The Skeleton Keys are the full band version of Spencer & Rains… with lots of double fiddle.
The band came about when Tricia and Howard recorded The Old Texas Fiddle, Vol II. They gathered together a group of dear musical friends: Charlie and Nancy Hartness of Athens, GA on ukulele and guitar, respectively, Brendan Doyle of Oakland, CA on banjo, and Virginia Musser, of Lawrence, KS, on bass. When the band started performing, Emily Mann of San Francisco, CA took over the bass duties.
The Skeleton Keys specialize in early Texas fiddle tunes as well as old tunes from the Midwest and the Spencer Family in particular. Centered around Spencer & Rains’ twin fiddling, Doyle’s pitch-perfect fiddle-like banjo style, and the Hartness’s and Mann’s air-glide rhythm, the Keys create their own unique sound but stay true to the roots of the music.
The band members have their own projects: Charlie and Nancy as Hawk Proof Rooster, Brendan is a member of The Cliffhangers, and Emily tours with her duo Paper Wings, but they all find great joy in coming together to play those old Texas fiddle tunes.