“Diane Hubka & The Sun Canyon Band wear their influences on their sleeves with pride, as elements of everyone from the harmonies of Peter, Paul & Mary through Emmylou and even the husky vocals of Bonnie Raitt make appearances at one time or another.”
What happens when a world class jazz singer returns to her Appalachian folk roots then meets up with a veteran blues/rock guitarist, who is also a gifted singer-songwriter? L.A. based Diane Hubka & The Sun Canyon Band brings new life to a wide variety of celebrated genres, from Texas swing to delta blues, from lilting ballads to heartland country rock. With Diane’s honey-toned vocals and rhythm guitar, Rick Mayock’s expressive guitar work, melodic vocals, and genre-defying originals and a dynamic rhythm section, the band interprets traditional songs as if they were written today, taking the listener along for a joyful ride!
Their new CD, "You Never Can Tell", co-produced by bassist Chad Watson (Ronnie Milsap, The Burrito Brothers, Janis lan,) and featuring special guest, extraordinary guitarist Albert Lee, held the #1 spot of the Roots Music Contemporary Folk Album Chart for 8 weeks, and nine months later, still at # 8!
KC Cafe Radio / Indie Alliance - Top 10 for 3 months!
DIANE HUBKA - vocals, guitar
Until recent years Hubka was known across the country as a jazz artist. She lived in New York City for two decades and became a vital member of its jazz community. After recording three albums in the Big Apple, one with saxophonist Lee Konitz, she moved to Los Angeles in 2005, where she recorded three more albums, and toured Japan multiple times. But Hubka’s earlier influences came from growing up in the Appalachian mountains of Western Maryland, a child of the ‘60s folk revival. With a mother who sang in a folk group, she was a big fan of Peter, Paul & Mary, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young. In early 2017, upset by the outcome of the U.S. Presidential election, she turned away from a lifetime of jazz and went in a new direction. “I wanted to sing protest songs - and pro-union songs!” she laughs. “I suddenly felt a calling to get back to my acoustic and folk roots.” No matter the genre, “she wraps her clear-as-mountain-stream sound around the songs with consistently winning results.” (JAZZTIMES)
RICK MAYOCK - elec, acoustic, baritone guitars, vocals
Originally from Wilkes-Barre, PA, Rick has been performing with bands and as a solo artist in the Los Angeles area and on the East Coast since the 1970’s. He was an integral part of the Venice Beach music scene of the 70’s and 80’s, and played clubs across Southern California. Rick played for many years with rock and blues guitarist Slavin’ David and in the band Street Smart with Peter Demian. He formed the original rock bands Spare Parts with singer Shawn O’Brien of the Cripples, and Primal Hearts with guitarist Linda Taylor. He is the founder and lead vocalist/guitarist of the band East of Lincoln, playing an eclectic blend of original rock, blues, R & B, and urban acoustic music.
JOE CACCAVO - bass, mandolin, banjo, vocals
Joe attended GIT where he studied with world-renowned jazz musicians Pat Martino, Ron Eschete, Joe Diorio, Tom Mason, Bob Magnusson, and Don Mock. After GIT he worked his way through college performing as a pit musician in over 20 musical theatre productions. Joe has performed with numerous bands in California, the U.S., and abroad. Over his career he performed with many legendary musical acts including Richard Street of the Temptations, Al Wilson, The Impressions, The Delfonics, The Lads, Ron Bishop, and Barbara Morrison. Joe is a regular member of the house band for Andy & Renees’s Annual Dylanfest, and also appears with them on recordings and in concert.
LYNN COULTER - drums, percussion, vocals
Lynn “Skins” Coulter was born in New Orleans, LA and came to California by way of Jackson, MS and Memphis, TN. He has recorded and / or toured with Leon Russell, Paul Butterfield, Dan Peek of America, Carole King, and Rita Coolidge including her award-winning Native American group Walela.
SKEETER G. - drums
Skeeter grew up in Los Angeles. Working in his father's record store, "Music Man Murray", he was exposed to every type of music imaginable. He studied with Bill Douglass at Drum City, and went on to play with numerous bands from the 70's to the present day, including Green, Focal Point, The Loners, Eddie Reday and Country Wildwood, to name a few. He played in venues including Madame Wong's, The Central, Carlos and Charlie's and Club 88. A sensitive musician, Skeeter plays for the song.