ARTIST PROFILES

 

 


Helen Sweetland plays acoustic bass and sings lead and harmony vocals with Highway One; she also serves as the band's principal harmony arranger. A musician from the age of four, Helen's earliest memories are of singing duets with her sister and playing the bass (standing on a chair to reach the fingerboard) in her family's "band" back in Rochester, New York. A longtime fan and student of bluegrass, her taste tends toward the traditional, and when singing lead, she is partial to songs written by the women of bluegrass -- from Molly O'Day to Hazel Dickens to Gillian Welch. Helen makes her home in Half Moon Bay. 

Tom Manuel plays guitar and mandolin and sings lead and harmony vocals in the band. He has played music for more than thirty years and took up bluegrass guitar in 1987. In 1998 Tom took first place in the flatpicking contest at the Wolf Mountain Bluegrass Festival. Before joining Highway One, Tom performed and recorded with several well-known northern California bands, including the Grass Menagerie. In addition to his instrumental and vocal duties, Tom serves as Highway One's sound man and recording engineer. Originally from the East Coast, Tom now lives in Santa Cruz. 


 
 

 


 Scott Atkinson plays mandolin and guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals in Highway One. He brings an ear for improvisation to the band, informed by his many years of playing both jazz piano and fingerstyle guitar. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Scott grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently makes his home in Half Moon Bay.

Jonathan Schiele, the newest member of Highway One, plays the five-string banjo. He began his musical career at age eleven, on the ukelele, but he quickly broadened his musical horizons, studying cello, saxophone, mountain dulcimer, electric guitar, even Balinese Gamalon. Finally, at the tender age of 26, Jonathan found the five-string. Since then, he has played and sung with countless Bay Area musicians and numerous groups, including the David Thom Band, with whom he appeared at music festivals throughout the West and opened for bluegrass luminaries including the Del McCoury Band. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Jonathan currently makes his home in Richmond.




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