Sailing Away On The Humble Sea

There are a lot of boxes you need to check if you’re going to be in a rock and roll band. You know, obvious things like having a great rhythm section, or owning a lot of denim. Maybe less obvious, but equally important, is to have some good friends who own a brewery. In 2017, after years of dehydration and who knows how many cases of Budweiser and Coors Light, we finally got to check off that box as Humble Sea Brewing Company opened their doors to their tap room on the West Side of Santa Cruz. We’ve been pretty vocal about our support for Humble Sea for a while now so we’re very excited to be playing their 1 Year Anniversary Party on Saturday March 17th.

We’re very excited for the Humble Sea team and their success this past year and we’ve had a lot of fun being a part, although small, of their journey. We played their first mini festival last June; in 2016 Humble Sea sold their beer to the public for the first time during our two night run at Don Quixote’s, and a year later they did a full on tap takeover at DQ’s where they served the Mountain Man Pale Ale, and the IPAin’t Leavin, which in my opinion are still some of the most most melodic beers they’ve ever made. But even beyond that, we’ve been lucky enough to be involved in Humble Sea for years. In 2014 we got to try some of the first incarnations of Humble Sea at owner and head brewer, Nick Pavlina’s Wedding; and a decade before that at San Lorenzo Valley High School and Junior High I don’t remember a day going by where owners Taylor and Frank weren’t talking about their dream of one day of serving hazy New England style IPA’s at their very own brewery. Alright, that last part isn’t totally true, we were mostly talking about basketball, but the point is these guys have been working their asses off and we’re really excited for all our friends at Humble Sea and are really looking forward to celebrating their first year open. Jamie took it upon himself to write a song for Humble Sea and we recently performed it in their barrel room, which is where we’ll be performing Saturday March 17th at 5:30pm. Have a listen and see ya Saturday.

When your friends are so good they write a song about your brewery on a whim. The Coffis Brothers and their band of mountainous men will be playing at our 1 Year Anniversary Parking Lot Party! this Saturday, March 17, from 5:30-7:30 on the barrel room.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Tickets are free and all are welcome.Party starts at 11am and goes until 10pm!

Posted by Humble Sea Brewing Co. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Slim’s San Francisco February 24th

The first show we ever played in San Francisco was in August of 2011 at a bar, then called, The Rockit Room. I think we responded to a Craigslist post and through that we got the headlining slot on a Saturday night in San Francisco. We were stoked. We set up on a postage stamp of a stage and played to a room that was as crammed together as we were. A big group of our friends from Santa Cruz came out, we stayed up all night after the show, and we crashed on the floor of our friend’s Kyle and Mikalah’s place before getting up early the next morning so I could play in my college alumni soccer game. (It seemed like a good idea at the time. I don’t know.) Since then we’ve played countless times in the City, and whether it’s a Tuesday night in front of an empty dance floor at the Boom Boom Room or across the street on a Saturday night for a sold out show at the Fillmore, we’re pretty damn excited every time we play in San Francisco. Alright, maybe we’re a little bit more excited for that Fillmore show (no offense to the Boom Boom though.) Here’s a video from our show at the Rockit Room.

Green room at Slim’s, March 15th, 2015.

This Saturday, February 24th we will be back in the City to play Slim’s. Joining us will be local bands, Sweet Plot, and Evan & the Live Oaks. This will be our third time playing Slim’s but our first time since January of 2016. We can’t wait to play, and not just because Slim’s stage is a little bit bigger than the Rockit Room’s, and because we finally got the foresight to book a hotel room for after the show instead of crashing on whatever friend’s floors are offered, and because we don’t have to wake up early to play in an alumni soccer game the next day; but because we’re excited to be bringing our new album, Roll With It to San Francisco for the first time, we get to play for our San Francisco friends as well our friend’s from Santa Cruz who will drive up in the City, and because we’re playing at a great venue, in a great city on a Saturday night. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that. Grab your tickets for Saturday and we’ll see ya at Slim’s.

The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men @ Slim’s w/ Sweet Plot, Evan & the Live Oaks

San Lorenzo Valley Soccer Fundraiser

Happy New Year! It only took me ’til February to say that, but nevertheless we’re back with our first post of 2018. The truth is that the winter is often a slower time of the year for us so I couldn’t think of anything to write about, and since we live in Santa Cruz, by winter I’m really only talking about the last few weeks in December and most of January. It’s so nice out here! It’s going to be 72 degrees today! In the past we’ve used January to record, or play hometown shows, so even if we aren’t driving around California playing, we’ve found something to keep us busy. Regardless of what the band’s been up to, I’ve spent just about all of my January’s for the last decade on the San Lorenzo Valley High School soccer fields in Felton for a couple hours every day coaching soccer. While it’s generally freezing (at least by my standards), rainy, muddy, etc I’ve never had more fun coaching soccer than I’ve had here at SLV, so it’s really special to get to play a concert to raise money for the SLV soccer program, which is exactly what we will be doing on February 8th at San Lorenzo Valley High School’s Performing Arts Center in Felton.

