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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
Admission
$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 http://www.moesalley.com/tickets.php?show_id=2568. 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

Summer Happenings

Ah man, is Summer ending? It is, right? Just the other day the Sun literally disappeared in the morning. I don’t know what that was all about. Did anybody else notice that? So what have the Coffis Brothers been up to this Summer, you ask? Let me tell you. Most notably we have released three singles from our upcoming album, Roll With It. Did you hear that? Three singles! Also, did you catch that we have a new album coming out called Roll With It? I’d say that’s some pretty big news. The feedback we’ve received regarding the new songs has been great, but in case you haven’t heard them you can listen to all three right here. http://www.coffisbrothers.com/music/

Squire Lounge, Denver, CO. Photo by Effie Benjamin Potter

Aside from releasing new music, the Summer of 2017 has been as memorable as any. We recently spent two weeks traveling through Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado. We even had air conditioning in our van. That’s right! We got our AC fixed. I mean, that alone made this Summer memorable, but on a more serious note; as we played, what we knew would be, our last shows with Henry behind the kit, we had as much fun playing as we’ve ever had and enjoyed every one of them. (http://www.coffisbrothers.com/news/) We went deep in the vault and played some oldies, we played some brand new songs, and we even met our friend McCoy Tyler for the second half of the tour. In short, we’ve had an awesome Summer. But wait! Summer ain’t over yet. Check out our upcoming shows. (http://www.coffisbrothers.com/shows/) And anyway, we live in Santa Cruz so it always feels like Summer.

Newpark Town Center, Park City, UT. Photo by Rachel Shannon

Squire Lounge, Denver, CO with McCoy Tyler. Photo by Effie Benjamin Potter

Oyster Ridge Music Festival, Kemmerer, WY. Photo by Henry Chadwick

 

Downtown Artery, Fort Collins, CO. Photo by Effie Benjamin Potter

Heck, Just Read This One: Henry Chadwick

Generally these posts are pretty lighthearted. They’re a little goofy and silly and I enjoy writing them like that. This one is a little different. As we gear up to play our only club date in Santa Cruz this Summer (July 21st, Moe’s Alley) we thought we needed to let the good people of Santa Cruz, as well as all followers of The Coffis Brothers, in on some rather significant happenings in the band. Before we get to the point of this post I would just like to say this…

When Jamie and I decided we wanted to start a band, only one person came to mind when we thought about drummers. It was, of course, Henry Chadwick. For about 8 years Henry has been the drummer of The Coffis Brothers. Henry has made countless sacrifices for this band for which we can’t thank him enough. Beyond all the time, energy, and money he’s put into this band, he has been one of our closest friends, and still remains one of our closest friends. We’ve shared experiences together that we’ll never forget. Henry helped shape the sound of this band and was as influential as any of us in our songs, live performances, and studio recordings. We all fully support and believe in Henry in any of his future endeavors and although we will certainly miss him with us on stage, we feel good knowing that he has helped us create what has become a well-oiled machine that will continue to run (the well oiled-machine being this band, not our Ford van.) Jamie, Kyle, Aidan, and myself are as committed to this band as we’ve ever been and will continue performing just like we’ve always done. Don’t you worry about that. Anyway, enough from me. Let’s hear from the man himself, Henry Chadwick.

Barefoot Studios, Hollywood, CA 2016.

Hey everyone,

I’ve been putting off writing this for a while, since I want to use the right words and they have been hard to find. I come bearing bittersweet news today. I feel like I should preface this by saying just how much I love being in The Coffis Brothers and The Mountain Men. A lot. I just love this band in general. I love the music, and the group of dudes who are 4 of my best friends and quite frankly, family. I’ve had the honor and pleasure of growing up with these guys. We’ve taken off our musical/drumming/touring training wheels together and learned how to ride the musical bike, so to speak. We’ve traveled to the furthest reaches of the country together in cars, mini vans, regular vans and (on occasion) planes. We’ve slept on floors, in tents, hotels, yurts, cabins and on many couches, and they’ve put up with more than one too many of my farts in the van. According to my calculations, this is our 8th summer playing together in one form or another. It’s crazy to think about. My time spent with The Coffis Brothers has been 2 or 3 times longer than any relationship I’ve been in with anyone. That made this decision that much harder to come to.

