Walt Richards and Paula Strong formed Trails & Rails to combine their Western history interests with their love of cowboy and train songs. They have performed together for over 25 years in various formats, including the instrumental group Mandolin Madness. The San Diego duo has performed extensively in the Southwest and has been featured at many Western festivals and events, including the Cody Stampede, the Wild West Fest at Calico Ghost Town, and the Tombstone Western Music Festival. Winners of the 2005 Western Music Association’s Duo Harmony competition, Walt and Paula have recently been expanding their performing repertoire to include 19th and 20th century popular and folk tunes.
Encouraged by the resurgence of acoustic music, guitarist singer Mark Miller and singer mandolin player Randy Hanson formed MohaviSoul in 2012 to create a new sound in Americana and bluegrass music with a mix of originals and unique covers. Based in San Diego, the band blends a variety of sounds, including bluegrass, Americana, folk, soulful ballads, storytelling, and gypsy jazz and can be heard playing festivals, clubs, private events, and radio shows throughout California and Nevada. Their first two CDS earned local and national accolades, and they are in the creative phase for a third. Momentum is growing for the band with unique brand of music that reaches out to fans across the United States, Europe, Latin America, Australia, and Asia.