April 13, '19

2015 Talent Lineup

Ramona Music Fest 2015 Lineup
Back to the Garden

Back to the Garden (formerly Cactus Twang)

History can be rewritten, but a song is forever. Back To The Garden embodies this truth by taking their audiences back in time through the songs of past years. Invariably, their concerts become mass sing-alongs, set to the soundtrack of the free-love era. I'm told we can expect some Eric Clapton!

Their inspiration comes from a heartfelt love for the music, and it is experienced on many levels, from primal to spiritual, by anyone who attends one of their shows.

Talk to any member of Back To The Garden, you will be speaking to someone who's made major contributions to the music scene. As session and live players, they have backed artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Kenny Loggins, America, Kim Carnes, Juice Newton, Chaka Khan, Art Neville, BJ Thomas, The Everly Brothers, and many more.

Back To The Garden is: "Cactus" Jim Soldi, Marc "Twang" Intravaia, Sharon Whyte, Larry Grano, and Rick Nash.

Billy Thompson

Billy Thompson

Billy Thompson has been delivering guitar work that has electrified audiences in the U.S. and throughout Europe, setting the tone for this veteran musician’s sizzling performances, both live and in studio. In his original music, he combines tasty, "behind the bar" slide, searing electric guitar and soulful vocals with a unique amalgamation of styles including blues, rock, funk, New Orleans and R&B.

Billy has played with legends such as Little Milton, Albert King, Earl King, and Art Neville, while opening for the likes of Robert Cray, B.B. King, Sonny Landreth, The Neville Brothers and Joe Cocker, to name a few. He has performed on Barbara Walter’s “The View”, with the San Diego Symphony, the 2002 Super Bowl celebration as well as for the grand opening of L.A.’s House of Blues. Billy has also accomplished some impressive theatrical stints including lead guitar for the Broadway show “Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues” and for Tony Award winning playwright Keith Glover’s Bluesical, “Thunder Knocking on the Door,” which he recorded with platinum recording artist Keb Mo.

Listen to Billy Thompson on ReverbNation!

Jason Winters

Jason Winters

Jason Winters has been leading worship and writing worship music since 1996. He started leading worship for the youth group of Mountain View Community Church in Ramona California. He then moved into leading a contemporary rock service on Sunday mornings. Also during this time Jason played in a punk rock band called Nothing Special who played mostly in San Diego for 3 years and released a self titled album. He then played in a hardcore band called Fallen Out who release an album called "refined". This band toured the west coast three times then stopped playing in 2004. In 2005, after graduating from Christian Heritage College with a B.A. in Bible and Music, he became the Worship Pastor at Mountain View Community Church.

Since then, he has developed the Worship Ministry at MVCC and has grown in his worship leading and song writing. Jason is now releasing his first studio worship album in February 2015. In 2010 he released his first Live worship album entitled "Jason Winters LIVE with the MVCC Worship Band". The album includes all original worship songs written by Jason and a couple by his sister Jessica Winters.

Listen to Jason Winters at his website!

Shirthouse Band

The Shirthouse Band

The Shirthouse Bluegrass Band was formed in December of 2006, at the request of the Windsor Hill Church in La Mesa, to perform at their Christmas Mass. The band formed out of the monthly Shirthouse Jam sessions held by Rich Craig.

Members of the band are Rich Craig on banjo, Peter Lauterbach on mandolin and guitar, Rob Lewallen on guitar, Conley Robinson on guitar and Len Claesson on bass.
The Shirthouse Band brings a newer style of Bluegrass music to the San Diego music scene by the Traditional banjo style of Rich. The Country and Western influence of Rob and Len’s Rock and Roll Bass style.

The Shirthouse Bluegrass Band specialize in playing many styles of music, Including Gospel, Folk, and Rock, with 3, 4 and 5 part harmonies while still maintaining that great Bluegrass sound.

Listen to them at their website!


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