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Aaron Ross


BUY ONLINE or CALL (530) 265-5040 Tue. – Fri. 9:00 – 4:00 | Doors open at 7:00pm and the show starts at 8:00


Miners Foundry is pleased to present Aaron Ross w/ Farrow and the Peach Leaves + Special Guests on Friday, November 22 at 8:00pm. For one night only Ross will perform a special concert of these songs that span his incredible sixteen-year career. Joining him as his backing band is Nevada County’s popular Americana rock group Farrow and the Peach Leaves, along with a revolving door of special guest musicians you may recognize.


“While it’s not hard to compare Ross’ storybook folk and nasal-y vocals to Dylan or Guthrie, there’s a controlled chaos that defies genres and lets the work paint pictures instead of easy comparisons.” – Sacramento News & Review

With a poet’s penchant for wordplay and a wide-eyed attitude toward music production, Aaron Ross has earned his place as one of Nevada County’s most gifted musicians and songwriters. Ross’ music is more than a listening experience but a poetic endeavor that explores the scope of life. Each song tells a magnificently dynamic tale, complete with a lyrical imagery reminiscent of greats like Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, and Patti Smith, and sung with the heartfelt resolve that makes Ross’ voice one-of-a-kind.

Beginning with his debut album, On the Hallelujah Side, Ross displayed a facility for Americana-based musical forms and rambling lyrics that tended toward double-entendre and allegory. The apocalyptic wit of Bob Dylan and biblical gravity of William Faulkner are equally valid lyrical touchstones. When he sings the song “Jack Kerouac” from the 2006 album Beginner’s Blood, it’s easy to see how the writer’s concept of “free prose” influenced Ross’ freewheeling lyrics. While his early work was inspired by dark, redemptive tales like the film There Will Be Blood, his 2008 album Shapeshifter revealed a lighter side of his personality. Entering his late 20s and discovering the peace of raising a family, Ross felt the drive to project more positive imagery. “Once you reach 25 and you’re still alive, you’re not as angst-ridden,” he says of the time. This new-found levity gave him the leeway to experiment with different lyrical and musical forms. While much of Ross’ music focuses on the mythical America, with it’s broken dreams, bucolic family moments, and unprecedented military power-there is a sly thread of humor running through his work that’s often underestimated. Song titles like “The Beast Of Both Worlds,” “Enemy Of The State Of Mind” and “In Through The Out Of Order Door” hint at a playfulness that’s often lacking among modern songwriters.

One of the most prolific songwriters of his generation, Ross has written and recorded hundreds of songs that have spanned his eleven solo albums, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration with Sacramento experimental rock group Hella for their 2007 album There’s No 666 in Outer Space (Ipecac), followed by the power psych project Solos with Spencer Seim of Hella, which produced Beast of Both Worlds (recorded and produced by the legendary Guy Massey), and finally the power-chords and fuzzed-out riffs of the classic-rock inspired trio El Dorado.

Equally at home with solo folk romps, melodic pop grooves, soft guitar lullaby summons featuring piano and strings, and heavy rock ballads backed by a full band and a wall of amplifiers, Ross’ remarkable vocal agility always leaves the listener with a resounding message on humanity.

Farrow and the Peach Leaves

Farrow and the Peach Leaves was founded in 2016 by three buddies who liked getting together to play country music on Wednesdays. Graham Knibb and Zach Peach began recording some songs and brought Leif “Swamp Dog” Bo Bonfils in on bass guitar and vocals. The project quickly grew into a full blown band. Now with the addition of Keith Knibb on guitar and Hunter Jones on keyboard and lap steel, Farrow and the Peach Leaves has developed into a sought after act. With two albums under their belts, and a broad repertoire of originals and covers, Farrow and the Peach Leaves always brings a party to venues of all sizes. Their music is heavily influenced by their native Sierra Foothills and the lives of the people living there. Farrow and the Peach Leave’s make music for fans of Country, Rock and Roll, and all that falls between.

This will be the band’s 2nd time on the Miners Foundry Stage – they recently opened for Dead Winter Carpenters. Their album “Honeyslides” is a harder take on the Sierra Foothill country sound that Farrow and the Peach Leaves tapped into with “Country Wednesdays.” With driving, locomotive rhythm, soaring guitars, and back-porch style harmonies. Honeyslides runs the country spectrum, from smoky honky tonks and strung-out drug runs to the particular California country grief only found in Nevada County.

Get Tickets!

Tickets are $15 in Advance and $20 At the Door.  All tickets are General Admission and limited seats will be available. Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office, and in person at BriarPatch Co-Op.  Advance sales close at 4:00 p.m. on November 22.

Ticketing fees waived for purchases made by phone or in person through the Miners Foundry Box Office and BriarPatch. The Miners Foundry Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., (530) 265-5040.

Food and Drink!

There will be a full service no-host bar available as well as food available for purchase beginning at 7:00pm.


Benefit for Racial Justice | Deer Creek



The Deer Creek Bar at the Miners Foundry will open Sunday, November 1, 2020 for a Benefit for Racial Justice.  The benefit will feature an online auction and entertainment by Aaron Ross, Marie Sioux, Guest Speakers from the Coalition for Racial Justice, and more.  Proceeds will directly support the Coalition for Racial Justice’s efforts to safely and effectively organize our local community in non-violent directions.