I started coaching at SLV in 2009 with the Junior Varsity Boy’s team. I coached them for three more seasons before moving to the Varsity Girl’s team who I’ve coached for three years and currently have Jamie as an assistant. Even beyond Jamie and I, soccer has played a weirdly important role in the band. Kyle and I met on the soccer field and played on the same teams from about ages 6-17, including four years at SLV. Jamie and I were somewhat familiar with each other before soccer was a thing but we’ve probably spent as much time kicking a ball around as we have singing. Kyle and I met Sam when he joined our club team when we were 14 years old, and soccer is the sport Aidan can tolerate watching with us more than any other. So that’s really saying something.

As another January spent on the SLV soccer field has come to an end, and our “slow” winter’s with the band seem to keep getting faster and busier; I’m becoming more and more aware that I won’t be able to coach at SLV for that much longer. Having a platform like this to give back to a school and sport that has given me so much is a really cool opportunity to have. (I know I can speak for Jamie and Kyle who would share that sentiment, as well.)

Our hope is to put on a great show at a really cool venue that you may have never been to before and to raise some money for high school athletes, so please help us by coming out to SLV’s Performing Arts Center on February 8th for our second annual SLV Soccer Fundraiser Concert. This year we’ll be bringing our friend McCoy Tyler with us to open the show. McCoy’s a graduate of Soquel High, and is more of a baseball and basketball guy than a soccer guy, but ya know…whatever. We just like him. See ya on the 8th.

San Lorenzo Valley Performing Arts Center

February 8th

Doors 7:00pm

Show 7:30pm


99 For 2017

At the beginning of this year I told you that one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to write more posts on our website. I forgot what all of my other resolutions were, but 17 posts later and here we are in December with the most posts we’ve ever done in a year, which is fitting for a year in which we played more shows than we’ve ever played before. So much happened in 2017 that it’s hard to know where to start, but perhaps we should start with what we spent most of our time doing this year. That’s right, sitting in our van in traffic. I mean playing shows. Playing music in front of people is what we spent a lot of our time doing in 2017.

At midnight on December 31st we will have played our 99th show of the year. 99? For real? Can we just round up and call it 100? Let’s call it 100. Wow, we played 100 shows this year! That’s quite a milestone. We returned to some of our favorite venues and festivals like the Great American Music Hall, Sweetwater Music Hall, Crystal Bay Casino, Hopmonk Tavern, the Independent, the Torch Club, the Frog & Peach, Fernwood, and Oyster Ridge Music Festival. We played some great venues for the first time like the Folktale Winery, Healdsburg Plaza, Twin Oaks RoadhouseFreight & Salvage, The Saint, OP Rockwell, Newpark Town Center, the Downtown Artery, the Siren, and the Whale Rock Music Festival. We had some of our most memorable hometown shows back at familiar venues like Don Quixote’s, Moe’s Alley, the Catalyst, KPIG Swine Soiree, and the Redwood Mountain Faire. We even played in some places in Santa Cruz that we had never played before like Shanty Shack, Michael’s On Main, and Humble Sea Brewing Co. who opened their doors in March of this year. (Congratulations, dudes!)

Somewhere in the middle of all the traveling and playing there was a lot else that happened this year. We played against some pre-teens in paintball (and lost), a Coffis brother became a DJ at KPIG radio (Jamie, to be exact), we played sets on the Brew Cruz and the KPIG trailer, we went to a Colorado Rockies game in Denver, Aidan ate his first Krispy Kreme Donut and his first turkey leg (the donut was better), we were named Nexties Band of the Year, we celebrated our parent’s 70th birthdays, we said goodbye to Henry and hello to Sam, and we released our third album, Roll With It; and through all of that our trusty van, Gretschen (The White Falcon) ran like a champ. (Although there was a strange whistle sound coming from the engine today. You think that’s bad? Should probably get that checked out.) That’s a lot of things in just one year. We don’t mean to gloss over some of those rather big happenings though, like Aidan eating a whole turkey leg, so we want to stop and acknowledge a few people and moments in particular.

