There’s a new band in town… Green Leaf Rustlers. Photos, videos and setlist from their performance on Friday January 19, 2018 at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley California.

“Hippie Tonk music. A GREAT band!!”

Gordon Taylor, Fan on the Scene

The Marin-born super-group is backed by the power trio of Barry Sless on pedal steel, Pete Sears on bass, and John Molo on drums – all three also form the cores of David Nelson Band, Moonalice, and California Kind. Add in Greg Loiacono of the Mother Hips on guitar and vocals, and CRB/As The Crow Flys singer Chris Robinson on vocals and also guitar, and you’ve got a pretty high concept formula for soaring melodies, and hard rocking face melting jams.

The shear force of the Sless/Sears/Molo machine is not to be denied, the tightness that comes from their years of playing together. And aside from his soul searing guitar playing, Greg Loiacono has, in my opinion, one of the most under-appreciated beautiful voices in rock today. And Chris Robinson is in this band as part of the band (not the leader per se), sharing vocals, and his growing guitar prowess.  I hear he’s been practicing with the best! 😉

This combo formed and played last summer at Terrapin Crossroads, and have been holed up in the hills of Marin county practicing for their debut tour. They are all Marin locals, save for Molo, but he is probably here as often as he is in his southern California home!  They are in the midst of a 6 show run, their first “tour”, and by all reports, the first two shows (Oakland on Thursday, Mill Valley on Friday) were a major blast for all who attended.

Too top it all off, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead joined the band for a four song sit-in at the Sweetwater last night.
Mama Tried
It’s All Over Now
When I Paint My Masterpiece
The Race Is On

The band continues their 6-night mini northiern California tour with shows tonight in North Fork, Sunday in Grass Valley, Monday in San Francisco and concluding Tuesday in Felton.   Get more information from the bands Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/GreenLeafRustlers/events/

Pictures above and below are from Gordon Taylor, and Dr. J.
Videos below from nowiknowuryder and Adri Fox, and the Sweetwater.

Green Leaf Rustlers with special guest Bob Weir
“The Race Is On”

Green Leaf Rustlers with special guest Bob Weir
“When I Paint My Masterpiece”

Green Leaf Rustlers with special guest Bob Weir
“It’s All Over Now”

Full show, replay of the Sweetwater stream: