|Gayle Lynn Schmitt
Born and raised by the banks of the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky, Gayle Lynn got her first guitar as she headed off to college. After moving to San Francisco, she began playing in songwriting nights at cafes and meeting many friends who would eventually evolve into the Hired Hands. While writing and creating theater pieces, Gayle Lynn started her own music/movement program focusing on children's music. With her group, the Toodala Ramblers, who play bluegrass music for kids and families, she recorded two award winning children's CD's. By 2005, along with her long-time partner Tom Drohan, she created the Hired Hands and has performed extensively around the Bay Area and at Festivals. Just Came Around is their first CD.
San Francisco bassist-about-town, Tom has played extensively with the Chazz Cats, the Shut Ins, Belle Monroe and Her Brewglass Boys, and has performed/recorded with David Sobel, Ira Marlowe, Jellyroll, Daryl Scairiot, Noe Venable, Blew Willie, 3 Mile Grade, Jeanie and Chuck’s Country Roundup, Toodala Ramblers, Boiled Peanuts, JimBo Trout and the Fish People, 3 Blind Mice, Big Possum, Riff Riders, Ida Viper, Atlas Café House Band, as well as playing on every one of Gayle’s projects. He is never home.
Rik is a singer, songwriter, clergyman, raconteur, writer, teacher, purveyor of fine musical instruments, three-time loser on The Dating Game,
holder of the record for number of consecutive freshman years at USC, and arguably the best slide guitarist in Pacific Heights. He’s a former member of Dr. Hook and hosts the band conference on the Well.
Ace drummer for the Shut-Ins, Corey has played with the Riff Riders, David Gans, High Diving Horses, The Chazz Cats, The Night Watchmen, and The Sons of Emperor Norton to name a few.
Tom Meshishnek | Recording, Guitars, Keyboards, Mentoring.
Mike Roper | Often described as a reclusive butterfly, when not playing with the Hired Hands Mr. Roper is rumored to be a performer with San Francisco's heavy rock band Cheetahs on the Moon.
Diana “triple fiddles” Greenberg | fiddle | One of the hottest bluegrass fiddlers in the Bay Area, Diana performs with Belle Monroe and Her Brewglass Boys as well as handling bass duties with the Whoreshoes.
Jude Levinson | background vocals | Jude is a long-standing member of San Francisco’s venerable Babar Café Jug Band, as well
Misisipi Mike Wolf | guitar | Mike is a founding member and lead guitarist of Misisipi Rider, The Country Squires, The Boiled Peanuts, Calamity & Main, and the Plain High Drifters. He is the go-to guy for guitar in San Francisco. Mike is also the Creator of eyeball pleasing posters. Contact him to make your next gig announcement.
David Phillips | pedal steel | "The reigning king of pedal steel in the Bay Area," David is equally at home playing polkas, Hawaiian music
Chuck Poling | mandolin | A native of San Francisco’s Mission District and a founding member of Jeanie & Chuck’s Country Roundup,
Debbie Reed | harmony vocals | Debbie sings with The Cabrillo Choir as well as playing bass with Santa Cruz-based Pourhouse.
Joe Reed | accordion | Joe writes, sings and plays keyboards and accordion with Pourhouse.
Scott Young | trombone | Scott usually performs as singer, guitarist and main composer in San Francisco’s award-winning band Red Meat. The Shut-Ins, a warped and whiskey-addled band of jocular troubadours - featured on the track 'Norma Jean'
Mike Melnyk | Photography top of page