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The Little Fox Theater - Redwood City, CA Photo Courtesy of: Jason Grosser

About the Band

Photos Courtesy of: Jon McNeill

It’s immediately evident at a Windy Hill bluegrass show that the band is passionate about bluegrass music, and has “big fun” picking and singing. They are becoming increasingly well known – and are winning awards – for their entertaining performances. The Windy Hill Bluegrass band began as an idea at Menlo Atherton High School (CA), in wood shop class, where two 17-year-old friends sat around their workstations sanding their projects and talking about live music. It was here that they discovered a mutual love for the songs of Bill Monroe, Carter Stanley, and Jimmy Martin and set out to learn to play and sing traditional bluegrass music.

Band Member Bios Ryan Breen As a founding member of Windy Hill, banjo player Ryan Breen conceptualized the idea of his bluegrass band way back in 2003. With the bands name sake looming large on the horizon from his back porch, Windy Hill was an appropriate title for the group. “Shooter” Breen then moved Fort Collins where he graduated from Colorado State in 2009. Windy Hill played in Colorado for a time, then relocated back to California. Nominated for Northern California bluegrass society banjo player of the year 3 years running, Ryan is available for banjo, guitar, and vocal lessons. If Ryan could be any bluegrasser he would be Earl Scruggs.

Kyle McCabe A long time member of Windy Hill, bass man Kyle McCabe grew up in Menlo Park, California. Kyle’s first love in life was baseball and he still enjoys playing and watching it today. Upon graduating from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009, Kyle turned his attention to learning how to play bluegrass bass. If Kyle could play bass like anyone, he would play like cousin Jake from Flatt and Scruggs.

Thomas Wille Guitar player and versatile singer Thomas Wille grew up in Lafayette, California where from an early age he loved music. Always one to provide scholarly bluegrass information, it should come as no surprise that Thomas has a masters in history from San Francisco State University. Often referred to as the “bluegrass oracle” Thomas is always on the lookout for rare recordings, especially Red Allen. Thomas can also be contacted for mandolin, guitar, and vocal lessons. If Thomas could be any bluegrasser he would be Red Allen.

Windy Hill’s Mission

Windy Hill’s mission is to awaken a dormant love for “old-style” acoustic bluegrass music. Updating the traditional lyrical content, they reach and impact contemporary audiences while staying true to their deep California roots.

Photos Courtesy of: Mike Melnyk Photography

F.A.Q.s Questions Really, ties & hats? Do these guys actually have fun? Do you guys play original tunes? I see you guys use a single microphone set up in your regular performances, are you flexible? How long is a typical show? Where can I purchase your music? Does your band sound more contemporary or more traditional?

Photos Courtesy of: Jon McNeill

Answers Yes, Windy Hill honors the formal tradition of hats and ties but that in no way stifles “the good vibe”. Yes, 16 of our last 18 songs on ‘The Lonesome Garbage Man’ are original. Yes, we are flexible. We do not plug our instruments in, but we will use whatever set up makes us sound the best at your venue. A 3 hour show with around 2.5 hours of music is pretty typical for us. Our music is available online via iTunes, & CD baby. Our CDs are also available for purchase at all of our shows. Our music can be described as modern compositions framed by traditional values.

Recent Press Clippings

KALW 91.7 FM - Bluegrass Signal “In the Deep Rolling Hills of San Francisco” The Almanac - Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside - CA

Press Release “The Lonesome Garbage Man”

Press Contact: Ryan Breen Press Syndicate 975 15th Ave. Redwood City, CA 94063 Phone: 650.400.3062

Press Release For Immediate Release Windy Hill Releases Second CD in San Francisco, California [September 14, 2013 San Francisco, CA] Windy Hill, a California based bluegrass band, will be debuting their latest CD “The Lonesome Garbage Man”, at a CD release party on September 14, 2013. The Amnesia Bar, located at 853 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA 94110 between 19th street and 20th street, will host this public event. Live pictures of this event, as well as two original tracks off of the new Windy Hill CD, will be available to the general public at by 10 PM on the night of the occasion. “I honestly feel like we have put literal blood, sweat and tears into the success of this band. The passion behind the music is what really keeps us fired up on a regular basis; we want to expose the general public to traditional hard driving bluegrass, while enthralling them with the original lyrics that expose our musical souls in the purest way possible.” Said Kyle McCabe, bass player for Windy Hill, during a recent interview. Windy Hill will showcase their unique take on traditional bluegrass music during their September 14, 2013 CD release party. The CD will highlight the writing talent of mandolin player Henry Warde, the singing prowess of Thomas Will and Ryan Breen, and the resonating sound of Kyle McCabe’s stand up bass. The band noted in a recent interview, “We sincerely hope that everyone loves our newest CD as much as we do. We put our hearts and souls into this album and it is our hope that the listeners can hear the passion in the music.” ###

