THE SKELETON KEYS
The Skeleton Keys are the full band version of Spencer & Rains… with lots of harmony vocals and double fiddle.
The band came about when Tricia and Howard recorded The Old Texas Fiddle. They gathered together a group of dear musical friends: Charlie and Nancy Hartness of Athens, GA, Brendan Doyle of Oakland, CA on banjo, and Emily Mann of Berkeley, CA.
The Skeleton Keys specialize in early Texas fiddle tunes as well as old tunes from the Midwest and the Spencer Family in particular. Centered around Spencer & Rains’ twin fiddling, Doyle’s pitch-perfect fiddle-like banjo style, and the Hartness’s and Mann’s air-glide rhythm, the Keys create their own unique sound but stay true to the roots of the music.
The band members have their own projects: Charlie and Nancy as Hawk Proof Rooster, Brendan is a member of The Cliffhangers, and Emily tours with her duo Paper Wings and the renowned Bay Area band The Crooked Jades, but they all find great joy in coming together to sing the old songs and play the old fiddle tunes.