Henry Chadwick, our drummer of seven years, played his final shows with us in 2017. Henry is one of our closest friends and was our first drummer, and we had as much fun playing those last shows with Henry as we ever had playing. (If you miss seeing Henry go see his band, Henry Chadwick & Battlesnake on January 5th at the Crepe Place.)

No two people have been more important in the band’s existence than the Coffis parents, Jim and Vicki Coffis, and in March of this year we celebrated their 70th birthdays with a rock and roll birthday party. They even got their favorite band to play at the party. Can you guess who it was? Next time you’re at a show of ours and you see them go say hi.

Sam Kellerman is another person who has had a rather big role in the Coffis Brother’s 2017. As Henry was departing, Sam arrived and his introduction to the band was seamless. Whether it was his sports fanaticism, his ability to sleep anywhere on anything, or his fondness for a cocktail at anytime, Sam has fit into the group without a hitch. Also, he’s a damn good drummer.

Lastly, we’d like to acknowledge our hero, Tom Petty. We all went and saw Tom and the Heartbreakers in August so we certainly didn’t expect that in 2017 we would say goodbye to Tom. Three weeks after Tom’s passing we released Roll With It and there isn’t a song on that album that doesn’t have at least a little bit of Tom’s mark on it. We don’t have any plans to do a tribute show to Tom in 2018 but everything we do musically will be some sort of tribute to Tom Petty and we hope that in some small way we can help carry his torch.

Usually in December we’re saying we can’t believe the year is already over, but 2017 doesn’t feel that way. 2017 felt like a full year and then some. We traveled more miles than we ever have, we played more shows than we ever have, and we slept a lot less than we ever have. For those of you who were with us before 2017 and for those who joined us in 2017, we hope you have a great end of the year and we can’t wait to make some music for you in 2018. Here’s a look at some memorable moments in 2017. See ya.

Roll With It. Released October 27th

Don Quixote’s January 6th

Women’s March with Tammi Brown January 21st

Nexties at the Rio Theater March 24th

Nest Fest June 24th

Catalyst supporting the California Honeydrops December 1st

Downtown Artery, Fort Collins, CO with McCoy Tyler August 4th

Humble Sea Brewing Co. November 18th

Redwood Mountain Faire June 3rd

Roll With It Release Show Moe’s Alley October 13th


Roll With It Release Show Moe’s Alley October 13th

Oyster Ridge Music Festival, Kemmerer, WY July 28th

One On One With Sam Kellerman

Kellen Coffis – Alright, we’re with Sam Kellerman, the drummer and the newest member of The Coffis Brothers & the Mountain Men. Say hi to the people, Sam. How’s it going?

Sam Kellerman – Happy to be here. Looking forward to talking shop.

KC- Sam, this is your first chance to talk to the fans of the Coffis Brothers. Talk to the people. Tell us a little about yourself. We know you’re a drummer but what other hobbies do you have?

SK- Well, my Uncle lives right by Seascape/Manresa so every Saturday morning I have free I go surfing with him. That and playing basketball occasionally is the only recreational activities I can find time for. The best days to me are those spent grilling and chilling with friends. I go through periods where I read a lot and then don’t read at all. I’m not a big Netflix guy so I can almost guarantee I’ll have no idea what show you are talking about.

KC- But you watched Stranger Things, right? You did, didn’t you? Alright, let’s talk shop. Where’d you grow up and can you tell us what you’ve been up to for, oh how about the last 27 years?

SK- I’m born & raised in Aptos. The best part of Santa Cruz County really. (Editors note: the opinions expressed in this interview do not necessarily reflect those of the Coffis Brothers) I had a charmed childhood. I was always super happy. Sports and music were always of interest. Then I switched to music. When soccer tournaments switched to playing bars until 2am, it all went super fucking downhill.

KC- So there’s a lot to untangle here. Let’s start with the sports. I’ve heard these Coffis boys are quite the athletes. You ever cross paths with them on the soccer fields or were the Ben Lomond leagues in which they played in, far superior to the Aptos leagues?

SK- Well, oddly enough I had to audition for a soccer team Kyle & Kellen were on. The Santa Cruz Breakers who were really an under-14 or under-15 dream team. I remember in High-School Soccer I always looked forward to the days we’d play Kyle and Kellen who played for SLV. That team was especially soft. (Editor’s note again: during the 2006-2007 soccer season SLV beat Aptos 2-0 and 3-1. Kyle and Kellen each scored goals.)

KC- Wow that’s really interesting. So you met Kyle and Kellen first on the soccer field. I would assume you all started playing music together shortly thereafter, right?

