Since that fateful gathering one evening down along the Oakville Cross Road, these wine-country cowboys have planted their roots deep within the Napa Valley wine and music scenes and have graced stages throughout California, Nashville and New Orleans.
The Silverado Pickups are comprised of some of Napa Valley’s most esteemed vintners and wine industry professionals. Their distinct sound was born in the sun-drenched vineyards, resulting in an honest original combination of classic rock, country, and California rockabilly.
Band members and coconspirators include Napa Valley wine industry veterans David Duncan of Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars (vocals and harmonica), Jeff Gargiulo of Gargiulo Vineyards (lead guitar), Shane Soldinger with Silver Trident Winery (vocals and guitar), Dan Zepponi of Cuvaison (lead guitar), professional percussionist Joe Shotwell, notable wine-industry advisor Paul Hoffman (keys) and local bassist and GIS specialist Jack Hines (bass guitar).
The Pickups have created an original sound of wine infused California Country Rock. While some have described their music as ‘Americana’ others have called it ‘Corked Country’. The band has shared the stage with Lucinda Williams, Chuck Leavell, David Pack, Billy Dean and Radney Foster. They’ve opened for legends such as Leon Russell, and Tim McGraw. The Silverado Pickups are veteran performers to music festivals including Bottle Rock Napa Valley as well as Boudin Bourbon & Beer – New Orleans.
In the spring of 2022, the Silverado Pickups recorded their highly anticipated debut album “Bacon, Butter and Salt” at Blackbird Studio in Nashville.