2024 Instructors & Coaches

Adam Levy

Guitarist/songwriter Adam Levy has created a remarkable body of work over the past 25 years. He’s been featured on recordings by Norah Jones, Amos Lee, Lisa Loeb, Tracy Chapman, Allen Toussaint, Vulfpeck, and many other artists. He has a dozen original recordings to his credit as a solo artist. Adam has authored several instructional books and video courses. His popular YouTube series “Guitar Tips” was launched in 2014 and has since spawned a dynamic Patreon channel. Adam has also penned dozens of feature articles for Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, and Fretboard Journal. See Adam’s website

Lisa Sanders

Lisa is a multi-award-winning singer and songwriter, touring and recording from her home base in San Diego, California for over 30 years. In 2021, she was inducted into the San Diego Music Hall of Fame. Of late, she has been writing songs for the second season of the PeacockTV children’s series Babble Bop!, and her work on the ViacomCBS project for Track Star Entertainment garnered her a song on the show Temptation Island. Lisa is awaiting the 2024 release of her new album, co-written and produced by four-time Grammy-nominated songwriter JT Nero, and featuring Allison Russell. See Lisa’s website

Michael McNevin

Michael grew up in the train town of Niles, California in the San Francisco East Bay hills. His songs read like short stories, full of heart, humor, and a keen eye for detail. Seasoned vocals and clean guitar work underscore the characters and places in his travels. He tours the US as a solo act, and occasionally gets a band together as McNevin & The Spokes. He is a winner of the Kerrville New Folk Award in Texas, a seven-time winner of the West Coast Songwriters “Song Of The Year” award, and a Performing Songwriter magazine “DIY Artist Of The Year.” He’s shared hall stages with Johnny Cash & The Carter Family, Donovan, Shawn Colvin, Laura Nyro, Richie Havens, and many others across the US and Europe. Festival appearances include Strawberry, High Sierra, Kerrville, Redwood Ramble, American River, Philly Folk Fest, and SummerFolk. He has five CDs and a couple of hard-to-find cassettes. Michael is also an Etch-A-Sketch artist of some renown.

In his spare time, Michael runs The Mudpuddle Shop, a converted barbershop. Now in it’s twelfth year, it is a hive for concerts, jams, swaps and workshops. See Mike’s website

Late for the Train

David Pascoe and Laura Benson are founding members of Late for the Train, a modern string band rooted in American folk and bluegrass music. Infused with the honest depth of the coastal redwood forests, the group provides a playful and poignant musical experience that uplifts the spirit and rouses the soul. Travel back to a time of hearthside storytelling with these California natives, reveling in the rich traditions of Americana, bluegrass, folk, and Celtic music.

During their tours in California, Oregon, New Mexico and Colorado, Late for the Train has played at notable venues and festivals such as the Kate Wolf Music Festival, Telluride’s historic Sheridan Opera House, the Music on the Mothership Festival in Taos, Cervantes’ Other Side in Denver, and Valhalla Theater in Lake Tahoe. They were finalists in the Whale Rock Music Festival band contest, where they were invited to perform in 2023. Their 2020 debut album, Plant It or Build It, was hailed as “a blooming flower inside this year’s chaos, with skillful musicianship, well delivered vocals and harmonies, and diversified songwriting.” See Late for the Train’s website

Stan DeWitt

As a multi-faceted musician, Stan is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and conductor, in one amazingly musical power pack. He recently released the rock opera Silver Bullet in co-production with Derek O’Brien (Social Distortion). His album Long Day’s Journey was named a “DIY Top Ten” record by Performing Songwriter magazine in 2002. He has co-produced multiple records for Moonshine, Corrina Carter, Jellykka, Onward Etc., and Rick Schiller, among others. As an educator, he taught music at Coastline Community College for 26 years and authored an online music history course. He is the Minister of Music at Grace First Presbyterian Church in Long Beach, where he directs the choir for the traditional service and leads the band for the contemporary service, and he runs a band camp for kids every summer. Stan’s gifts are an invaluable part of camp year after year. See Stan’s website

Severin Browne

Severin was raised in a musical family where all the children were expected to play an instrument. He began with accordion, then moved to drums and saxophone before settling on guitar at the ripe old age of ten. His older brother Jackson, a talented singer/songwriter with many albums for the Asylum/Elektra labels, started out as first chair cornet in the elementary school band, where Severin soon joined him on the drums.

A former Motown recording artist and staff songwriter, Severin continues to enchant audiences with his clear voice, masterful guitar playing and finely crafted songs. After leaving Motown in the mid-seventies, Severin spent his time writing and performing in the Los Angeles area, where his songs were recorded by Thelma Houston, Patti Dahlstrom, Colin Blunstone, Twiggy, The Dillards, and Pamela Stanley, who had a Billboard #15 hit with Severin’s “I Don’t Want To Talk About It.”

His three post-Motown CDs, From the Edge of The World (1996), This Twisted Road (2001), and Lucky Man—A Songwriter’s Notebook (2012) have gotten great reviews. With roots in pop, jazz, country, rock and R&B, Severin surprises his acoustic audiences with his melodies. See Severine’s website

Sara Glaser

Sara has been writing songs for two decades and is an enthusiastic member of The Mudpuddle Shop gang. Raised in a musical family, she ran away from home to join The Hanes Family, an ecclectic folk-y group for which the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse created a new genre—World Mountain Music. She recently released her first album of original songs, Cinders in the Wind. A veteran graphic designer for the music industry, she has created CD packaging, websites, and other promotional materials for Holly Near, Laurie Lewis, Brittany Haas, Kitka, Ray Bierl, Wake the Dead and many others. She is happy to answer questions about copyrighting, publishing, streaming distribution, and CD packaging options. See Sara’s website

Rebecca Troon

Rebecca accompanies herself on guitar, banjo and percussion. She won first place in songwriting at the Gig Harbor Folk Festival in Washington in 2007. Her song “Animal Skin” was a finalist in the 2011 International Acoustic Music Awards, Best Folk/Americana/Roots category. She’s a member of the Honeysuckle Possums, a harmony-based old-time, originals and bluegrass band. CDs: Turning Around and Animal Skin. Past gigs: Bodie House, Auburn House Concert Series, Magic Juju Houseboat series, Trinity Backstage, Songtree Concert Series; also, Live Oak, Gig Harbor, Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention and Parkfield music festivals. See Rebecca’s website

Mark Dann

Mark Dann, producer, songwriter, instrumentalist.

Mark is a staple of the East Coast scene, and a musical Diehard battery at song camp as teacher and coach here in the West. A top-notch bassist and professional recording engineer for more than 30 years, he has worked with hundreds of artists at his studios in New York City and Woodstock, including engineering and playing on the legendary Fast Folk Musical Magazine recordings. He’ll be everywhere at song camp—tap Mark for bass lessons, combo performance help, chart writing, and Mac Garageband 101. He’s also the camp Guitar Doctor… we think he has a blue Gui-Tardis. See Mark’s website