Music of Mendocino happily offers

information about some of the

world-class musicians

who choose to make

Mendocino County their home.

For instance, these four talented folks, who perform together as the Mendocino Quartet, a special listening experience!

And their CD available at The Coast Store


Friday and Saturday March 6 and 7, 2020
Sequoia Room at North Coast Brewing Company Taproom, Restaurant and Bar, Fort Bragg, CA

The Mendocino Quartet - Four professionals, all veterans of the national and international music scene. Individually, each is a gifted musician, vocalist and songwriter; together they represent a collaboration of 2 generations of Mendocino County’s own. The four members of The Mendocino Quartet share a deep love of music and a joyful performance style. When they take the stage, prepare for toe-tapping, knee-slapping, hand-clapping, finger-snapping and maybe your boots on the dance floor!

David Hayes on upright bass and vocals: a member of the Van Morrison Band for most of the last 4 decades, David is also a veteran of Jesse Colin Young’s band, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and many more. A popular musician-for-hire, his session and stage appearances have included playing with Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Little Steven, Ray Charles, Tom Waits, Booker T., Joan Baez, Mimi Farina, Bobby 'Blue' Bland, Graham Parker, Country Joe McDonald, Sheryl Crow, John Lee Hooker, Tom Johnston (Doobie Brothers), Maria Muldaur and dozens more. David has over 250 recordings to his credit and has circled the globe many multiple times on tour.

Gene Parsons on guitars, banjos and vocals: a multi-instrumentalist with the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, Gene is also a veteran of hundreds of stage and studio performances including with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Randy Newman, Arlo Guthrie, Sheryl Crow, Elliott Murphy, Everly Brothers and numerous others. Gene is also the inventor of the String-Bender. Originally designed for his friend and musical compatriot Clarence White, the String-Bender is one of the most sought-after customized adaptions for electric and acoustic guitars the world over.

Gwyneth Moreland on accordion, guitars and vocals: an acclaimed songwriter and vocalist whose solo work and tours have taken her to stages all across the U.S. and a featured spot on shows such as NPR’s "Music City Roots: Live at the Loveless Cafe." Gwyneth's third full-length album Ceilings Floors and Open Doors and her latest, 2017's Cider, were both heartily embraced by Folk radio, landing on the Folk charts and garnering the reviews of which an artist dreams. Both were produced by bandmate David Hayes, and Cider also features playing and vocals by Gwyneth's Quartet bandmates.

Steven Bates on guitars, mandolin and vocals: leader of the Steven Bates Band, a favorite in clubs from Hollywood to his hometown on the Mendocino Coast, Steven is in-demand for dozens of performances every year. Steven is also a veteran of many studio sessions with producers such as Bill Bottrell and Calvin Turnbull and with musicians all along the West Coast.

Gene Parsons
Gwyneth Moreland

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Steven Bates
David Hayes

And, together, they are The Mendocino Quartet!


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