Limited Seating, Reservations Recommended.  Suggested donation of $20, $30, or $40.
Reservations will be open to the public at 6:00 p.m. on October 21, 2020.
Deer Creek Bar Opens at 5:00 p.m. / Program Begins at 6:00 p.m.
The Deer Creek Bar is located outside, so please come prepared for an autumn evening.

Food & Drink Available for Purchase

The Deer Creek Bar is a no host full bar with food available for purchase.  Pre-order food and bottles of wine when completing reservation to ensure availability. Limited quantities will be available from the bar. Pre-orders close at 4:00pm on October 30th. Use the Add On option to select food and bottles of wine.

General Admission cabaret table seating for 1-4 patrons. Larger groups must sit at separate tables.

Safety Procedures
The health and safety of our guests, staff, and community is the highest priority at the Miners Foundry. Click here for information about our safety procedures.

Aaron Ross and the Peach Leaves


The Miners Foundry is pleased to present local favorites Aaron Ross and the Peach Leaves, with special guest Brett Shady on Friday, November 26, 2021!  Celebrate the Friday after Thanksgiving with friends enjoying live music!

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m.

Get Tickets!

  • Please review updated Safety information before purchasing your ticket!
  • Proof of full vaccination or negative PCR COVID 19 test within 72 hours required for entry.
  • Masks are required indoors except when eating or drinking.
  • $20 General Admission.  Standing / dancing concert with limited seating.
  • Tickets available online, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office:
    325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
    Tuesday – Friday | 9:00am – 4:00pm
    (530) 265-5040

Aaron Ross and the Peach Leaves

Aaron Ross has been a force for eclecticism since his time with math rock band Hella (with Zach Hill of Deathgrips and Spencer Seim of sBACH and The Advantage), and his solo trajectory has reflected a constant drive for innovation since his first release, The Hallelujah Side in 2003. His musical path is almost schizophrenic in its complexity, uncompromising innovation, and drive to involve more nuance, layers and mystery with each successive release. But the man himself has eschewed the spotlight to some extent. Impose Magazine calls him ‘bugged out in a backwoods way […]’ and indeed his catalog vacillates in and out of the deeply organic blues-folk of the Sierra Foothills, and the very synthetic, playful and even absurd, here reminiscent of Mick Jagger, there warbling esoteric in the vein of fellow Nevada City native Joanna Newsom.

“We didn’t want to overdo it,” Graham Knibb says. “ Everyone I’ve talked to has so many memories of listening to Aaron just command whatever room he’s in with his voice and a guitar, and that’s it.” When he and Farrow and the Peach Leaves were discussing the album, back in the fall of 2019, there was a sense of sanctity around the songs, a kind of reverence. Ultimately, Swan Songs, Volume 1 is a reenvisioning of a selection of songs from Aaron Ross’s vast catalogue, viewed through the country rock lens of Nevada City band Farrow and the Peach Leaves. With Aaron Ross providing the vocals for this new album, the band’s current lineup features Graham Farrow Knibb on lead guitar and vocals, Zach Peach on drums, Leif Bonfils on Bass, Justin Peach and Keith Knibb providing additional guitar work and Hunter Jones on keyboard and pedal steel.

“I don’t think Aaron would say no to anything, musically,” Zach Peach says. Peach, who was instrumental in the arrangement and production process (via Dream Cabin Sounds), was also cautious about the significance of creating the album at all. “That’s the dangerous part,” he says. “We didn’t want to tread all over some of our favorite songs and songs that really belong to our community in a way. These songs are precious. It was a lot of pulling back. But we’re happy we did it.”

Swan Songs Volume 1 (Dowd Records 2021) will complement the collection of any fan of Aaron Ross or Farrow and the Peach Leaves. It draws, with caution and deliberacy, from Aaron Ross’s vast repertoire, including favorites and deep cuts alike. Songs such as Catch a Glimpse – also a forthcoming single release and music video – drive right to the heart of Gold Country rock, with Rolling Stones vocal work and massive rock and roll thickness. Others look back to the raw blues folk of The Hallelujah Side, with thoughtful orchestration and clear musical talent. Also featured on the record are Liz Ross on backup vocals and Galen Fraser (Atlantic Folk Trio) on fiddle, and the album artwork was done by Beni Ross.

Brett Shady


Brett Shady is a singer / songwriter based out of Nevada City, California.

His unique personal form of Americana blends waltzing country, folk strumming, pop melodies, 50s balladry & indie-pop and has led to sharing the stage with the likes of Chris Isaak and Jeff Bridges while playing and contributing with notable independent artists including Golden Shoulders and Lee Bob Watson.

Brett Shady released three singles in 2020 and is currently recording his third album.





Safety Procedures

The health and safety of our guests, staff and community is the highest priority at the Miners Foundry.  Please click here for safety information FAQs.

  • Please review updated Safety information before purchasing your ticket!
  • Proof of full vaccination or negative PCR COVID 19 test within 72 hours required for entry.
  • Masks are required indoors except when eating or drinking.

Contact Info

Please contact the Box Office at kat@minersfoundry.org with questions.