Rose City Band
‘Porch music’, a term coined by acclaimed guitarist and vocalist Ripley Johnson, aptly describes his country psychedelic rock project Rose City Band. At first inspired by warmer months, Johnson has now embarked on a forever summer, as his project now lives in tandem as a traveling band populated by pedal steel guitarist Barry Walker, keyboardist Paul Hasenberg, bassist Dewey Mahood (AKA Plankton Wat) and drummer Dustin Dybvig. Driven by the same unbridled spirit as The Grateful Dead, Johnson says his songs (such as the ones on 2023’s ‘Garden Party’) remain unfinished until they are played before an audience.
Photography by Sanae Yamada