About Windy Hill’s New Album “The Lonesome Garbage Man” Windy Hill’s new album The Lonesome Garbage Man is a tribute to the band’s traditional bluegrass and California routes. The album explores a shared vision by three unique songwriters, Ryan Breen, Thomas Wille and Henry Warde. Old fans will appreciate the gritty, single-microphone approach that can be expected of Windy Hill, while new listeners may prefer to focus on the multitude of original songs and hard driving lyrics. Instrumental journeys abound with such highlights as the instant classics ‘Red Battle’ and ‘Peter’s Dream’.

Social Media Press Release “The Lonesome Garbage Man”

Social Media Press Release September 14, 2013

Press Contact: Ryan Breen Press Syndicate 975 15th Ave. Redwood City, CA 94063 Phone: 650.400.3062

Windy Hill Releases Second CD in San Francisco, California - A 21 and over public CD release party for Windy Hill’s second CD release in San Francisco, CA. - Windy Hill band members will be available to sign first edition CDs after the show. - Guests will have the opportunity to meet and interact with all Windy Hill band members before and after the show. Event Facts - - - - -

Date: September 14, 2013 Time 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM Place: Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA 94110 CD release party for Windy Hill Cash Bar – Wine, Beer, Assorted Coctails

Media Quotes “Windy Hill delivers music that Vern would have been proud of; classic, hard-driving bluegrass with the soul and purpose of a tenacious young band behind it. With passion comes purpose, and this band has it in spades.” “Windy Hill is not at all interested in ironing the mountain soul out of their music; instead this young band’s versions of traditional bluegrass songs are filled with raw energy and emotion that hits the listener right in the gut. For anyone who appreciates hard-driving, undiluted traditional bluegrass music, Windy Hill will more than satisfy.” Links

Notable Dates DATE Sept, 2010 June, 2011



Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills, Emerging Artists of the Year Debut Album Released, Lets Go to the Fair

Plymouth, CA San Francisco, CA

July, 2013

Winners, String Summit Festival Band Competition Second Place Winners, RockyGrass Festival Band Competition California Showcase Band, Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival Second Album Released, The Lonesome Garbage Man Start of 2013 Summer Tour

July, 2013

Darrington Bluegrass Festival

Darrington, WA

August, 2013

Bluegrass on the Green

Mount Lake Terrace, WA

June 2013

Ninkasi Brewing Co. Summer Sampler Compilation

Eugene, OR

July, 2011 August, 2011 June, 2012 May, 2013

Horning’s Hideout, OR Lyons, CO Grass Valley, CA San Francisco, CA San Francisco, CA

Notable Venues APPEARANCES VENUE 5 Appearances

The Freight & Salvage - Berkeley, CA

2 Appearances

The Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA

3 Appearances 7 Appearances 5 Appearances

Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival - Grass Valley, CA Moe’s Alley - Santa Cruz, CA The Fox Theater “Club Fox” - Redwood City, CA

2013 Show Poster Sampling

MAY 24



2013 Summer Tour Dates Date 7/13 7/15 7/16 7/17 7/18 7/20 7/21 7/23 7/26 7/27 7/28 7/30 7/31 8/1 8/2 8/3 8/5 8/6 8/7 8/8 8/9 8/11 8/16 8/17 8/18 8/20 8/21 8/22 8/24 8/25 8/27

