Establishing the Alhambra Valley Band in 1986, Lynn is an award winning songwriter and has been a champion of the Bay Area bluegrass scene for years. She combines a deep reverence for traditional music with the creativity and skill to experiment with new sounds and rhythms. The distinctive melodies in her compositions, her “ That’s what I’m talkin’ about !” rhythm guitar style, and her considerable vocal talent form the Alhambra Valley Band’s signature sound. A San Francisco native, Lynn currently resides in the Alhambra Valley of Martinez, CA
AVB’s co-founder, Jill Cruey, is a gifted fiddler with an impressive knowledge of bluegrass and old time music styles. Her long friendship with Lynn forms the rhythmic and spiritual bedrock on which the band is built. She sings occasional harmonies, and her contributions behind the scenes to the band’s repertoire and arrangements keep the sound fresh, yet traditional. A fiddler from Wyoming, Jill now calls Clayton, California home.
Born and raised in the North Bay, Dan is one of the best-kept secrets of Bay Area mandolin players. He brings jaw dropping talent, high energy, a warm smile and always amusing wit to the group, as well as an ultra versatile background in bluegrass, jazz, rock, newgrass and old time styles. Dan adds his own innovative touch to the AVB’s original material, singing lead or providing baritone harmonies for the bands highly regarded vocal “trio”. Dan currently lives in Richmond, CA
Bruce has been a part of the music scene in the Bay Area since the mid 1970’s, first with rock bands, then switching to bluegrass after seeing the light in the late 80’s. More than just a top-notch bass player, Bruce brings a sense of humor, fun and balance to the AVB that is worth its weight in cold beer. Bruce sings an occasional lead number, and his band mates, friends and admirers all agree-Bruce is a great guy with tons of talent. Bruce also resides in Martinez’s Alhambra Valley.
Banjo player Mitch Polzak is the great-great-grandson of August Ringling of the famous Ringling Brothers Circus -- maybe that's why he fits so seamlessly into the Alhambra Valley Band's lineup of pickers. Energy, charisma and a fearless banjo approach define Mitch's style. With songwriting talent and singing to boot, Mitch is approaching bluegrass warrior status. When not playing bluegrass, Mitch fronts the Royal Deuces rockabilly band and also plays with the honky-tonk band, The Cottonpickers.