From: CA, United States
The Tulips features Jared Petrich (vocals, guitars, harmonica) Dana Rogge (vocals, keys) and Corey Gash (drums). The group has quickly emerged as one of the leading bands of the psychedelic folk revival movement. They have played at venues and clubs across the West and their music has been heard by millions on network television.
The group’s debut album, Mother Universe, was just officially completed and released. The music for the album was written in forests and around oceans and they dedicate their sound to those who preserved these places of inspiration: John Muir, patron saint of the American wilderness, and to activist and singer/songwriter Pete Seeger, who played a principal role on the East Coast in cleaning up America’s Hudson River. The Tulips’ second album will include music that Seeger’s late colleague, Woody Guthrie, composed while living in California.
The Tulips song “Without a Friend” was featured in the made-for-television movie, “Bringing Ashley Home”, which aired throughout 2011 on the Lifetime network. The official music video for "Without A Friend" has also recently been released which stars Mark Beltzman, funny man of hit movies "Billy Madison" and "Wedding Singer". An earlier song written and sung by Petrich, “I Want You Now,” was featured on ABC’s hit show “Grey’s Anatomy”.
The psych folk revival reflected in the Tulips music strongly favors ambient instrumentation. Chanting, early music and world music influences are often found. Much like its rock counterpart, psychedelic folk is often known for a peculiar, trance-like, and atmospheric sound. Their Psych folk lyrics are often concerned with such subjects as the natural world, love and beauty and try to evoke an altered state of mind.
Petrich and Rogge are both dedicated West Coast environmental and peace activists with strong roots in the traditions and folklore of the coastal and Sierra Nevada backcountry.
Jared Petrich was born in Northern California and spent many summers in the High Sierras where his parents maintain a family cabin from the late 1800's in a national forest near Mineral King. Jared grew up in a musical family, his mother sang, his father played piano while Jared and his brother worked their way through a series of local bay area bands.
Dana Rogge was born in Santa Cruz and lived in the mountains above that city until she was ten. She is the child of two Texas-born conservative hippies, and the granddaughter of grass roots non denominational preachers who roamed the West and Canada playing Gospel folk music. She plays organ and sings. Her grandparents have an album of their own out from there time preaching to the native indians and Intuits in Canada's Carcajou, Chinchaga, and Keg River called Christ in Me.
Corey Gash is a Southern California native. He is a celebrated artist, designer, and music engineer in addition to being a skilled musician and drummer. Gash studied drums with drum legend Jeff Porcaro and uses his artistic senses to come up with creative and unique drum sounds.
Woody in the West
Woody Guthrie is a constant musical inspiration and muse for Jared who has an extensive collection of Guthrie’s work including his treasured Columbia River recordings about the construction of public works dams and other projects in the Pacific Northwest which was funded and sponsored as a WPA Art Project by the federal government during the Great Depression.
Says Jared: “Living in Los Angeles has its ups and downs but I loved the fact that Woody lived on Preston Avenue in Echo Park – called “Red Hill” because most of the lefties in Los Angeles during the Depression lived there. It is still a progressive neighborhood where concern for the poor and the working man come first."