SK- I didn’t even play drums at the time. Or if I did, I just started. All I can say is I knew Kellen and a few guys on the team had guitars but I don’t remember seeing anybody play.

KC- So let’s cut right to it. How did you join this band? And maybe a better question is why did you join this band?

SK- I moved back up here after some time in LA. I let my long-time mentor and fantastic drummer, Zach Olsen, know that I was back in town. After a month or two, Zach mentioned he passed my number on to the Coffis Brothers.

KC- You’re just another example of the age old tale of a musician making the long journey from LA to Aptos to pursue his dream of playing rock and roll. What were you doing in LA?

SK- Exactly! Well on and off for five of the last seven years I’ve lived in LA. The first stint was in order to attend USC. Fight On! The second stint was to work for a liquor license brokerage and sort of play drums. When I moved back I was playing pick-up gigs with bizarre country bar bands in the East Bay and a cover band playing the food festival circuit in San Francisco.


KC- So you’re back in Santa Cruz and the Coffis Brothers call you up. What were you thinking at that point?

SK- I was excited to reconnect with Kyle and Kellen and I was just looking forward to playing some music. I honestly didn’t know what the details were so I just treated it with little expectations. The moment it clicked for me was actually seeing it all live at the Redwood Mountain Faire and at Moe’s Alley.

KC- Little expectations is probably good when talking about the Coffis Brothers. Can you tell us a little bit about the behind the scenes in joining the band? Did they put you through a highly intense audition process that tested both your musical ability as well as your social aptitude?

SK- Yeah, the Coffis Brothers have/had a talented way of not only keeping me in the dark as far as my status went, but also keeping one another in the dark. But we went on a four day run down south that not only tested my ability to play two hours of material, but also tested my willingness to play after being sleep-deprived and hungover.

KC- How were those first shows you played with the Coffis Brothers?

SK- I remember having a lot of fun and introducing them to some of my favorite phrases, none of which I can repeat here.

KC- Thank you for not. Has it been tough to jump into a fully formed band as the new guy? Has it been difficult to fill Henry Chadwick’s shoes? And I mean that in a more literal than figurative way as he has huge feet. So tell us what that has been like? Also, what size shoe are you?

SK- Yeah, that’s been the only bummer. There’s no way to improve on something that feels and sounds great. I’ve listened to a shit-ton of Henry’s drumming and it’s excellent. I’m a fan so I knew I had to have one foot in learning the tunes properly but also have one foot in my zone. There is no improving on it but with my influences I can make it different.

KC- But things must be going pretty good, right? It looks like you’ve already played upwards of 30 shows.

SK- Yeah, I’m super lucky and I don’t think I’ve ever had more fun on a bandstand consistently.

KC- Any shows in particular that stand out to you?

SK- Opening for the California Honeydrops at the Catalyst was a pretty wild experience. I had never played drums on the main stage. I played percussion with my brother’s band, The Skaflaws, but never got on the grown-up traps until then.

KC- Alright, so we’ve learned a lot about Sam but can we get some dirt on the Coffis Brothers?

SK- Here we go haha

KC- You’ve spent a lot of time on the road with these boys. Who’s the best and worst driver?

SK- Am I excluded? I have dreams where I die when Aidan is behind the wheel. But I’m the best driver. Kellen is second, then a three-way tied for third.

KC- Loudest in the van

SK- Well, we are a dynamic group so this is tough. We all get chatty and we all get sleepy so I would say the only time the van gets to a loud decibel level is when Aidan and Jamie get on one another.

KC- First person to end up with a drink in their hand at a show

SK- Jamie. He’s also the first to make friends at the bar with the locals.

KC- Last person to wake up in the morning

SK- Tie between Aidan and Kyle.

KC- Most likely to be a diva during soundcheck

SK- Kyle. Not because he is a diva but because the sound man consistently goes over to have a chat about his guitars.

KC- Great. This is sure to cause a few arguments in the band so I think our job here is done. Thanks for joining us. Anything else you’d like to tell the people?

SK- Thanks. I’m glad to be the newest Mountain Man and I hope everyone will introduce themselves on January 6th at Moe’s Alley. I especially hope everyone’s New Year’s Resolution is to really shake it in front of the band.

