"String and percussion wizard Joe Craven, singer and strummer Tracy Walton and guitar-tickling wordsmith Bill Edwards are back together. The dynamic trio that was Way Out West from 1985-1992 will be making a very, rare appearance to help draw a close to the Fire On The Mountain Sonora Christmas Craft Festival's - final event - celebrating 45 years! Way Out West was a favorite act at the Fair for years in the 80s and early 90s.
Way Out West is a highly original Americana Roots Music Trio that was born out of a multi-culti mashup up of re-imaged covers, sparkling originals, a pinch of theatrically thrift stored / fashion insulted presentations and a small bucket of bargain bin humor. A popular attraction from the mid-80s to early 90s in the great north-central valley of NorCal, they have now (under a self-perception of extreme pressure from the general public--and inspiration from Frank Sinatra) dusted off their now tighter-fitting WOW wardrobe for the 45th & Final Sonora Christmas Craft Fair. Once again in the saddle are the still vertical and ventilating Tracy Walton (Mumbo Gumbo / The Cups / Walton, Webster and Edwards) Bill Edwards (Walton, Webster and Edwards) and Joe Craven (David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Alison Brown, David Lindley, Joe Craven & The Sometimers just to name a few). Take a trip down memory lane or experience them, at your own risk, for the first time. Chances are very good that you and your friends will enjoy yourselves immensely." ~ Joe Craven