Derek Krogh, a veteran of the bay area music scene and well-known member of the BAMMIE (Bay Area Music Award) award winning band, Back in the Saddle, began playing the banjo in 1963. He studied with Jerry Garcia, who taught at Dana Morgan Music in Palo Alto, and later took lessons with Rick Shubb (of capo fame) who was one of the West Coast’s top practitioners of the melodic style of banjo picking.
Derek began his professional career in 1967 and shortly thereafter teamed up with multi-instrumentalist Ed Littlefield (Marley’s Ghost) in the “Stone Mountain String Band.” After a few years spent playing on the Bluegrass Circuit, including gigs with Bay Area favorites “High Country” and “Vern & Ray,” he began playing in the popular club band “Wabash” with guitarist Greg Harris (Flying Burrito Brothers).
Derek left the Bay Area in 1973 to tour Western Canada with “Northern Flyer” along with fellow Californian, David Wilkie (Cowboy Celtic), on mandolin. He continued to hone his banjo skills and took up the pedal steel guitar.
Upon returning to California in 1976, he became an original member of popular bluegrass and western swing band “Back in the Saddle” with fiddler Tom Rigney (Sundogs). The band toured extensively in the Western states, getting airplay on KFAT, KSAN and KNEW radio, and producing two records. They were a popular opening act, playing with B.B. King, Earl Scruggs, Asleep at the Wheel, Buck Owens, Doug Kershaw, Sons of the Pioneers, Emmy Lou Harris and many others. They headlined most major clubs and concert venues in northern California, before finally disbanding in 1982.
Since then Derek has remained in the San Francisco Bay Area, performing in numerous bluegrass, country and country-rock bands as well as doing studio work and freelancing as a sideman for various musical projects.
In 2002 he started work on his “Banjomatic” CD, which was completed in 2004, getting good reviews and receiving airplay on local radio stations, as well as being used for a movie soundtrack.
Derek returned to the studio in 2007 beginning work on his “Banjonator” album which was released in 2009.
He is currently working on new material for an upcoming CD.