Ventura’s “Banjo Gal” Donna Lynn Caskey writes, sings, and plays from the heart, creating genuine connections with audiences. Her rhythmic, clawhammer-style banjo playing and poetic lyrics cover a wide array of territory from hopeful anthems, story songs, personal confessions, to the comical. Donna Lynn’s music lifts spirits, gets toes tapping, and may even have you singing along. Learn more at http://www.donnalynncaskey.com.
“Simple and stark against beautiful driving rhythms and delicate passages of her fine 5-string banjo, her songs resound like modern spirituals. She writes and plays beautiful songs of enduring hope along the ways of being human. Her voice and words and banjo all seem entwined, so that her songs seem intrinsic, unforced, and genuine… This is music that is good for the spirit – good for all that ails us – an acoustic antidote to chaos and overload.” – Paul Zollo, American Songwriter
“Donna Lynn Caskey may claim the banjo as her instrument, but in truth, it’s her heart and her voice and her writing that deliver her truths… Through loss, struggle, anger and forgiveness and more, Donna Lynn’s voice carries you to places in your own heart and memory that help you heal, forgive, find strength, find a kindred spirit, and ultimately rejoice in a quiet, satisfied comfort.” – Peggy Glenn, Songwriter’s Square
Steve Werner engages audiences with entertaining showmanship and humor while delivering masterful and satisfying songs of heartfelt substance and humanity. When off-stage, Steve enjoys living aboard his boat, Pelican, in Ventura Harbor, partying with his friends, and living small. You can hear and download Steve’s collection of songs, Just Passing Through, at www.stevewerner.bandcamp.com.
“Steve Werner’s music is like listening to the deepest call from your wild soul to the reaches of your heart where the wide world meets the dusty trail. It’s at once yearning and yet settled in its wisdom of the open road and the paths that live in you forever – a powerfully warm, acoustic tone poem for all worldly and weary travelers. His playing, singing and writing are all on a par with the great singer-songwriters of our day. You should listen to him about being human, and thank your stars he’s writing for all of us.” – Susie Glaze, FAR-West Regional Folk Alliance
“Steve Werner should be famous. Do you start with his lyrical songwriting, a catalog of substance, from shake-you-to-your-depths to charming and funny and I-can-relate-to-that? Or do you put up-front his Merle Travis-style guitar mastery? Either way, this guy should be up there.” – Larry Wines, Acoustic Americana Music Guide.