The Rocky Mountain bluegrass group Kane's River first consisted of Jerry Nettuno on mandolin, John Lowell on guitar, and Dave Thompson on bass. Banjo player Julie Elkins was added to the band later to round things out. All four talented members add harmonizing vocals and help out with the job of songwriting.
Kane's River formed in 1994, in Bozeman, MT. The act originally used the name Deep River -- and seems to still use it at times, though the band's record label list them as Kane's River. After gaining a few years of experience by performing at bluegrass festivals, the band, using the Deep River name, released a debut album, The Cottonwood, in 1997. This first offering earned a number of good reviews for the foursome.
Showcasing both contemporary and classic style bluegrass flavored with a touch of folk, the band began gaining notice and was one of the selected acts invited to perform at the Louisville, KY, International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass Festival in 2000. That same year, Kane's River, working with producer Tim Austin under the Doobie Shea Records label, recorded a self-titled sophomore album that carries tracks like "All That's Left for Me," "Talk to God," "Sea of South Dakota," and "Pray for Rain." ~ Charlotte Dillon