Rock And Roll Relief – November 10th Sebastopol

We’ve been calling Sonoma County our “second home” after Santa Cruz for a while now. Over the last few years we’ve made so many relationships with musicians, bands, fans, and venues that every time we get up to the North Bay it feels like we’re playing in our hometown. A big part of that is because of Aidan Collins. Aidan spent the first 23 years of his life living in Sonoma County so we have become friends with his family, childhood friends and have been treated like family every time we visit. Along with that we’ve also had some really great opportunities in that area like playing the Kate Wolf Music Festival in 2015 and 2016, the Railroad Square Music Festival in 2016, the Petaluma Music Festival in 2015, and have played shows with bands like Brothers Comatose, Kingsborough, Rainbow Girls, and Mike Sallani among others.

We know people who were directly affected by the fires and we would imagine that everyone in that area has been affected in some way. Our show on Friday November 10th at the Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol will not be a fundraiser, so to speak, but we wanted to help in some way so we will be donating all the money that we make from the show to the Redwood Credit Fund ( This will include money we make through ticket sales as well as all money made from all Coffis Brothers merchandise sold. The Redwood Credit Fund is a very reputable organization that is using %100 of their donations to help aid victims of the fire. You can learn more about the RCU through their website. (

The show itself will be a rock and roll show like you would expect from us and the music will certainly still be the focus of the night, as it should be, but we want to do our part in helping this community. For those of you who would like to donate but can’t attend the show, you can donate right here In addition to that, any CD sales we make through our website from now through November 10th will also be donated to the RCU. We will be bringing our new album Roll With It along with lots of new shirts, posters, and pint glasses to the Hopmonk this Friday so we hope you find something that you like.

Hopmonk Tavern, Sebastopol- November 10th

Doors 8pm

Show 9pm

Buck Thrifty opens

Roll With It

It comes with great pleasure that on October 27th we announced the release of Roll With It. We are extremely proud of the work we put into making this album and of the album that we made. We really want to send our most sincere thank you to our families, friends, fans, basically anyone reading this post, for all the support we’ve received and continue to receive. This album is for you.

In the coming days, weeks, months, we will be releasing music videos, live performance videos,  and footage from our time recording at Barefoot Studios. Oh, and we’ll be releasing vinyl of Roll With It. How about that?

Alright, so the album’s out. What do you do now? You can stream it on your favorite streaming service, buy it on Apple Music, maybe you’ll want to order it on Amazon or even through our website? Hell, you can even buy a copy of it at one of our shows. The point is we’d love it if you’d give it a listen and we hope you enjoy it.

Tom Petty

Tom Petty had an enormous impact on our lives. I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that The Coffis Brothers wouldn’t exist had it not been for Tom Petty. Myself, Jamie, Kyle, and Aidan all wrote a little something about Tom Petty and his profound influence he’s had on all of us.

Kellen –

After hearing about the horrific events at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas, the only thing I wanted to do was sit in my room, play guitar and sing. It seemed like the only thing to do. I was never able to do that on Monday as the news of Tom Petty came shortly thereafter, but if I had I surely would have played a Tom Petty song…or ten Tom Petty songs, because that’s what I’ve always done. I sit on my bed, strum some chords on my guitar, and at some point I break into a Tom Petty song. I never know which one it will be but inevitably I play one. Or like I said, ten.

The connection I’ve felt to Tom’s music is one that I’ve never experienced anywhere else. It’s touched me in a way that’s difficult to explain and even understand. Most of the great music in my life was introduced to me from my parents, but I discovered Tom Petty myself. I can remember the feeling I had the first time I listened to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits album on my friend’s Ipod driving back from a soccer game. I remember buying tapes of Wildflowers and a live bootleg from the Fillmore at a yard sale and playing the shit out of that Wildflowers tape that Summer until it didn’t play anymore. I remember getting Hard Promises and Long After Dark on my 15th birthday, the time Jamie brought a burned copy of Echo home from college, or the Summer before my senior year in High-School when Highway Companion came out and listening to it over and over again and making all my friends listen to it over and over again. There was a certain feeling I got listening to Tom Petty songs and then another feeling of singing and playing Tom Petty songs. It was addicting. I was compelled to sit down and play his songs. I would come home from school and couldn’t do anything else until I played the song I needed to play. In the past few days I’ve heard multiple people say Tom Petty played the soundtrack to their lives. Well, that’s probably true for me too, but I’m pretty sure Tom played a bigger role for me. He didn’t just play the soundtrack to my life, I’m pretty sure he’s directed the whole damn thing.

I was a musician before I first heard Tom Petty but after I heard Tom, everything changed. He taught me how to write a song, how to sing, how to deliver a lyric, how to perform, and how to lead a band. Tom taught me what rock and roll was and what rock and roll could be, and who better to learn from than Tom? For a teenager who wanted to sing and play guitar, there was no better role model than Tom. For a 27 year old there’s no better role model than Tom. Tom was passionate and stubborn in his beliefs, he fought back when he sensed injustice, he was gracious and loyal to his band, peers, and fans, and he always seemed to stand on the side of right. Tom Petty was just fucking cool. Tom Petty was my hero.

