"Palisade Party Grass"
The Still House String Band plays original tunes and covers with roots in bluegrass, Americana, and and touch of jam band. Based out of Palisade, with a talented group of musicians from across Western Colorado, our eclectic mix of songs has earned us a loyal following on the West Slope and beyond. Our fans enjoy our unpredictable shows, gravity-defying solos, and love of a good time. Learn about the band members and their musical journeys below.
After deciding that traveling and music was more interesting than an education, he bought a guitar, got a dog and hit the road. From busking college campuses all over the country to living in the hills of Humboldt County California he made his way to the high desert peach capital paradise of Palisade, Colorado. Spending time in local watering holes, he became one of the many talented local musicians that frequented the weekly jams, until he started the nonprofit Thursdays at the Peach Street Distillery. From the many Thursdays playing with friends in the tasting room, the Still House String Band was formed and has been Palisade's party grass band ever since.
At the end of Clinton's senior year of High School he found the tablature for Duelling Banjos in a music store. He purchased that sheet music and went home to dig out the dusty old banjo that his mother had given to his father when they were dating. That summer was spent learning bluegrass and fiddle tunes, and listening to his heroes like Bela, Earl, Ralph, Yonder Mountain String Band, Hot Rize, The String Cheese Incident, and smoking pure Texas swag. Clinton moved to Gunnison Colorado in 2002 and eventually formed The Clingtones that melted faces until 2006 when Clinton began traveling the country. Upon returning to Colorado in 2012 Clinton joined the Duck Pond in Denver and later formed The Bluegrass Offenders in Grand Junction. Clinton is an alumni of the first ever Bela Fleck Blueridge Banjo Camp and Vol. 2 of the same camp. Clinton finds his voice in single string, driving bluegrass backing rolls, and the use of effects on his Scott Vestal Stealth Banjo. His Banjo playing combined with his vocal prowess and song writing help shape the bands unique sound.
Kyle Elliot is a Midwest boy in a ski jumpers life. The high lonesome sounds of Bill Monroe drew Kyle to the eight string mandolin and trapped him inside its f-hole. Kyle has traveled all over the country ski jumping and playing music but has found himself living in Palisade where he met up with the Still House String Band. He can chop and pick just as fast as the best of them and many times plays so good that he literally elevates off the stage. If Sam Bush and Drew Emmitt had a love child, it would be Kyle Lockhart.
Kyle Elliot began playing music before he could drive. Growing up in Fruita, Colorado he has played with every bluegrass musician in the Grand Valley at some point or another. Whether its guitar, bass or banjo Kyle can rip them all, but he eventually found his way to the buttery smooth sounds of the resophonic guitar (dobro). When you hear Kyle's playing you will think that you died and went to Jerry Douglas Heaven. All Hail the King of Meme's!
More than 50 years ago, Ben got his start as a bass player after realizing that bass was way cooler than saxophone, his first instrument. He started playing in a series of really bad rock and roll bands in junior high school (they eventually got better). While in college, he broadened his horizons to include traditional jazz and hardcore fusion music. He left college for a few years to study double bass and to go on the road playing Western swing music and gypsy jazz, touring colleges and clubs along the eastern seaboard and the midwest. Later in life, he went on to play all kinds of music, including more rock and roll, Motown and soul, and blues. After moving to Western Colorado he went to see the Still House String Band in Palisade, asked to sit in, and has been part of the band ever since.