As some of you may or may not know, I write my own songs and that has been a life-long passion. Before I started playing drums, I was primarily a songwriter. As things picked up with the brothers, the songs I was writing took somewhat of a back seat, which was great for me at the time. We spent some of the best times of my life touring and recording over the years to come. It was really exciting and fulfilling to be a part of. Last year, I released an EP of my own music that picked up a little bit of momentum. It felt really good. I had forgotten just how much I missed it. Writing and playing my songs has been the thing I’ve wanted/needed to do as long as I can remember, and somewhere deep down I knew I’d regret not dedicating more time to focus on it. This creates a dilemma, since the goal of most bands is to hopefully be busier. Time is a funny thing. It turns out you can only be in one place at any given time. We’ve been able to make things work for a while as momentum has built on both ends, and I’m nothing but appreciative for how flexible, accommodating and supportive Jamie, Kellen, Kyle and Aidan have been. After a while of cramming everything in, I started to feel things spreading thin. After a lot of contemplating and soul searching, I came to the conclusion that the best thing for me and for the boys would be for me to start phasing out of my role as drummer in the Coffis Brothers. That’s a painful sentence to write. I believe in The Coffis Brothers. I know that they are great, and will continue to do great things! In order to achieve that continued greatness in the most effective manner, this seems like the best move.

I have no doubt that we will all continue to make music together in one way or another in the future, and I look forward to seeing/watching the band’s success and cheering them on from the sidelines. They are, and will always be 4 of my best friends and brothers. Thanks again to the boys and to all who have and continue to support the music. To anyone reading this, who this may apply to: Thanks so much for letting us crash on your couch/floor, coming to shows, buying CDs and shirts, selling CDs and shirts and just hanging out with us. In short, thanks for making these past 8 years the incredible journey that they were. This is the end of a chapter, but the book has barely started! I hope to run into you all again soon. I’ll be joining the Coffis Bros. on tour over the next few weeks and I’d love to see some familiar faces. After that I’ll be playing my music around, and I hope to see you around at one of those.

Thanks again for everything! I’m looking forward to see what happens next.

Sincerely,

-Henry

 

“Trouble Town” music video shoot 2014.

 

Oyster Ridge Music Festival, Kemerer, Wyoming 2015.

Halloween Henflings Tavern, Ben Lomond, 2013.

Redwood Mountain Faire, Felton, 2013.

You Ain’t Got The Heart Music Video

We have released the official music video for “You Ain’t Got The Heart.” This video was produced by Gadgetbox Studios, directed by Andy Zencak, and shot by Shawheen Keyani.

We shot this video over the course of one freezing cold day in Hollister, California at Tag Paintball. Despite the frigid temperatures, we had a great time and are really pleased with the whole video. We’d like to give special thanks to RJ Allen, Steven Morgan, Ben Barsochinni, all the employees at Tag Paintball, and of course our awesome warrior girls: Hayley Alger, Taylor Harrington, Ava Marinos, Ava Poitras, and Lizzie Sepeda.

Hot Seat Challenge – Mad Dog 357

We have gone to great, some might even say extreme, lengths to play our music and to have our music heard. While recording our album at Barefoot Studios we went to even greater, or perhaps extremer lengths for our music. With the recent release of You Ain’t Got The Heart, we present you with The Coffis Brothers & the Mountain Men- Hot Seat Challenge.

During our seven day stint at Barefoot Recording Studios in Hollywood we frequented a nearby burrito stand in the mornings. While scouring the Barefoot kitchen for hot sauce we encountered a certain Mad Dog 357 hot sauce. This wasn’t just your normal hot sauce. This was Mad Dog’s Silver Collector’s Edition that weighs in with a whopping 750,00 scoville units. What’s a scoville, you may be asking? We’re still not really sure, but from our research 750,000 of them is a lot. As a gift to the studio from Nickel Creek’s, Chris Thile, we thought it was only right that we try some of this hot sauce while playing one of the songs we were recording. This is the result of that attempt. We promise you that we are not acting. We are not “hamming” it up for the cameras. This is our most genuine, sincere, real reaction to eating this hot sauce. For the pain we put ourselves through we really hope you enjoy this video. That’s why we made it.

New Single Coming Soon

This isn’t THE announcement, but rather the announcement OF the announcement. That’s right, we’re making announcements for our announcements. Glad we got that squared away.

It comes with great pleasure that we can announce the release of our first Single from our upcoming full-length album for you later this week. We are really excited to share this single and album with you all. This song, along with the rest of the album, was recorded at Barefoot Studios in Los Angeles in 2016 and was produced by Andy Zenczak (Wrong Side of The Road, Waiting For You EP, and The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men.) Keep your head on a swivel as we announce the official release later this week.

We’re In The Finals!

We have advanced to the top five of the High Sierra 2017 Band Contest! We’re very excited about this as you can tell by our use of an exclamation point, which we use very sparingly. Now we need your help. Here’s how to help.

Please go to this video here: https://www.facebook.com/highsierramusic/videos/10154574453771705/?pnref=story and LIKE THE POST. That’s it. It’s that easy. The video with the most likes on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will win a spot at the High Sierra Music Festival. Although we appreciate any like, share, comment, retweet and all that good stuff, you HAVE to go here: https://www.facebook.com/highsierramusic/videos/10154574453771705/?pnref=story and Like this post. Thanks for all the support and we hope to see you at High Sierra this 4th of July Weekend!

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