Andy Zenczak and Cian Riordan recording our third full length album. We’ve got videos, pictures, and a whole lot of new songs and we are very excited about it and are very excited to get it to you in 2017.

Sure, 2016 wasn’t a breeze. We sat on the side of freeways in the rain waiting for Triple A more than once. We sweated our asses off while driving through Kansas during a heatwave in July. We played in many empty rooms, on stages we could barely squeeze onto. We broke guitar strings, amps, pedals, sticks, drum heads, and cables. But with all the craziness that 2016 brought, we can still look back at this year fondly and remember all the new places we went to, all the shows we played (the most we’ve ever played in a year,) the new album we made, the new music videos (yeah, we’ve got some new videos to show you,) the many campfire jams that lasted until the sun came up, the new friends and fans we made, and all that other good stuff. 2016 was tough, but 2016 rocked.

We hope you had a great year and we’ll see ya in 2017.

The Life of Music Playing Sports Fans

We aren’t a band who likes to brag. Mostly because we don’t have anything to brag about, but when you are named the MVP’s of the annual Comatopia Kickball game, it becomes very hard not to. Comatopia was a blast and one of the highlights was the Saturday morning kickball game.

Sports is often a divisive topic in our band as three out of the five of us are huge sports fans, while the other two members would often rather (insert any activity) than watch whatever sporting event that is happening at the time. But being a sports fan and musician isn’t always easy to navigate. With the Olympics occurring, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the most memorable times our lives as musicians have blended with sports. (Warning. If you don’t care about sports this will not be very interesting to you.)

sally with giants hat

ALL PRO TEAM (The Most Ridiculous of circumstances)

Men’s FIFA World Cup 2014– With a ten hour drive to Eugene pending, we thought it best to watch 3pm kick off of the US vs Ghana soccer game in Ben Lomond. After arriving in Eugene at 5am, we briefly slept before performing on KLCC Radio in Eugene at 11am. Getting back to sleep was put on hold briefly as we searched for a breakfast spot to watch the Mexico vs Brazil game. (It is of note that this Oregon tour concluded in Bend where we woke up early on a Sunday to drive to Redding in time to watch the US take on Portugal.)

2013 NFC Championship Game 49er’s vs Falcons– Being lifelong 49er fans, we were as excited as anyone when their dream season saw them just one game away from Super Bowl XLVII. Instead of being on a couch in front of a TV, we found ourselves in Gadgetbox Studios recording the guitar intro to Trouble Town. We spent three and a half quarters of  the game recording but wrapped up just in time to witness the 49er’s close out the game and advance to the Super Bowl before playing in one of the most memorable Super Bowls in which the 49er’s defeated the Ravens 65-3 (I’m pretty sure that was the score. No need to Google that.) Go Niners!

Golden State Warriors 2015 NBA Champions– We found ourselves in another predicament on June 16, 2015 when the Warriors looked poised to win their first NBA Championship since, like, I don’t know, a super long time. Jamie was sitting in with Scary Little Friends who were opening for Delta Spirit at the Lagunitas Amphitheater in Petaluma and the rest of us tagged along. Certain members of the band may or may not have run back and forth between Lagunitas Brewery and Beyond the Sports Bar and Grill which was conveniently located a half mile down the street during Delta Spirit’s set to see the Warriors clinch the championship.

SLV vs Soquel Women’s Soccer– Before heading to Hollywood for a seven day recording stint at Barefoot Studios, the band sat in the bleachers under the lights at Soquel High while Kellen coached the San Lorenzo Valley Varsity Girl’s Soccer team in their final game of the season.

HONORABLE MENTIONS (The times shows interfered with what we considered to be enormously important sporting events.)

GSW vs OKC Game 6 2016– Show at lille aeske, Boulder Creek. (In case you forgot which game this was, it was the really really really good one where the Warriors won.)

SF Giants vs Stl Cardinals Game 5 2012– Sound check at the Crepe Place, Santa Cruz. (The Giants were down in the series 3-1 to the Cardinals in the NLCS with Barry Zito on the mound. We won the game and eventually the World Series. Remember that?! We were down to Zito!)

GSW vs Cavs Game 7 2016– Show at Poster Room of The Fillmore for Mudcrutch. (The “We never ever ever speak about this game” game.)

There are countless other examples of games we’ve missed due to driving, playing, rehearsing etc but it’s a very small price to pay (except when it’s game six of the Western Conference Finals with the Warriors and Thunder! I can’t believe we missed that game!)

