ABOUT NEW MONSOON:
San Francisco eclectic rock/jam group New Monsoon is the collaborative vehicle lead by founding members Bo Carper (acoustic guitar and banjo), Jeff Miller (electric guitar) and Phil Ferlino (keyboards). Most recently the band has recruited the SF Bay Area powerhouse rhythm section of Mark “Murph” Murphy (Bass) and Dale Fanning (Drums).
For nearly two decades, New Monsoon has been performing at major music festivals and premier venues throughout the US. Having shared the stage with heavyweight guests such as Mike Stern (Miles Davis, etc), the late, great Martin Fierro (Zero, Legion of Mary), Steve Kimock, and Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), to name a few. They’ve toured nationally with String Cheese Incident, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Umphrey’s McGee (Big Summer Classic Tour), supported Moe, The Wailers, etc. and are a featured headliner in venues such as the Fillmore (SF), Gothic Theater (Denver), and the Warehouse (Houston). They have been favorites of the festival circuit including marquee festivals like Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Langerado, High Sierra, Telluride Bluegrass, Austin City Limits and many others.
The band’s quality associations continue with their recorded output. 2007’s “V” was produced by Grateful Dead sound engineer John Cutler, and 2005’s “The Sound” was produced by original Santana drummer Michael Shrieve and Paul Kimble (Grant Lee Buffalo, Luna). They’ve also released several other studio albums including “Diamonds and Clay” (recorded at Bob Weir’s TRI studio) and live releases “Live at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival” and “New Monsoon Live”, a double-cd set recorded over a three night run in Texas and featuring tunes from all eras of the band’s deep catalog.
“New Monsoon’s exhilarating blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation shines in an irresistible blend of sophisticated song craft, inventive musical exploration and down home rock-n-roll. They have a collective power that comes off as a real unified force on stage. It’s not just a band, you know? It’s something transcendental.” – Michael Shrieve (original drummer, Santana)
Miller and Ferlino are also members of supergroup collective, The Contribution, along with Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) Keith Moseley (String Cheese Incident) and Sheryl Renee (Black Swan Singers). SCI Fidelity Records released “Which Way World”, The Contribution’s inaugural album, in 2010. LoHi Records released the follow-up “Wilderness And Space” in 2018. Miller also released his first solo album, “Ancient Wisdom”, in 2011 and second solo album “Upon the Wing” in 2019. Carper performs as a solo act and as half of the duo, Bo & Lebo, with Dan Lebowitz of ALO.
Murph Murphy joined the Freddy Jones B (‘In a Daydream’) in the late ’90s which found him touring with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Peter Frampton, and shows with Pete Townshend, Train, Gov’t Mule and more. He moved to the Bay area from Chicago in 2001 and immersed himself in the local jam band scene, playing with Izabella, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Tracorum, Stu Allen and Bizar Bazaar. He loves laying down a thick groove as well as embracing the element of chance, following the music wherever it may lead.
Dale Fanning With a drumming style steeped in African rhumba and a musical knowledge spanning the funky to the avant-garde, drummer Dale Fanning is best known for his work in Living Daylights, a bass/drums/saxophone trio that has toured throughout North America, Western and Eastern Europe. He shared the studio and stage with many of the world’s finest musicians including Bill Frisell, Jimmy Mcgriff, Reuben Wilson, Bernie Worrell, Grant Green Jr., Robert Walter, Skerik, Reggie Watts and more.