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.

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The High Water Line debuts their first full length record with Introducing The High Water Line. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, The High Water Line built their sound playing hard-driving West Coast Bluegrass music in the northern California Bluegrass scene. The music on this record is a reflection of nearly two years worth of live performances, late night picking at Bluegrass festivals, and memorable practices at The Green Castle. This record was recorded and mixed with love (and a little scotch) by the mighty Jon Grier at Grierlandia.


Clare Armenante - Fiddle, Vocals, Harmonies
Tj Carskadon - Mandolin, Vocals, Harmonies
Joel Cofield - Guitar, Vocals, Harmonies
Tyler Stegall - Banjo, Vocals, Harmonies
Jim Toggweiler - Electric Bass, Vocals, Harmonies

Recording & Mixing - Jon Grier
Art & Design - Jim Toggweiler, Tyler Stegall


 LIVE Videos

The High Water Line was selected as a California showcase band for the California Bluegrass Association’s Fathers Day Festival in 2019. Here are some performance highlights from our set on the main stage.




Here are some selections from our photo shoot with the legendary Snap Jackson. If there is a more specific photo you are looking to use for promotional material, please contact us directly.


Upcoming Shows

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Booking Inquiries

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.