The Raisin Pickers
"Four musicians who understand completely where traditional music comes from and what their role is in carrying it forward." -Matt Watroba-WDET
For over 25 years, the Manchester, Michigan based string band The Raisin Pickers has cultivated a loyal following with its deft mix of rustic Appalachian music, old time swing, bluegrass, and swamp driven Louisiana sounds. Carol Wells Palms (bass, fiddle, vocals) a classically trained bass player who captures the heart of traditional music without letting go of high musical standards. Mark Palms (banjo, guitar, accordion vocals) a self-taught musician who chases the heritage of traditional music by studying banjo knee-to-knee with old-time legends and gathering up field recordings from Louisiana to West Africa. David Mosher (mandolin, fiddle, guitar, vocals), one of southeast Michigan's most in-demand side men who carries a half-dozen instruments and follows his sense of aural aesthetics where they lead, be it writing songs, producing recordings or finding a bird in the woods by its call. Billy King (electric guitar) his versatility as a multi-genre singer-songwriter is matched by his ability on a wide range of instruments. As an engaging performer Billy delivers a high-energy sound with lightness, dynamics, and sincerity.