Ventucky String Band

Ventucky String Band

Real Name:
Matthew R. Sayles, David L. White, Rick Clemens
(Prior Members have included: David Roine, Mark Parson, Bill Flores, and Lauren Donahue)

Like a jukebox of old 78 records, The Ventucky String Band is reminiscent of a time when Texas Swing still dominated the AM radio airwaves, and Bluegrass music was as novel as the arrival of television.

Formed in 2010, this highly skilled multi-instrumental string-band features Matt Sayles, Dave White, and Rick Clemens blending three part harmonies and original songwriting into a sound that harkens back to the golden age of country music, and the roots of the country and western sound of the 1930's, 1940's and 50's.

Members of the Band have toured internationally, and have enjoyed appearances on the Wheeling West Virginia Jamboree (WWVA), as well as performances with Bluegrass, Country, Western Swing & Cajun legends like Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Asleep at the Wheel, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, the Bellamy Brothers, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys and Hot Club of Cowtown.

Where some have tried to diminish Ventura as “Ventucky,” this band sees their name not as a veiled jab at Bluegrass music or the city that brought them together— but instead as a tribute to the music and culture of the farmers, roustabouts, and cattlemen that helped grow the city during the early days of big-oil and agriculture in Ventura County.

Typical sets can vary from 1930’s Jazz & Bluegrass, to cowboy ballads & honky-tonk—all seamlessly woven together with original songwriting that draws inspiration from the deep well-spring of American roots music.
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Ventucky String Band Discography Tracks


008 Ventucky String Band Ventucky String Band(LP, Album, Ltd, Bla) Philville Records 008 2012 Sell This Version
008 Ventucky String Band Ventucky String Band(CD, Album, Ltd, Car) Philville Records 008 US 2012 Sell This Version
010 Ventucky String Band Rush the Growler(CD, Album, Ltd) Philville Records 010 USA & Canada 2013 Sell This Version
011 Ventucky String Band Happenstance(CD, Album, Ltd) Philville Records 011 USA & Canada 2014 Sell This Version
014 Matthew R. Sayles, Ventucky String Band Matthew R. Sayles, Ventucky String Band - Ghost of the Damned(CD, Album, Ltd, Sil) Philville Records 014 USA, Canada & Europe 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

013 Ventucky String Band The Band Plays On(CD, EP, Ltd, Car) Philville Records 013 USA & Canada 2015 Sell This Version