Calaveras. It's a little river with a melodious name that runs down through the rolling Sierra foothills to the central valley delta and on to the San Francisco Bay. It's the Spanish word for "skulls." It's a folk trio from the Bay Area that tries to keep its music honest, organic and challenging.

Their songs have captured the Kerrville New Folk prize, the Napa Valley Emerging songwriter award, the West Coast Songwriter's Association Song of the Year honors and have appeared in TV and movies.

Their live show is a mix of Victoria's soaring vocals on pure folk ballads and sultry jazz-fusion torch songs, Greg's energetic and insightful musical treatments of birth, death and everthing in between, and Dave's constantly creative lead-guitar commentary.

Their most recent album, Ready to Fy, which has won widespread critical acclaim, was produced by Teresa Trull and created with great west coast session players Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Stef Burns, Paul Van Wageningen and others. Their next CD is in the works and should be ready for release later this year.

Their hope is that the music will speak for itself.

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