Rick Bartow & the Backseat Drivers are a 4 piece, folk-rock-gospel group, consisting of Rick Bartow (lead singer/songwriter, slide guitar), Barbara Lee Turrill (lead & rhythm guitar, resonator mandolin, backup vocals), Gib Bernhardt (bass) and Evan Peterson (drums). They are the house band at Cafe Mundo in Newport and play there most Saturday nights, from 7 - 11:00 pm.
Rick Bartow, who is internationally known as a visual artist, has also performed as a blues and folk musician for most of his life. He has four recordings available (usually for sale during gigs), the latest one titled "Dry Ground," with most of the current band members.
The band was honored to be asked to perform at the National Museum of the American Indian in the Fall of 2012, when Rick's sculpture, "We Have Always Been Here" was installed on the museum grounds. This Fall, the band will be playing at Sisters Folk Festival in Sisters, Oregon (Sept. 6, 7 & 8).
Saturday nights are holy at Cafe Mundo, where Rick Bartow & the Backseat Drivers celebrate the miracle of good old rock and roll, infused with swing, blues and a bit of down home gospel.
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