Crooked Branches

"a killer six-piece band that takes the line that separates folk and soul, and obliterates it." ~Santa Cruz Good Times

     Born in 2014 and based out of the Santa Cruz mountains, Crooked Branches features a soulful, acoustic sound that weaves lyrical storytelling with down-home grooves.  Their debut album showcases songs that tell stories about home, family, and good old-fashioned self-loathing. 

     While recording at Gadgetbox Studios, they quickly developed chemistry with longtime producer and engineer Andy Zenczak and have since convinced him to become the newest member of the band.  Zenczak had already lent his percussion skills to many tracks on the album while Don Mackessy, banjo player for The Naked Bootleggers, also showed off his chops as a musical guest.

    The band has built a dedicated following by playing energizing shows at such venues as Moe's Alley, Don Quixote’s International Music Hall (now Flynn's Cabaret) and the Mountain Sol Festival.  
 

Vocals and Rhythm Guitar / Manny Steffen
Vocals, Ukulele, Mandolin, Harmonica / Matt Owens
Rhythm and Lead Guitar / Markus Puhvel
Bass / Alex Chapman
Vocals and Keyboard / Jason Robertson
Percussion / Andy Zenczak