A living legend of California Bluegrass
Phil has been a performer since the day he was born in Ventura, California, when he crawled around the stage of his father’s symphony. He has been playing the violin since he was 5 years old. At the age of 14, he heard and began to play blues and rock fiddle, rebelling against his classical roots.
In his late teens, he began playing a number of genres and has since played with some of the best from each one: rock (Bob Weir, Kenny Loggins, Jimmy Buffett), blues (Nick Gravenites, Pete Sears, Steve Miller), bluegrass (John McEuen, Nick Forster, Peter Wernick), country (Kix Brooks, Zac Brown), folk (Kate Wolf, Jay Ungar), Cajun (Mark Savoy, Steve Riley), Irish (Kevin Burke), and jazz (Bruce Forman, Shelly Burg).
In 1984, Phil started The Phil Salazar Band. Over the last 35 years, the band has become like family and is now called Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk. They have recorded 7 albums, two for the legendary Flying Fish Records, and currently have two on the way, “All That! For This?” and “Acoustic Jam.” Due to their incredible acoustic diversity, they have become fan favorites at concerts and festivals up and down the West Coast, such as Live Oak Music Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Huck Finn Jubilee, Wintergrass, Kate Wolf Music Festival, California Bluegrass Association Festival, Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, and more.
guitarist/dobroist/accordionist is a musician extraordinaire, he has tours with Jeff Bridges’ band, The Abiders, for many years. He’s highly in demand for recording and stage work.
student of Phil’s who is pursuing her doctorate by day and playing with the Kin Folk by night. She triples the IQ of the band when she walks on stage. Like Phil, she’s a classical violinist gone bad who is learning how to play like a true fiddler.
mandolinist/guitarist/vocalist and the funniest guy on stage. 2011 Kerrville New Folk Songwriter Finalist and a 2012 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour who has toured with John McEuen and Robin and Linda Williams.
banjoist/guitarist/vocalist is Internationally known banjo player, he has played with almost everybody and has taught the rest. He was a nationally featured player with Doc Severinsen’s touring Las Vegas show.
is an amazing bassist is an amazing bass player who has never played a note that Phil didn’t like! ! He’s a top player in Santa Barbara County and has been playing with Phil since 1984.
“BOB WEIR (Greateful Dead) incorporated Phil Salazar, who never met a tune he couldn’t instantly enhance.”
~ D. J. Palladino, Santa Barbara Independent
“One of the living legends of California Bluegrass!”
~ The California Bluegrass Association
“I’ve been listening to your great Cd the last couple of days. Excellent playing and choice of material and you’re fiddle playing is spot on!”
~ Chris Hillman – founding member The Byrds and Desert Rose Band
“You can tell from the first note this band is going to be special, and it features PHIL SALAZAR’S fiddle. …together for 35 years their cohesive tunes are top-notch.”
~ California Bluegrass Association – Brenda Hough
“…just finished listening to your new cd…really organic and good. Fantastic job philly!”
~ Gilles Apap
“You were the best… It was awesome! People loved you guys.”
~ Director, Jonas Richardson, The Red Barn Concerts, San Luis Obispo, CA
“PHIL SALAZAR and the KIN FOLK are supremely talented and a joy to watch. They are just so damn good! We and our audience loved them!”
~ Russ & Julie of Russ & Julie’s House Concerts
“PHIL SALAZAR and the KIN FOLK… for a rousing night of ‘folk fusion.” The band not only brings flawless skills to the stage but it has kind of camaraderie that makes for very easy listening.”
~ Rita Moran – Freelance Writer
“PHIL SALAZAR and the KIN FOLK put on a terrific show of bluegrass, combined with their own beautiful renditions of covers and originals. We’re planning to book them again!”
~ Nick Smith – Pasadena Folk Music Society