Jessie Rae performs in a variety of settings and is often accompanied by excellent musicians. Here are just some of them..
Joan M. Meyer - Singer/songwriter, guitar, bass, keyboards
A Portland native, Joan discovered her musical calling in the hand-me-down albums of her three older sisters. Sly and the Family Stone, Bob Dylan, and piles of 60s and 70s rock records stoked Joan’s musical fire. She dabbled in many genres over the years playing with the all-women 80s band TranSister, and Lonesome Taxi and Oversol in the 90s, before evolving naturally into the indie, singer/songwriter that she embodies today.
Lauren G. Semler - Guitar, bass, backup vocals
Lauren Semler plays guitar and sings backup. Originally from the Midwest, Lauren brings deep “roots” to the band. He played R&B, soul, reggae, blues and rock with Shakabuku before joining Jessie Rae. Lauren also played a key role in co-producing and co-writing three songs on the Blue Funk album.
Jim Bronson - Guitar
Jim Bronson is originally from the Boston area, but has been performing in the Northwest since the mid-80's. With a wealth of musical experience from rhythm & blues and rock & roll to country, folk and jazz, look for Jim to serve up a variety of styles with an original flair. Check him out at jimbronsonband.com.
Wendy Coburn - Vocals, percussion
Wendy played drums with an all-women country band called Ann Jones and The Sweet Hearts when she was just 16 years old. She also performed with Mark Knight & Software for over 15 years. Wendy contributes percussion and vocals to the Jessie Rae sound. Previously she was the owner of Kebobs Bento & Espresso Drive-Thru in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver, Washington but now lives large in the Las Vegas area.
David Duffield - Blues Cornet, Flugelhorn
David Duffield's soulful contributions on cornet and flugelhorn lend a colorful taste of blues tradition harkening back to Louis Armstrong and Bix Biederbecke. Duffy's sound is inspired by his mentor,hero and close friend, Wayne Jackson of the legendary MEMPHIS HORNS. Duffield (aka: Duffy) performs with the Pagan JugBand the Reverb Brothers. He also plays with KC Brass & Electric.
Dave Rosenberg - Bass
Dave Rosenberg is originally from Buffalo, New York but he is also a stage and studio veteran who has played extensively in the Boston and Nashville music scenes. He never ceases to amaze. Rosenberg has performed with guitarist and grammy contender Leah Zicari as well as in New York's Grateful Dead tribute band The Maniacs.
John Walsh - Percussion, Backup Vocals
John Walsh plays percussion and sings backup. He hails from the East Coast having played in reggae band Jahruba and the Street People. John provides the rich vocal harmonies and percussive rhythms to the Jessie Rae Sound.
Ken Woodside - Drums
Ken Woodside is from the Portland area and can play everything from punk to country. He has played with such acts as Shorty and the Mustangs, Billy Kennedy, Little Sue, Lynn Conover, Jim Boyer, David Lipkind and more. He is rock steady and has some serious chops.
Koko Lauren - Mascot
Jessie Rae has been playing music since 1998, and Koko has been putting up with the Jessie Rae sound all his life since 2002. He is our good friend and best buddy.