I am deeply saddened by the passing of Tom. I saw Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers two times last month at the Greek Theater in Berkeley and the shows moved me every bit as much as it did the first time I saw them 12 years earlier at the Greek. And in typical Tom fashion, he put on a show that was unforgettable. Although I believe Tom still had a lot to give, Tom gave me (and all of us) so much and I am so grateful to have been touched by his music the way I’ve been. I know I’ll never experience anything like that again.

I am far from the first person to say this, but Tom’s songs are timeless and relatable in a way that’s uncanny. You can love one of his songs, listen to it 100 times and suddenly on the 101st listen you’ll hear the song like you’ve never heard it before, and then on the 200th listen it’ll happen again. I’ve experienced this feeling over and over again as I’ve gotten older. On Monday night I listened to Jamie who was DJ’ing at KPIG where he played all Tom Petty. Some of the songs he played I hadn’t heard in a couple years while some I’d heard  just days before and once again I started to hear the songs in a new way. I’m sure these songs will change for me in 5, 10, and 20 years from now. The only thing that won’t change is that I’ll always be listening to Tom Petty and I’ll always be sitting in a room playing his songs.

Tom Petty’s influence on me is profound. It can’t be overstated. The reason I like the music I like is because of Tom Petty. The reason I play the music I play is because of Tom Petty. I am devastated by his passing but I am so grateful to have had Tom Petty in my life. It’s one of the most special things I’ve ever experienced.


