Montana Slim String Band
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Montana Slim String Band

San Francisco, California, United States

San Francisco, California, United States
Band Country Bluegrass


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"San Francisco Free Folk Festival"

"No, this is not the yodeling Montana Slim from Canada. These are five young light-hearted, nimble fingered, Jerry Garcia-lovers forging their own dynamic version of the terminally laid-back California newgrass sound. Lump them in the jamgrass bin if you insist. They do have the bright, bouncy carefree rhythm and high, reedy harmonies down pat. And the flower-in-their-hair hair dervishes will want to twirl all night too. I suspect there will be boogying in the aisles. But unlike many of their jamgrass comrades, there’s ample payoff for those who want sit back and admire their sophisticated original song structures and outstanding musicianship. They’ll have music lovers of all stripes grinning and shimmying." - San Francisco Free Folk Festival - SFFFF

"No Hannah Montana"

"No this isn't the annoying daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus - different Montana all together. This is a fast picking, good time having bluegrass band from San Francisco." - The Source Weekly

"Shelby Ash"

"MONTANA SLIM are the new kids on the block of bluegrass. They are young, fresh and smokin' hot. They are bluegrass based, but toss in the jam whenever they can." -Shelby Ash of Shelby Ash Presents - Shelby Ash Presents

"Northwest String Summit 2009"

"On my way back to camp, I caught some of Montana Slim raging at the bottom of the hill that led to Camp Turtle. A band competition entry, they held down this spot every night of the festival and threw a hell of a party. Serious props for keeping us moving across that gravel, and making those late night trips to the Honey Buckets less painful. Tenacious troubadours from San Francisco with snappy rhythms that inspired some delightfully dirty dancing, they won over several new fans before the weekend was over. Their ripping take on ""I Know You Rider" left me ready to recharge, looking forward to a leisurely day before Friday night's madness" Sarah Hagerman - JamBase

"This ain't no "jamgrass""

"A lone mandolin announces their arrival. Like much of the full-length debut from the Montana Slim String Band, it's a classically high lonesome sound adapted to something quite non-Bill Monroe. While the pluck and snap of the instruments harks back to a fine lineage of mountain music and bluegrass, there's subtle modernity to their tales, appealing boy-girl harmonies and nuanced playing. Montana Slim is a direct descendent of fellow S.F. region granddaddies Old And In The Way, and they exude a similar love for good songs played with open feeling and strong sincerity. From the remodeled sea shanty that begins this 11-track song cycle to the speedily picked ode to love's intoxicating fullness that closes the collection, Slim Pickins encapsulates a very pure string band aesthetic that's likely to flip the wig of anyone into Hot Buttered Rum, Chatham County Line and other contemporaries. But like these peers, there's a personal thread stitched into the traditional vibe, a line of color that emerges in pockets and accents that stray off the beaten path. This ain't no "jam-grass" but it's clear there's plenty going on upstairs in this classy, strongly musical ensemble that I think Mother Maybelle would have loved."-Dennis Cook, Jambase - JamBase


Montana Slim - EP - January 2007
Montana Slim String Band - Slim Pickins - August 2008



Montana Slim String Band is an emerging newgrass string band from San Francisco. Combining diverse musical backgrounds and influences, they have succeeded in creating a sound all their own. Built upon envigorating live performances, peppered with melodic fiddle, mandolin and acoustic guitar improvisation, Montana Slim will have the dance floor swaying. Passionate vocal harmonies, reflective lyrical tales, and solid foundational bass rhythms can all be found in Montana Slim's origninal youthful interpretation of bluegrass.