Venue Don Quixote’s International Music Hall - Felton, CA Amnesia - San Francisco, CA Alex’s Plaza Restaurant & Bar - Ashland, OR Bombs Away Cafe - Corvallis, OR Laurelthirst Public House - Portland, OR Darrington Bluegrass Festival - Darrington, WA Darrington Bluegrass Festival - Darrington, WA Next Door Gastropub - Port Angeles, WA Steamboat Bluegrass Festival - Olympia, WA Eastburn - Portland, OR The Pint Shack - Hood River, OR White Eagle Saloon - Portland, OR Wilsonville Old Church & Pub - Wilsonville, OR Calapooia Brewing Co. - Albany, OR Axe & Fiddle - Cottage Grove, OR Sam Bond’s Garage - Eugene, OR The Cosmic Depot - Bend, OR Pengilly’s Saloon - Boise, ID Tom Grainey’s - Boise, ID House Concert - Logan, UT ABG’s Bar - Provo, UT Gracie’s Bar - Salt Lake City, UT Two Bit Saloon - Gardiner, MT Murray Bar - Livingston, MT Murray Bar - Livingston, MT Top Hat Lounge, Missoula, MT John’s Alley - Moscow, ID The Nectar Lounge - Seattle, WA Bluegrass on the Green - Mountlake Terrace, WA Bluegrass on the Green - Mountlake Terrace, WA Sam’s BBQ - San Jose, CA

2013 Photobank

Father’s Day Festival Photos Courtesy of: Jon McNeill

2013 Photobank

The Little Fox Theater Photos Courtesy of: Jason Grosser

2013 Video Samples

The Silver Dollar Saloon Butte Montana August 19, 2013

The Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA July 5, 2013

Endorsements Companies

Ninkasi Brewing Company

The Ninkasi Brewing Company is a micro brewery based in Eugene, Oregon. Named after the Sumerian goddess of beer, Ninkasi was founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge. Windy Hill’s original tune “Highway 84” is on Ninkasi Brewing Company’s Summer Compilation, included in their 4-pack variety packs this summer. The 4-packs are for sale in San Francisco and all over the West Coast.

California Grown Clothing Company

“We are California Grown” is a California apparel company whose goal is to support the community through the promotion of sports, art, and music. “We are California Grown”, started in 2006 by owner Spence Hinckley, is based in Santa Cruz, California. California Grown is a sports apparel company with California pride. Our pride grows with the skilled athletes and talented artists that claim California as their home. Windy Hill gets sponsorship support from “We are California Grown” and often headlines company events.

Endorsements Individual Kathy Kallick “Windy Hill has an obvious appreciation and enthusiasm for the “old school” Bluegrass sound. The opening track <Lonesome Garbage Man> featuring Ryan Breen’s driving banjo says it all: this is not modern new grass americana, this is hard-driving ’50s Jimmy Martin influenced BLUEGRASS! Windy Hill band members wrote all but two tracks on this, their second album, and they are keeping the lyrical style and content of these songs faithfully in the same vein. The tunes are crisp, concise and in the pocket. These guys can pick! Gopher In The Pumpkin Patch! Yay!”

Bill Evans “From the hills and hollers of the San Francisco Bay Area comes a powerful blast of traditional bluegrass from Windy Hill. The original material on “Lonesome Garbage Man” is what grabs you first. This project is chock full of old-sounding songs and instrumentals that touch upon eternal bluegrass verities. The band sings and plays it just right, sounding as if they just came out of WCYB’s Farm and Fun Time morning radio show in Bristol, Virginia opening for the Stanley Brothers. At a time when you can have as many kinds of bluegrass as there are coffee choices at your local café, Windy Hill’s brand of bluegrass is straight up, with no sugar or cream add and enough of a jolt to keep you wide awake into next week.”

Sandy Rothman “I counted the years I’ve been listening to Bay Area bluegrass and West Coast bluegrass in general — it adds up to about 55 – and this band of young urbanites is the first I’ve heard to truly evoke a certain traditional strain of the music I might characterize briefly as firmly within the “Stanley Bros./Red Allen spectrum.” But with their collective originality they go beyond that and the other kinds of “industrial-strength honky-tonk barroom bluegrass” the members obviously love. Yes, you can say this is youthful “California bluegrass” – but with a very special twist you won’t hear anywhere else.”

Contact the Band

Ryan Breen

Banjo & Vocals

Kyle McCabe


Thomas Wille


Guitar & Vocals

Windy Hill Bluegrass - Media Kit