Broken Compass Bluegrass

Broken Compass Bluegrass
Broken Compass Bluegrass Band Photo by Juli Marks

Broken Compass Bluegrass

Broken Compass Bluegrass Center for the Arts Photo by Beau Askew
Broken Compass Bluegrass Photo by Juli Marks
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Emerging as a band in 2021, Broken Compass Bluegrass has already been recognized for their tight arrangements, tasteful playing, and distinguished songwriting. The band performs a mix of jamgrass, bluegrass, country, and Grateful Dead material, among numerous originals.

Based in northern California, Broken Compass Bluegrass includes Kyle Ledson (20), Django Ruckrich (18), Mei Lin Heirendt (16), and Sam Jacobs (27). Though still mostly teenagers, they are no strangers to the music industry. All four are seasoned performers, multi-instrumentalists, songwriters, and singers and have established themselves as some of California’s most prominent up-and-coming youth. Now coming together as a band, they are a fresh force in the music scene today.

Before joining together as Broken Compass, Kyle, Django, and Mei Lin released albums separately. Left It All Behind is Kyle’s newest solo album featuring his shredding mandolin and guitar licks, impeccable vocals, and clever songwriting. Produced by Nat Keefe, the album includes members of Yonder Mountain String Band, ALO, and Hot Buttered Rum. Django and his dad, Phil, put out Gravity, an EP of original material produced by Joe Craven. Listeners can expect to hear Django’s exceptional guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, fiddle, piano, bass, and vocal skills. With her other band, Boston Ravine, Mei Lin released Ragged Road highlighting special guests including Adam Haynes (The Grascals), Pete Grant, and Kathy Barwick. The album displays her heartfelt singing and original songs as well as her thoughtful fiddle and mandolin playing.

Past Performances:  1849 Brewing Co (Grass Valley) | Nevada City Summer Nights | Miner's Foundry Cultural Center (Nevada City) | The Buckhorn (Sierra City) | Deer Creek Music Festival (Nevada City) | Wild Eye Pub (Grass Valley) | Camptonville Community Center | Party in the Park (Auburn) | KZFR 90.1 Community Radio Livestream (Chico) | Ruhstaller Farm with special guest Joe Craven (Dixon) | The Pour Choice (Auburn) | The Back Room (Berkeley) | Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill with special guest Ben Kaufmann (Nevada City) | Tahoe Tap Haus (Tahoe City) | Center for the Arts (Grass Valley) | Sierra Pines Resort (Sierra City) | Berkeley Horticulture Center (Berkeley) | SacYard Community Tap House (Sacramento) | Gold Vibe Kombuchary (Nevada City) | The Commons (Chico) | Sutter Theater (Yuba City) | Berryessa Brewing Co (Winters) | Alibi Ale Works (Incline Village | Willow's Street Fair (Willows) | Alibi Ale Works (Truckee) | La Salles (Chico) | Moe's Original BBQ (Tahoe City) | The City Plaza (Chico) | Northstar (Truckee) | Oberons (Ashland) | Northwest String Summit (North Planes) | Big BLUEgrass Festival (Tahoma) | Jerry Bash (Nevada City) | Yuba Theatre (Downieville) | Tahoe Backyard (Kings Beach) | Kentucky Mine (Sierra City) | Tap & Vine (Auburn) | Camp Deep End (Navarro) | Secret Trail Brewing Co. (Chico)

Broken Compass Bluegrass