The High Water Line is a five piece bluegrass band of San Francisco Bay Area musicians, who have blended their diverse musical tastes and experiences to create a hard-driving West Coast bluegrass sound that is all their own.
Hailing from upstate New York, picking on the banjo while singing lead and harmony vocals with his powerful baritone voice, is Tyler Stegall. On fiddle is Clare Armenante, a classically trained violin player and talented vocalist from the Garden State. Also from New Jersey, the man responsible for keeping the band in time and bringing his signature funk-fueled groove, is electric bass player and singer Jim Toggweiler. From Wisconsin comes mandolin player Tj Carskadon, whose vocals and driving backbeat help define The High Water Line’s energetic rhythmic feel. Finally, all the way from Monroe, Georgia is singer and guitarist Joel Cofield, who seamlessly blends blues with both traditional and modern bluegrass guitar styles. These five talented musicians came together in the spring of 2017, integrating their divergent backgrounds to create bluegrass music that is unique yet universally accessible, innovative yet rooted deeply in tradition, fresh but still familiar. It is this sound, unified by the harmony of their complementary musical skills, that electrifies audiences all throughout California – in tiny dive bars, upscale weddings, and from festival stages.
The Demo Session recordings
Recorded in the fall of 2017, these first recordings of The High Water Line include beloved bluegrass standards such as "Love Please Come Home" and "Lonesome Feeling", an original arrangement of the traditional standard "Handsome Molly", and a progressive groove-heavy cover of the alt-country tune "Get High".
Tj Carskadon - Mandolin, Harmony Vocals
Tyler Stegall - Banjo, Lead Vocals
Joel Cofield - Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals
Clare Armenante - Fiddle, Harmony Vocals
Jim Toggweiler - Electric Bass, Lead Vocals
Released October 30th, 2017
Album Art - Annie Galvin, 3 Fish Studios
Recording & Mixing - Joseph Helm & Jon Grier
The members of The High Water Line have performed all over the world, from New York to Shanghai and even in our own backyard at the legendary Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley, California. The High Water Line can be found playing around the San Francisco Bay Area every month.