Is a songwriter, guitarist, and writer. She was born and raised in Port Townsend, where she developed the feel and content for many of her songs. She writes about stuff she goes through, but also makes things up.
Music and science have always been part of Dirk's life, but with music more as a hobby as he began his career as a scientist. He started with guitar, then added bass and piano—playing a variety of styles, from bluegrass to blues, swing and jazz. When he and his wife moved to Port Townsend in 2005, he turned to his music. These days he plays with various local jazz groups and from time to time does studio work. On Rainshadow he plays electric and acoustic bass flawlessly on The Sea Is A Harlot, Every Once In A While, I Know You, Dear Jane, My State Of Mind, Go With Me, Listen To The Wind, You And I, Lemongrass, and Reckless Moon. On Lightning he played on Bracing For The Weather.
Meg and Julie Barnes grew up in New York, listening to music live and otherwise whenever possible. They now live in Port Townsend Washington and enjoy playing, harmonizing and covering songs, songs, and ever more songs. On Rainshadow they harmonized on Dear Jane, and Meg wrote the last few words: “Never goin’ home again.”
Earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Western Washington University and is a Licensed Veterinary Technician. When she’s not working she sings in an a cappella group. She lends her sweet harmonies to The Sea Is A Harlot and My State Of Mind on Rainshadow, and Call Your Name on Lightning.
Was born in Connecticut then moved to Mississippi when he was 18 and got his first real gig playing harmonica on a biographical production for television about the life of Johnny Cash. He traveled around the United States playing harmonica, mandolin, and violin—eventually finding himself in the Port Townsend area, where he plays with several bands including the R&B/Zydeco band, The Delta Rays with George Radebaugh. On Rainshadow he contributes his extensive talents via mandolin on Time Is So Precious and fiddle on Listen To The Wind. On Lightning he plays violin and mandolin on Bracing For The Weather and violin on Broken Hearted.
Port Townsend composer, actor, graphic designer and native, Chris grew up making music with his family and has had many of his compositions distributed worldwide. He provided "chamber string" parts to Jeremy and Reckless Moon on Rainshadow. He is Elaine's brother.
Is a working Psychologist with Veterans Hospital in Seattle. He has played guitar and viola since childhood and he also sings. Since their youth, he has taught many guitar riffs and chords to his sister, Elaine. On Rainshadow he sings and plays guitar on Yesterday Is All I Want, by Ron Davies.
Tim Hawley is Elaine’s brother. He started playing stand-up bass at about eight years old and always layed down a solid rhythm in the family music sessions. Tim can sit in anywhere, hold the beat and embellish with great enthusiasm and precision. On Lightning his talent can be heard in Call Your Name.
Lyin' Brian Johnson
Who is LBJ? LBJ Is a simple man born in the outskirts of LA on the corner of fifth and vermouth where his parents aunts and uncles all lived in a 600 sq. ft shack... His love for music started at the young age of five. Elaine was honored to capture his amazing and insightful riffs on Lightning.
Native Port Townsend singer/songwriter/acoustic guitar player, she has been playing and writing songs since her youth. On Rainshadow she lends her superb talent for harmonies to Jeremy and Every Once In A While.
A Southern California native, Loose Logic is a true west coast emcee. He has opened for and performed with hip hop royalty that includes Mos Def, Too $hort, DMX, PitBull, KRS-1, DJ Quik, Yin Yang Twins, Strong Arm Steady, Evidence, and numerous others. He has collaborations with JL of B Hood, Jadakiss and Grammy award winners Jay Rock and RBX. Logic has won the All Access Magazine Music Award for Best Hip Hop Artist of the Year, the O. C. Music Award for Best Urban Artist of the Year, and an American Marijuana Music Award (AMMA). On Lightning, Little Flowers, the song and the video, wouldn’t be Little Flowers without his edgy, passionate plea to Stop FGM.
Born and raised in Dallas County, Texas, when ‘Ma Brand's’ and ‘Panther Hall’ were the big country music roadhouses, Dave always liked the steel guitar, and had lots of opportunities to hear good players. He started playing steel around 1970, and since then has very capably taken steel playing into pop, jazz, latin, swing, rockabilly and anything that caught his ear. His appreciation of songwriting and enthusiasm for his craft are apparent in My State Of Mind on Rainshadow. On Lightning he played on Call Your Name.
