In 2013 I was invited to live at Deep End Ranch, a working citrus farm in Ventura County, to help David Bunn launch his project Deep End Sessions. Musicians travel from all of the country to give intimate private house concerts to a welcoming audience of Southern California artists, locals and farmers. I spent close to two years at the ranch in Santa Paula, and I still work with the film crew who make these music films. Included below are highlights of the concert films showcasing the finest old-time & regional roots musicians in North America.
"Here’s some home-made acoustic music in the old-time tradition, recorded in the living room of a California farm house we call 'the lodge.' Built in 1908, the old wooden walls, beamed celling and old rugs of the living room seem to have some rather wonderful sonic characteristics. We think you will agree.
Just north of Los Angeles, at Deep End Ranch in the middle of a lemon farm, we’re gathering a collection of old-time music from some of the finest musicians today in the tradition.
The old-time music presented here isn’t your parent’s version of the genre, exactly. While it’s practitioners are fully steeped in the tradition and conscious of being keepers of the flame, they offer new arrangements of traditional tunes, new contexts for rare and authentic tunes, and their own compositions in keeping with tradition stretching back into 18th and 19th century America. These musicians are part of a contextual shift acknowledging that this music not only comes from a rural base, but now finds itself squarely in the middle of urban popular culture as well." - David Bunn, Director
The LA Times on Deep End Sessions, "a warm space that is all about community...something special."