Backyard Birds

Backyard Birds

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Michael's on Main

2591 South Main Street

Soquel, CA 95073

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Uncovering great, overlooked songs in exquisite three-part harmony

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Backyard Birds performs a fresh blend of great, overlooked songs in a wide variety of genres, ranging from Americana, classic country, pop and R&B to a sprinkling of jazz standards and originals. The group is known for the three women’s close-knit harmonies (Linda Baker, vocals, acoustic electric guitar; Jean Catino, vocals, tenor ukulele; and June Coha, vocals, soprano ukulele), Linc Russin’s cool mandolin playing, and Larry Prather’s expressive bass lines, as well as their delightfully surprising choices of eclectic and little-known material.

Backyard Birds’ 2020 album, Wildlife, showcases the band’s approach to obscure but cover-worthy songs with standout harmonies, with music from folk duo First Aid Kit, country songwriter and singer Carlene Carter, roots/Americana icons Buddy and Julie Miller, rockabilly/soul songwriter Imelda May, classic country songwriters Ray Edenton and Don Winters, and Neil Young. Backyard Birds’ intimate live performances also often include songs by Anna McGarrigle, Rosanne Cash, Sam Phillips, Dan Penn and Chips Moman, the Beatles, the Avett Brothers, Shelby Lynne, Leonard Cohen, Dave Frishberg and others.

“Gorgeous folksy renditions...The harmonies have only gotten better...a local treat.” Aaron Carnes, Good Times (Santa Cruz, CA)

“A collection of songs that make your heart sway, and voices that find that sweet spot, and keep you dancing in your dreams.” Christina Wise, Press Banner (Scotts Valley, CA)

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