Emerging from the music scene of the San Francisco Bay Area, these four talented musicians crossed paths in 2017 through the common thread of the Northern California bluegrass community. From their first meeting they knew the music they could create would be special, and in their four years together they have continued to grow not only musically, but as close friends, adding their distinctive style to the ever evolving West Coast bluegrass sound.
While their music is steeped in the time-honored Northern California bluegrass tradition, The High Water Line is not afraid to break the rules and explore whatever music inspires them. These four talented musicians reach into the music of country, soul, swing, and blues, creating clever arrangements and a unique sound that’s all their own.
Their line-up features Jim Toggweiler’s grooving and unconventional electric bass style, TJ Carskadon’s hard-hitting and steadfast mandolin, Tyler Stegall’s driving and colorful banjo licks, and Clare Armenante’s swinging and melodic fiddle playing. Further adding to the energy of their performances are their dynamic vocals, with every member changing lead and harmony roles for varied arrangements. The High Water Line gives new life to old bluegrass standards; offers refreshing approaches to more modern country and bluegrass numbers; and writes heartfelt and compelling originals.