Sequoia Rose is no stranger to the bluegrass community, (previously David Watson) she is queer, transgender, and an award-winning bluegrass/jam band multi-instrumentalist and vocalist residing in Humboldt County, California. Originally from South Western Pennsylvania. Sequoia was raised in a musical family who played at churches, revivals, and local bluegrass events, they quickly became a crowd favorite in the area.
Sequoia began playing mandolin with some of the best bluegrass bands in the area when she was 14 and later became an established music teacher in the area at 16 years old. When she was 18 years old, she recorded a three-song EP with some of the best pickers of our time, among the multi-award-winning instrumentalists Andy Leftwich, Scott Vestal, Cody Kilby, Randy Kohrs, and Barry Bales.
After recording the EP, Sequoia hit the festival circuit as a Country Gospel Band “64 to Grayson,” playing three to five times a week and becoming a favorite in the Gospel Music scene.
Sequoia recorded one album with 64 to Grayson and toured with them for several years. During this time, Sequoia entered the West Virginia Mandolin State Championship and came in First Place! The following year Sequoia entered the West Virginia State Championship for Guitar and won First Place! Itching to get back to bluegrass, Sequoia recorded a single, Crazy Heart, with Grammy award-winning guitarist Clay Hess and John Bellew.
Shortly after releasing the single, Sequoia began looking for other opportunities and got a call from the late James King to play the mandolin for him. Thrilled at the chance to play with a bluegrass legend Sequoia wasted no time and drove straight down to Virginia, got in a 15-passenger van, and played 150 shows in a year with the 20-year “Rounder Records” Veteran. During this time, Sequoia played at some of the most notable Bluegrass Festivals and Venues of the time, including Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, New York, The Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, in Morgantown, Indiana, The Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Festival in Marengo, Ohio, The Freight and Salvage Theater in Berkeley California, The Station Inn in Nashville Tennessee, and countless others.
Sequoia Rose is now performing with a great band featuring hard-driving bluegrass tunes, psychedelic jam band instrumental breaks, and innovative original songwriting to create an authentic yet unique and immersive experience you don't want to miss!