Back to California

After three weeks of sitting in our van and driving around the country, we’re back in our home state with a month full of California shows ahead of us. We are certainly grateful to be back in this California weather but we can’t say enough about how much fun we had on this tour. In those two and a half weeks we played 10 shows, drove through 12 states, received 7 cases of beer from Lagunitas, watched a 20 foot tall wooden cow burn, and put just 1 dent in our van. We got to experience the “Big City” (Chicago, Il) as well as the small town (Sturgeon Bay, WI) and everything in between. Big thanks to everyone who helped us along the way. We can’t wait to do it again.

Here’s how our August is shaping out. We are looking forward to seeing our Californian friends this month.

August 6- Harlows Restaurant & Nightclub, Sacramento (supporting The Stone Foxes) http://www.harlows.com/event/1206033-stone-foxes-sacramento/

August 11- Bret Harte Hall, Felton (supporting Jackie Greene) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jackie-greene-band-coffis-brothers-bret-harte-hall-thurs-aug-11-tickets-25880000779

August 12-14- Comatopia, Calpine http://comatopia.com/

August 21- Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival http://svartfest.com/

August 26- Myers Manor Music Festival, Morgan Hill http://www.myersmanormusicfest.com/

August 27- West End Celebration, Sand City http://www.westendcelebration.com/

burning cow

The Coffis Brothers Comatopia

We often get confused for the Brothers Comatose. For what reason? We do not know. We have drums. They do not. They are a string band while we have a keyboard and electric guitars. Nevertheless, it happens regularly. Although we don’t share the same instruments, we’ve shared the stage several times and will  again when the Brothers Comatose host us at their second annual Comatopia festival this August in Calpine, California at the Sierra Valley Lodge (http://comatopia.com.)

Comatopia_IG

Our history with the Brothers runs all the way back to 2012 when their mandolin player, Ryan Avellone began sitting in on with us on guitar while Kyle Poppen was finishing his schooling on the East Coast. Since then, the Broco has been gracious enough to have us open for them on several different occasions: The Crepe Place, Don Quixote’s, Lagunitas Amphitheater, and of course the unforgettable Halloween show at The Catalyst that ended with both bands on stage playing With a Little From My Friends (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQjW84I8iIU.)

We’re very excited to be part of this festival along with Fruition, Steve Poltz, Royal Jelly Jive, Quiles & Cloud, The Little Fuller Band, and of course our band big brothers, The Brothers Comatose! Thanks for keeping your loud and annoying little brother around for all these years, dudes.

 

Comatopia- August 12-14

Sierra Valley Lodge- Calpine, Ca

Tix: bit.ly/comatopia

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https://www.facebook.com/events/1748349382107758/

 

Back Back Back to The Catalyst

A reoccurring theme to these posts have been how time keeps flying by. Last Summer we celebrated our fifth year together as a band. In December Aidan Collins turned, not 21, but 22 (he’s getting so old!) And two years ago as of  March 22nd, we performed on the main stage of the Catalyst for the very first time. On Friday April 15th we return to the Catalyst to open for Blackberry Smoke.

Friday night will mark our third time playing the main stage at the Catalyst. On March 22nd 2014 we opened for one of our favorite artists, Jackie Greene. Later that year we joined our friends, The Brothers Comatose for a Woodstock themed Halloween. On April 15th we will join Blackberry Smoke, who is quickly becoming one of our favorite Rock and Roll bands.

The Catalyst holds a certain prestige for us and has been somewhat of a landmark venue in our short careers. We’ve heard the stories of Neil Young dropping in to play unannounced shows, we’ve witnessed some great shows (Jackie Greene March 2013,) and when we played with The Dirty Knobs, Mike Campbell even shared a story with us about how he accidentally locked himself in the backstage bathroom minutes before a show with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers back in 1978. The place has some serious history and we couldn’t be more excited to be playing at the Catalyst. Join us April 15 at the Catalyst on Pacific Ave in Santa Cruz, California.

halloween full stage

Friday April 15th Catalyst

Doors 8pm

Show 9pm

Blackberry Smoke (Charley Overbey and the Broken Arrows, and The Coffis Brothers open)

Tix $25 adv $30 door

16 and over

http://www.catalystclub.com/event/1090855-blackberry-smoke-santa-cruz/

catalyst crowd march 22 jg