In February, 2005, The Pine Needles were born out of a love for mountain-style string band instruments and the musical textures they afford. The band members bring a wealth of diverse musical experience into the acoustic jam band sound. The group draws on american roots, modern folk, jamband, gypsy jazz, bebop jazz, classical, world, acoustic rock, popular, soul, bluegrass, and old time styles.
Josh Needleman - Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Bass Guitar & Vocals
Contest-winning guitarist, singer, songwriter, bass player Josh Needleman has performed on stage and recorded with many top flight musicians including David Grisman, Joe Craven, Don Cherry, Matt Butler, Archie Williams, Collage of i, Lucas Arts, Scribe, Nina Gerber, Carl Locket, Kit Walker and Symphony Parnassus.
Morgan Meadow - Mandolin, Fiddle & Vocals
Add award-winning old time and jazz mandolin- and fiddle-player Morgan “Meadow” Cochneuer to the line up, and you have the basic ingredients for a rich tapestry of mandolin and guitar music. Morgan has shared the stage with many great musicians, such as Kenny Hall, Jim Kweskin, Maria Muldaur, David Grisman, John Sebastian, and Dan Hicks. He is the founder of Skiffle Symphony jug and string band and has recorded two CDs with old-time master mandolinist Kenny Hall.
Rami Ziadeh - Percussion & Vocals
Born in Jordan, percussionist Rami Ziadeh began studying Dumbeck at age three. By age ten Rami was performing with Middle Eastern dance groups and on radio broadcasts in Zerqua Jordan. At fifteen, Rami moved with his family to the United States. He continued his musical education by studying trap set drums with Roy Burns and the late Tony Williams, Tabla with the renowned Sri Swapan Chaduri and majored in music performance at the California Institute of the Arts. On the Cajon, Rami brings a unique style that combines Middle Eastern finger techniques with traditional Flamenco techniques. Currently, Rami is studying Classical Indian Vocals with Pandit Laxmi G. Tewari. Rami has recorded and performed with Pakistani world beat group “Ali Kahn,” flamenco guitarist Mark Taylor, the Desert Wind Middle Eastern Fusion Ensemble, and jazz legend Pharoah Sanders for the Alanzo King Ballet Company. He has accompanied flamenco dance artists La Tanya, La Fibi Aire Flamenco, Alma Flamenca, and Sol Flamenco.
Tristan Arnold - String Bass & Vocals
With a degree in Music from Northwestern University, Tristan Arnold has performed with Jazz Pianist Judy Hall, Songwriter Mark David Ashworth, and the American Philharmonic. Mr. Arnold’s high-intensity low-end adds warmth and support to this fine, fun, and evolving acoustic ensemble.