Has been playing cello for over four decades in various genres: classical, historical performance, contra dance, swing, jazz, and more. Fred is Co-Director of the Port Townsend Family Orchestra, and exhibits his talents on Jeremy and Reckless Moon on Rainshadow.
Studied violin and chamber music with Irv Eisenberg of the Philadelphia String Quartet. Praised for her clear and singing tone, she has performed with chamber orchestras, string quartets, and a Mariachi band in venues from the United States to Germany, and as the fiddler-in-residence on tall ship voyages on the East and West coasts. She currently plays contemporary chamber jazz with the band Confluence. Victoria is a certified Suzuki instructor and teaches and performs in the Puget Sound area. On Rainshadow she plays violin beautifully on Jeremy and Reckless Moon.
Has been playing keyboards, accordion, piano and organ for more than thirty years. After completing a music degree at the University of California Santa Barbara, he moved to the Pacific Northwest and started playing with many local area groups. He has backed up the Coasters and the Diamonds among other excellent bands. He currently plays jazz in the Chuck Easton Sextet. He plays accordion with local bands including The Delta Rays, and a fiddle/accordion duo, The Alternators with Peter Evasick. He also performs solo. On Rainshadow George contributed accordion to Time Is So Precious and Listen To The Wind; organ to The Sea Is A Harlot and You And I; and piano to Every Once In A While. On Lightning he played Roland on Bracing For The Weather.
Has been playing music since his early years in the Bronx, NY. His love of music blossomed early, expanded and, in 1996, grew into an active role in the music scene in Port Townsend, Washington. George and Lindsay Hamilton are the owners of Toolshed Sound Lab in Port Townsend. George recorded and co-produced Rainshadow, and plays electric guitar on: Every Once in a While, Dear Jane, My State of Mind, Lemongrass, Go With Me and Reckless Moon on it. He lends his vocal harmonies to I Know You and Go With Me. Lindsay also sang harmony on Go With Me.
Bort Schrader engineered and produced Lightning… He spent his early years (1977-1999) playing music in the San Fransisco Bay area where he played in bands such as Emerald, The Kynd, LJ and the Badness, Bad Boys and Big Trouble amongst others… He sings, plays piano, guitar, bass, drums and any other instrument needed to make the music he’s producing sound amazing. He moved Sound Source Studios to Oceanside in 1999. Bort played on every song for Lightning, lending his talent on guitar, bass, drums and keys…
Kristin Forssen Smith
Has a performance degree from the University of Montana and played in the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for a decade. Then she came to Port Townsend to build a boat. She teaches violin and viola in studio, and string classes at various schools. She is concertmaster of the Port Townsend Community Orchestra and principal second violin and personnel manager for the Port Angeles Symphony. She has played with the Port Townsend String Quartet since its inception in 1984. On Rainshadow she played viola on Jeremy and Reckless Moon.
Richie Strell studied advanced harmonica technique with Nashville’s renowned T.J. Klay and studied song writing under Nashville’s great Hugh Prestwood. Although influenced by Bob Dylan and the Chicago Blues, Richie fell into the bluegrass music scene when he joined the Thursday Night Pickers in Encinitas California in 2007. Richie and his bandmates JT Moring and Annie Rettic created Americana music band Gemini Junction in 2012. In 2015 Richie won the Best New Harmonica Player award at the Annual Spring Harmonica Festival in La Mesa California. He played there the following year, opening for harmonica master Lee Oskar. Richie creates a sultry backdrop on Lightning’s, Never Let You Go.
Brings more than 40 years experience to the project. Comfortable in a wide range of musical styles, Tom’s versatility and creative approach keep him in constant demand throughout the Puget Sound Region. He's played with several blues greats including Charlie Musselwhite and Albert Collins, and as a lifelong student of the drums, he includes fusion, latin, and jazz elements in his drumming style. Currently, Tom lives on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. His talent and versatility are manifest on Rainshadow in The Sea Is A Harlot, Dear Jane, Go With Me, Lemongrass, and Jeremy. And on Lightning, Call Your Name.