I remember finding a cassette tape of  Wildflowers in our garage the summer before I went to college. That was really what got the ball rolling. That album struck me in a very unique way. Songs like “Wildflowers,” “You Wreck Me” and “Honeybee” made my ears perk up immediately. I had heard Tom Petty’s hits as everyone has, many of them are unavoidable if you have even a mild interest in rock and roll. I thought they were all good songs, but this was different. This was exotic and extremely intriguing and it made me re-examine the hits. All of a sudden those were really interesting to me as well. A seed had been planted.
As college dragged on I became a bit disillusioned and rudderless. I was going through a pretty unproductive time in my life, except for the fact that I was busy diving head first into Petty’s catalog. I had developed an unquenchable thirst for Petty. I was swallowing album after album, bonus track after unreleased rarity and becoming intimate with all of it. Kellen was something of a sherpa in this endeavor as he was doing the same thing back home, but always a record or two ahead of me. I can remember him showing me the She’s the One soundtrack during a weekend I was back home. The song “Walls” killed me. “Change the Locks” captivated me every time it came on. Record after record, I was finding pure gold, I was digging through a seemingly endless supply of songs that I wanted to listen to over and over again. Petty was blowing my freaking mind.
This obsession was what eventually brought me back to the piano. I had taken lessons as a youngster and an adolescent but I had drifted away from playing music in my later teens. I was being consumed with this music though and I felt compelled to sit down and play. I was out of practice, and basically a novice at piano (I still pretty much am, I digress) but I was just proficient enough to pick out a few of them. “Walls”, “Free Falling”, and “Learning to Fly” were among the first I learned to play and sing.  Almost immediately my obsession became two fold, listen to Tom Petty, and then play and sing Tom Petty, and then repeat. I started cutting class to go to the practice rooms at San Francisco State which were just a couple of hallways in the Creative Arts building lined with a dozen or so rooms about the size of a closet with a piano in them. I’d spend hours in these rooms. I’d go down on the weekends sometimes, hoping the doors would be unlocked and sometimes they were! I was addicted. Tom Petty was at the center of it. I branched out a little eventually. The catalog of Jeff Lynne, who was the producer of several Petty records, front man of E.L.O and a member of The Traveling Wilbury’s, was devoured promptly. Other Petty related artists fared similarly. Petty had given me the playbook and I was giving myself a crash course in rock and roll while at the same time re-discovering some of the music I was exposed to and loved as a child. (thanks mom)
I was dabbling with my own songs a little bit also, but nothing much was doing on that front until I was played a CD by my parents of some songs Kellen had written and recorded. These were extremely rough recordings mind you but it didn’t matter. The fire was officially lit. The new obsession now was trying to write songs. I was coming up with a bunch of stuff, most of it not very great admittedly, but some of it was kinda sorta ok. Ok enough to think I was maybe on to something. My sensibilities were firmly intact thanks to Tom and his band. I now spent just about all of my time trying to think of something that sounded like a Tom Petty song whether or not I was in front of a piano. About a decade later hardly anything has changed.
Kellen and I started performing around town after I came home from college and eventually got a band together with our fellow Petty fan boy friend and guitarist Kyle Poppen. A lot has occurred since, including brainwashing bassist Aidan Collins, and really, anybody that would listen into joining our unofficial fan club, meanwhile covering “You Wreck Me” I don’t even know how many times. There were plenty other Petty related milestones along the way as well. Seeing him live several times was monumental obviously, as was the release of a handful of new records, all of which were greeted with significant Coffis Brother fan fare. We even got the chance to open for and meet a member of the Heartbreakers, guitarist Mike Campbell. To this day probably the coolest thing the Coffis Brothers have ever done in my opinion.
Monday was a real shitty day. Details from the horrific shooting in Las Vegas were still unfolding and then more terrible and shocking news followed. I can’t really explain how I was feeling, maybe numb was the word? I was scheduled to D.J at KPIG that night which just didn’t sound fun at all. A really nice text from my boss Laurie breathed some life into me and I was told to play all Petty all night and bring in some stuff I might have that the station wouldn’t.  I felt a bit like I had a duty to fulfill. I started going through the collection and grabbed a couple of CD’s that I thought might have some cool stuff on them but looked like they wouldn’t work. I put the first one in and skipped through until I found a track that actually played, it was a bad ass song called “God’s Gift to Man,”  just a random outtake that I hadn’t heard in a few years. Right around the end of the first chorus, I was flooded with emotion and I broke down. An intense mixture of nostalgia and grief poured through me. The rest of the night I was riding waves of emotion as I listened to and recalled many of the songs that had help guide me to where I am today.
I read a quote from Tom Petty once several years ago that lead to a sort of breakthrough for me. He was asked what advice he would give to young people who weren’t sure if they should enter the music industry and he said something along the lines of “If its a ‘choice,’ then you probably shouldn’t be doing it”
Tom and his band The Heartbreakers have been my role models since before I conceived that being a musician could be a reality for me. I am so grateful for the incredible music they’ve given to the world and for the dignity, class and integrity with which they’ve carried themselves. I would like to think that at least in the smallest of ways, Im helping to carry the torch that they have passed down to the next generation of rock and roll.
– Jamie
Growing up an only child, most of my discovery in music was done on my own.  I knew who Tom Petty was, I liked his hits when they came on the radio. I didn’t necessarily know they were all his at the time.  I remember the day in 10th grade when Kellen called me on the phone to tell me about Tom Petty and that he kept digging and couldn’t find a bad song.  I pulled out his greatest hits and could confirm that yes, there was nary a bad song to be found.  Fast forward several weeks and the record has been on repeat since the phone call.  This was the beginning of the rabbit hole.  The Coffis’s had a Wildflowers tape that would play in the Volkswagen Cabriolet driving Kellen and I with the top down to and from soccer practice.  I didn’t know it then but these songs were becoming a part of me.  Part of my identity and shaping my views. I was there when Highway Companion was released and anticipated the releases of Mojo and Hypnotic Eye. Church was in session and the preacher was Petty. He always had a way of making me feel like he was talking right to me.  It was like we had a personal relationship and I could lose myself in his music anytime no matter the mood.  He taught me about love before I’d fallen in love, heartache before I’d had my heart broken and gave me a better perspective from which to view the world.  He showed me the magic in music and the power it can have. He gave me a foundation to look back on should I ever question myself.  My life is forever richer because I was alive in the era of Tom Petty.
Out of my friends I was a latecomer to the Petty party but like most everyone who falls in love with the music of Tom Petty, I fell very hard and very fast. What I love most about his songs are how deeply personal they feel. Tom Petty has a way of making you feel like he’s singing directly to you, connecting with you like an old friend. In the car he was my constant companion. I can’t count how many long drives I’ve spent singing Tom Petty at the top of my lungs, feeling like he was my passenger; singing with me and keeping me company. Even now it still feels like that, maybe more so than ever. If his passing has reaffirmed anything for me it’s how powerful music can be and how many people it can have a profound affect on. Everyday I’m filled with overwhelming gratitude not only for the music he left behind, but that I got to be alive during his all too brief stay on this planet. I take great comfort knowing that Tom will live on in our hearts and through his music forever. To quote a recent favorite of mine: “And it feels so good to know I got you where you belong, here in my heart, right by my side, honey you’re getting me by, yeah you’re keeping me alive.”

