At the age of twelve, Keith Keenom began his personal journey with his guitar. He emulated his older brother Stanley who was an outstanding guitar player and taught Keith his finger picking style with a lot of his “hot licks.” His roots are firmly planted with his family who were all accomplished musicians, including his father and brothers. Some of the bands Keith has taken part in include, “Shades of Country”, “The Grizzly Mountain Boy’s”, the “Mountain Fever Band”, and the Gospel group “The Bunkhouse Boy’s”. He is an accomplished musician who can play just about anything with a string, including a guitar, fiddle, banjo, piano, & even a mandolin. Its Keith’s rich soulful voice that was given directly from heaven above that really touches each audience he plays for. Whether it’s cowboy, country & western or bluegrass, he truly captures the essence of each song he sings.
For over 40 years Dave Rainwater has enjoyed playing and performing American bluegrass, country and folk music as a member in numerous bands. Besides appearing with the Sierra Mountain Band, he also has produced his own solo shows, “Catgut Strings Romancing the Fiddle” and “Musical Treasures from the Gold Rush Era”. His self-proclaimed mission to ‘Change the world one fiddle tune at a time’ is a journey to re-connect Americans to their fascinating musical roots and historical folklore. A champion fiddler he won first or second in over a third of the 50 competitions he was in, including a blue ribbon at the prestigious Galax Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, Virginia in 1993. In 2013 he was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the annual California Auto Harp Gathering.
Elida Ickes plays the bass and guitar. She is in three and sometimes four bands! She has played in bands all over Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Nevada. Originally from the SF bay area, she now resides in Twain Harte. Elida was recently nominated by the Northern California Bluegrass Society as Female Vocalist of the Year and Bass Player of the Year. Her favorite pastimes are being with her husband, children, grandchildren, having fun and playing music. She also loves to quilt and travel.
Richard T. “Dick” Todd’s affair with the 5-string banjo has spanned over a half a century. He was first fascinated with the banjo when he saw Dave Guard of the Kingston Trio in the early 1960’s. After forming the “Dawson City String Trio” with two friends in Golden, Colorado, playing mostly “Folk”, he then moved into “Bluegrass” after seeing Doug Dillard at the “Exodus” in Denver. Besides Earl Scruggs himself, Dick says Dillard was the greatest influence in his picking style. The "Bear Creek Union Band” saw Dick on banjo, with his former wife playing mandolin and vocals during the 80’s and 90’s along with a few roles in “little theater” in Big Bear Lake, California. After returning from living overseas in New Zealand, he moved to Groveland and joined the "Grass Menagerie” in early 2000. By 2004, Dick and Richard Sholer, along with Julie Schmidt had formed “Coyote Hill” where in the fall of 2007 they were the opening act at the Strawberry Music Festival. Dick has now found a place with the "Sierra Mountain Band" and has remarked that, after joining this group, it felt like ‘coming home’.