Phil Salazar & the Kin Folk of the most popular bluegrass bands in Southern California.
We mix traditional and original music with bluegrass, rock, blues, country, jazz, Irish and pop.
“ BOB WEIR (Greateful Dead) incorporated Phil Salazar, who never met a tune he couldn’t instantly enhance. ”
— — D. J. Palladino, Santa Barbara Independent
“I’ve been listening to your Cd the last couple of days. Excellent playing and choice of material. I’m so jaded in my old age and rarely comment on any new music I hear. This is a great Cd and you’re fiddle and mandolin playing is spot on! Nice arrangements too.”
— Chris Hillman – founding member The Byrds and Desert Rose Band
“There was a whole lot of plucking going on when PHIL SALAZAR and the KIN FOLK took the Santa Paula Theater Center stage for a rousing night of ‘folk fusion’ music. Together for 33 years, the merry band not only brings flawless skills to the stage but packages its programs with the kind of camaraderie that makes for very easy listening. The result is a happy blend of good fun and very good music. Rita Moran”
— Rita Moran – Freelance Writer – 11/21/17
“PHIL SALAZAR and the KIN FOLK put on a terrific show of bluegrass, combined with their own beautiful renditions of unusual covers and originals. The show included a multi-fiddle version of an Allman Brothers tune, showcasing the band’s individual talents in a truly remarkable way. We’re already planning to book them again!”
— –Nick Smith – Pasadena Folk Music Society – 4/15/17
“The Coffee Gallery Backstage was fortunate to headline PHIL SALAZAR and the KINFOLK. The response from my customers was delightful and was the best attendance of the year. Their performance and creativity is very unique, arrangements that worked and a top-notch show that left the audience completely satisfied and ready for their return. This is a talented crew. Grab them up. I have, several times….. ”
— Bob Stane, The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Altadena/Pasadena, CA.
“You were the best… It was awesome! People loved you guys”
— Director, Jonas Richardson, The Red Barn Concerts, San Luis Obispo, CA.
“In BOB WEIR’S (Greateful Dead) 2nd set, Phil Salazar joined the ranks, who proved himself fluent in the delicate balancing act of soloing without overtly soloing and seizing the spotlight, and folding into the morphing ensemble grove and simmer. That elasticity factor was especially in play on the classic “Dark Star/The Other One”.”
— Josef Wordard, Santa Barbara News Press
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