Pure Coffis Pork

Earlier this year Jamie Coffis became a DJ at KPIG Radio, one of Santa Cruz’s finest institutions in our opinion. On Saturday September 30th we will be headlining KPIG’s Swine Soiree as it returns to Scotts Valley after a long hiatus. With that on the mind, Jamie graciously wrote a piece about the time he has spent at KPIG this year. Here’s what he said…

With the Swine Soiree coming up this weekend I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my first few months as a DJ at KPIG. Still sounds weird to say, but I’ve been rolling around in the mud here at the sty for long enough now that a look back seems appropriate.

Laurie Roberts reached out to my brother early this year saying she was looking for “freshblood” as I believed she put it, and was looking for younger DJ’s on KPIG. Kellen mentioned myself and McCoy Tyler as possibilities. To my great surprise, Laurie responded by saying these were good ideas. I got back to her before telling McCoy about this in an effort to snake my more talented and easier to like friend. (Don’t worry, we told McCoy eventually and he considered joining the team until ultimately having to turn it down due to schedule conflicts) Laurie brought me into the sty, and the next thing I knew, I was going to be on air in a little over a week. This was a very awesome development in my life. I had been listening to KPIG since I learned to drive. One of the first public performances I ever had was when Kellen and I went on John Sandidge’s live show “Please Stand By,” and I can still vividly remember the first time I heard our song on KPIG, as we drove down to San Luis Obispo to open up a show for Jackie Greene at the old SLO Brew. We turned up the volume all the way and all got our cell phones out to document this life altering occasion. KPIG had been a big part of my life, and now I was a part of it.

I was certainly proud, but I couldn’t help but also be incredibly nervous. The truth was, and is, I don’t really know what I’m doing. Sure, I love rock and roll to death and I’ve always been a bit of a control freak when it came to what was being played in my home and cars as well as in others’ homes and cars. I’ve been known to wax poetic every now and again. Sometimes even making sense, and Ill never stop trying to make my friends chuckle at my dad-like sense of humor even if I rarely succeed. Seemingly, I had some applicable skills, but its a different story when you get in front of a microphone and talk to who knows how many loyal listeners, all with very high expectations for the brand that is “The Pig.” That was an intimidating thought. I’d expect it would be to someone with years of radio experience. I did not have much radio experience. Actually, I had exactly no experience. No matter, I dove in head first and I’ve been having a blast since I got here in March. The nerves were certainly present in the first few weeks and they like to pop in every once in a while still, but for the most part I got comfortable pretty quickly. I don’t want to be presumptuous, but I believe that I have stuttered and stammered my way to a respectable level of competency, if I don’t say so myself. I attribute that to the staff and fellow DJ’s here at the sty and also the many listeners I’ve chatted with on the phone, via email and in person at gigs. The encouragement I’ve received has been surprisingly abundant and really crucial to my success (relative!) here at the sty. I always knew KPIG had a pretty special community of listeners but I’ve  been blown away by how uniquely cool everyone has been. I can’t believe how fortunate I am to be a part of this radio station.
One of the first nights I was in the studio just before a shift, Mark Mooney was ending his shift and we got a chance to chat briefly. He summed it up pretty well I thought when he looked at me over a stack of CD’s and in a very matter of fact manner said “Its the greatest radio station in the fucking world, man.” I’ve yet to find any reason to disagree with him and don’t expect I will. Thank you sincerely KPIG and KPIG listeners for being so accepting of me even when I play the Coffis Brothers, like a lot. See you at the Soiree!
KPIG Swine Soiree 
September 30th 1pm-5pm
MacDorsa Park, 1 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley
Taylor Rae – 1:00-1:30
Jesse Daniel & the Slow Learners – 1:50-2:25
Naked Bootlegers – 2:40-3:30
The Coffis Brothers & the Mountain Men – 3:45-5:00
$15 – 21 and over
$10 – 8-18
Free – 8 and under

Santa Cruz Album Release October 13th

Santa Cruz, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The new Coffis Brothers & the Mountain Men album can finally be in your possession on Friday October 13th.  Our new album Roll With It is going to be available for the first time at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz on October 13th. We are obviously extremely excited to get this album in your hands, as you have so very patiently waited for it, and we wanted to make sure our hometown friends got it first. We will have brand new Coffis Brothers merchandise available, special guests, Dead Winter Carpenters opening, and as many copies of Roll With It as you like. Tickets are available online at See you on Friday the 13th at Moe’s Alley.

Santa Cruz Album Release Show – Moe’s Alley

Friday October 13th

8pm Doors

9pm Show

Tix $12 adv $15 door

with special guests Dead Winter Carpenters