A native of Southern California, Tom Sauber is an internationally known master musician. Fluent in a variety of styles, Tom is a multi-instrumentalist (banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin) and a compelling singer. In the more than 40 years that Tom has devoted to playing traditional music, he has performed with many of the leading figures of traditional American music. He is particularly known for his long partnerships with Oklahoma fiddler, Earl Collins and Round Peak banjo picker, Eddie Lowe. Tom has played for many years with Brad Leftwich and Alice Gerrard as Tom, Brad and Alice. He’s played in Bluegrass bands with Byron Berline, John Hickman and Alan Munde and in Cajun bands with Jo-el Sonnier, Joe Simien and Wilfred Latour. In addition, Tom brought traditional music to the film industry with Ry Cooder and David Lindley in the western, "The Long Riders".
One of the few harmonica players schooled in the melodic and rhythmic intricacies of Southern string band music, Mark Graham plays in a powerful but lyrical, blues tinged style that recalls the feel of the finest banjo and fiddle playing. With over 35 years of harmonicizing, Graham has gained an encyclopedic knowledge of American country and blues styles that caused Kim Field, author of “Harmonicas, Harps and Heavy Breathers” to call Graham “a walking gold mine of harmonica lore” and the Old- Time Herald to name him “one of the pre-eminent harmonica players blowing today”. The song writing of Mark Graham is a singular universe of surreal mountain hilarity and lonesome terror that covers the big subjects: The Creation of the Universe, Natural Science, Mathematics, Food, Greed, Eternal Doom and Festival Love. An evening with The Brainstormers will satisfy your mind and blow your troubles away.
Patrick Sauber has packed a lifetime of music into his 25 years. His musical mentors include old-time greats Eddie Lowe and Mel Durham as well as his dad, Tom. Patrick’s fiery and inventive guitar, banjo, mandolin and accordion playing along with his fine harmony singing have made him welcome on stage with Doc Watson, Laurie Lewis, Clint Howard and Dan Crary. Christopher Guest made Pat a cast member of the smash hit movie comedy “A Mighty Wind”.