ABOUT US

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Chris Olsen

While playing guitar currently, Chris has for many years been a serious musician, including working in music publishing while a pro guitarist in Nashville. He has played throughout California and the USA and beyond including Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, South America – even Antarctica!  As a pro his attitude is that he’s there to serve the song. He has for many years been performing music or acting on TV, theatre, studio and radio. He has performed in front of or shared the stage with Jerry Garcia, country chart-toppers Little Big Town, Neil Young, Tommy Castro, Elvin Bishop, Lydia Pense/Cold Blood, country stars Len Snow and Jessica Hawthorne (as part of his/her management team and Bandleader for both), Nashville producer Robert Metzger at Platinum Plus Records and Capitol Management, as well as many others. His knowledge of slide guitar styles – both acoustic (Dobro, bottleneck, lap steel, etc.) – and electric (Western Swing to Blues to Country to Rock to Americana) combines all these genres and sub-genres and still has enough to also include R & B, Gospel, Civil War era songs and Bluegrass, all interpreted on a variety of instruments including acoustic & electric 6-string guitar, 12-string guitar, tenor guitar, baritone guitar, Dobro, Lap Steel, Mandolin and even some keyboards that has kept him busy for over 30+ years. Having enjoyed success in Nashville – a Number 1 Hit Single on Billboard’s Single Sales Chart with chart-topper Len Snow (a successful Single and CD with ‘Country’s What I Choose’, radio airplay, touring and personal appearances followed with Len, due in large part to support/help from Chris), participation as a regional judge in the nationwide talent search – the ‘Colgate Country Challenge’ at the county fair in Madera, CA - Chris brings a wealth of expertise, songwriting skills and production techniques to this latest project.

Paul GOSS

“When you see us doing our thing…that’s what we were born to do.”

     Providing bass lines for the varied styles of ‘Monterey County Line’ is not an easy task. But Paul Goss has been absorbing, performing, and playing bass for decades, including working for big names like James Cotton, Eleuthera with Stew Merrit, The Dean Markley Band, and time spent working for super-producer Tom Dowd at Criteria Studios in Miami, and eventually working his way up to the head of A & R at Artist Entertainment. From his family, while growing up in New York City, he “..saw how making music was the cause of some magical state of peaceful optimism”.
      When he experienced Leonard Bernstein conducting Beethoven with the New York Philharmonic, every cell of his body resonated, and his vision became clear. Like the feeling he got the first time he heard a Rickenbacker 12-string guitar through a loud Fender amp. 
      Paul would carry that passion for the rest of his life. That passion also fueled his professional life in high-tech telecommunications, the then-nascent fiber-optic industry, and beyond. Paul was a senior executive manager for many of the early giants of the Tele-Comm industry and was GM at GE Capital/Access America and Centex Telemanagement.
      He co-founded Sesame’s Business Consulting Group and was VP at New Edge Network (merging into today’s Earthlink) – all the time absorbing and playing bass in the rapidly expanding music scene in New York City. Starting his music career with Artist Entertainment Complex, an artist, management, and relations company, he rose to Talent Director before turning 30.
      Paul and his wife advocate for our oceans through their longtime volunteering efforts for ‘Surfrider’. They are also deeply involved with various mentoring programs to help those afflicted with alcoholism and drug addiction in their community. 

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TIM BUSHMAN

Not just an all-around great keyboardist, but a first-class musician in all respects, Tim Bushman brings that rare quality to Monterey County Line of sincerity, quality craftsmanship, and professionalism. And to all of this, he adds his superb vocal abilities.
     Growing up in the iconic music area of northeastern Ohio, Tim began playing piano at 5 years old, and he started his first band in the 7th grade. He was lucky that his piano teacher introduced him to the blues and the magic of improvisation at an early age. But before you know how to break the rules, first you have to know the rules, and Tim has decades of music theory to guide and fuel his improvisational side. 
     Tim’s musical travels have taken him through South Florida, Las Vegas, and southern California. Performing all over the United States in various situations, he has honed his knowledge of all the popular American music genres. Settling in the Monterey Bay region has steadily improved Tim’s skills and workload. He was also the founding keyboard player in the perennially popular central California band, ‘The El Dorados'.
     Getting back to his classic blues roots Tim strives for a soulful and organic sound, although he could break out his ‘honk-tonk’ anytime!

JANIS CERESI

‘You have to know the rules before you can break the rules' is an old adage in music, and Janis Ceresi learned those rules while attending parochial grammar school and learning to sing in the choir. Being a team player was installed early on, as she naturally gravitated more to harmony singing than taking the lead melody. 
     Her lifelong passion for music and art has seen her lead a successful business career in graphic arts and graphic design. This master designer and artist went on to an exciting career designing album covers and advertising for Frank Zappa, Janet Jackson, and other big names in Los Angeles while continuing to learn the rules and honing her singing styles, harmonizing and recording with a variety of artists in the San Francisco Bay Area throughout her career.
     1990 found her performing as a singer and percussionist with Troubadour Parker Coleman touring the east coast from New York to Charleston, including a long-running residency at the historic Jefferson Davis Inn in Lexington, Kentucky. 
     In 1992 she moved to Northern California and simultaneously renewed her singing and artistic careers. Moving to Monterey and Carmel Valley in 2017 enabled her to concentrate on music full time when she teamed up with guitarist James Frederickson in the popular ‘Rodney James Project.’ 
     Now a journeyman musician, Janis can unleash her dynamic singing style and master-level musical craftsmanship by blending vocals and harmonies, elevating Monterey County Line to new heights.

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"CC" ChrisTOPHER WHITE
 

If you want a good band – you need a great drummer/ percussionist is always true in music. Being not just a great drummer, C.C. White is also an accomplished musician and arranger. The son of big band drummer from the forties, it’s clear that the beat is in his blood. Alongside his father, he was moved by the rhythmic stylings of Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, and Ringo Starr. Once he started studying the performances of Neil Peart of Rush, he was transformed as a musician and a person.
     Always the consummate professional, his energy on stage seems boundless, and his sense of humor off-stage reflects his love of spreading joy.
     Born and raised in Los Angeles, he jumped straight into the exploding music scene and quickly became very busy. Good drummers being in short supply, he was booked extensively through to the late ’80s. Learning well the ‘business’ side of the ‘music business,’ he became a founding member of the regionally popular all-original band ‘FREE FALL’ touring regularly thru  Southern California largely as a result of his efforts. 
     Locating to Northern California, he found the best players and became the foundation of the soulful blues/rockers The El Dorados’ who would soon be voted the best band in Monterey! Not just content to ‘keep the beat,’ this master craftsman is an active participant who interacts with the other musicians. His very high standards of quality elevate everyone, and his performances reflect the unbridled passion he brings to Monterey County Line and life in general.