Maybe the snow hasn’t arrived but a New Monsoon is blowing into town.
A San Francisco jam band with a loyal Tahoe following, New Monsoon recently released its first live album since 2004.
A double CD, “New Monsoon Live” was recorded during a three-night engagement in Texas last September. The lineup is drummer Sean Hutchinson, bassist Marshall Harrell and founding members Bo Carper, Jeff Miller and Phil “the Pianimal” Ferlino, New Monsoon Live captures the band reaching one of their highest emotional, technical, and musical peaks.
New Monsoon was conceived when Penn State friends Carper and Miller reconnected in California.
Carper was living in Bolinas in 1997, a stormy El Nino year. He would team up with Miller to play in an acoustic duo in San Francisco. Carper would often describe the coastal weather as a “new monsoon,” and a band name was born.
During the recording of the band's first album "Hydrophonic" in early 2001, the band tapped long-time friend Ferlino for keyboard tracks. Blown away by the project, Ferlino immediately moved to San Francisco and joined the band on-stage at the 2001 High Sierra Music Festival.
New Monsoon steadily added musicians and started to gain national recognition in 2003 and 2004. The band members have been full-time musicians ever since.