A musical collective...

performing American roots music.

The Sagebrush Bohemians are a Denver-based collective that plays blues, country, folk, roots, originals and covers. We play in a laid-back style with minimal amplification for human-sized rooms such as brewpubs, coffeehouses and backyards. Yet we've taken the club stage to rock out for 200 people, so we're always ready to abandon our scruples for free drinks.

We play blues from the 1920s to the 1960s, barroom country from the '40s and '50s, our folk songs are post-war and our originals derive from the twisted lives we've led. 

If you'd like to have us play for you, please send us an email via the Contact page on this site. 

The Sagebrush Bohemians' founder, Carson, sings and plays guitar. He writes his own material and covers iconic songs from Lonnie Johnson to Hank Williams. Joe McCown also plays guitar, sings, writes his own material and covers songs by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia. Joe Cesare and Johnny K alternately play harmonica for the collective. We have a rotating cast of bass players all steeped in Americana. We occasionally feature the singing and uke playing of Eleanor Nash of Eleanor Nash and The Ramblers, Denver's hottest new act. (You can't tell Eleanor's soulful originals from her covers of Carrie Underwood or Miranda Lambert; her songs are that good.) 

In November 2018 we opened for Float Like a Buffalo (Westword's "Best Funk Band in Denver 2019") at the Westword River North Music and Arts Festival at the Larimer Lounge. 

We like to interact with our audience to have a good time. As a wise man once observed of our sound: "It's good drinking music." 

Check out a different track each week from our first CD, Dodgin' Judgment Day, full of original material recorded live in the studio with acoustic bassist Bob Shaffer, along with Josie Quick on fiddle. 

We'll also offer tracks from our new CD,  The Sagebrush Bohemians featuring Eleanor Nash: You're Still On My Mind. The new CD features songs by Dylan, Loretta Lynn, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, Hank Williams and Susan Tedeschi, as well as originals. 

Both CDs feature Nic Clark's extraordinary blues harmonica, plus Beom and Bob Shaffer on upright bass, Brian Theriault and Josie Quick on fiddle and Colin Hill on drums. (Not all on the same songs, of course.)

You can buy a copy at one of our gigs when we all reconvene in public at gigs, whenever that may be. 

Come out and hear us play when the bars reopen. We actually do not want your email address! We want your body (in the audience).