Lon Hannah & San Joaquin Junction

  

 

LON HANNAH & SAN JOAQUIN JUNCTION

Lon Hannah grew up singing in church with his father and uncle in the Central California Valley. After being involved in local musical theater and playing in various musical groups, in 1987 Lon approached his father and uncle with the request that they sing some cowboy songs for his grandfather’s birthday celebration. Sons of the San Joaquin were born, and for over 30 years they toured extensively throughout the World. Their uncanny vocal blend and true love of Western music made the Sons of the San Joaquin the barometer for all Western harmony groups and Lon Hannah continues that legacy with San Joaquin Junction.

Dalisay Johnson began playing fiddle at age six. A five-time California State Fiddle Champ, Dalisay has performed with Buck Owens on multiple occasions as well as plays in several central California bands. In addition, Dalisay Johnson has played her marvelous fiddle on dozens of concerts for Sons of the San Joaquin.

Dan Kehler has had a passion for music since an early age. After earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree in music where he was greatly influenced by strong classical and jazz emphases on the upright bass, Dan got hired on to play bass for a reunion tour of the original members of the New Christie Minstrels. A love for traditional American music quickly ensued, and a short time later, Dan was playing bass for Sons of the San Joaquin. He is known for not not only being an excellent bass player, but also a composer in the film and video industry and has won four California ADDY Awards.

Keith Hamm is a 20 year veteran of the Santa Cruz country rock, folk, and Americana music scene.  In Santa Cruz, Keith was an acoustic guitarist who played in numerous ensembles, most notably Sean Seman an Irish folk musician and recording artist. His work with Sean included opening up for major touring acoustic artists as diverse as Doc Watson, Stephen Stills, Ry Cooder and Roy Buchanan. Always an avid fan of blues music, he soon began playing an electric guitar and joined the thriving Santa Cruz blues scene. 15 years ago, Keith moved to Three Rivers, California, a small rural mountain community to raise a family. There, he and his wife, Esther, started an acoustic band, Mankin Creek. Keith and Esther have been a musical fixture in the San Joaquin Valley ever since. It was through their performances where Lon first heard the duo and asked Keith to collaborate for some upcoming projects.