Toe-tapping, heartwarming BLUEGRASS music
Stillhouse Road features the talents of Joe and Paula Ferrario, who have been active in the Southern Utah music scene for 10 years. The band performs a special blend of bluegrass and mountain music, country classics, and fiddle tunes. They were drawn to bluegrass, as Paula reflects, "because it speaks to everyone. The music deals with common denominators - the joys and sorrows of life that we all experience."
Joe's original songs are a driving force behind the band's popularity, in addition to his unique bass and mandolin solos. Audiences are also drawn to the warmth and power of Paula's lead vocals, and her genuine heartfelt delivery which brings depth to the music. Their performances come alive with vibrant harmonies, skilled instrumentation, and a dynamic energy that attracts fans of all ages. The band's growing appeal includes performances ranging from St. George, Springdale, Cedar City, Las Vegas, and California.
Typical sets include music from first generation artists such as Bill Monroe and Reno & Smiley; contemporary artists such as Del McCoury and Patty Loveless; traditional songs from the Carter Family and other archives; and classics from Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.
" Since forming Stillhouse Road, we have found our home in a music genre full of
passion, honesty, and creativity. To us, Bluegrass music is uniquely alive, because of
the community of artists and fans that keep it fresh and interesting. " - Paula
Joe Ferrario - vocals, mandolin, bass
Joe was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. After performing with many local bands, he joined Los Angeles band "Fifteen Minutes", which was signed by Chrysalis Music/EMI. He later returned to Santa Barbara and helped form the popular country band "Spaghetti Western." The band released three studio albums, developed an association with Curb Records (MGM), and opened for major country artists such as John Barry, Steve Azar, Carlene Carter, the Smokin' Armadillos, BR5-49, and Jessica Andrews. A notable songwriting credit for Joe includes "Lost Cowboys" (co-written with Kenny Warren), which was featured in the movie "The Devil's Playground."
Upon moving to St. George in 2003, Joe found his true calling in bluegrass music. His songwriting style and lead/harmony vocals were a perfect match. His original bluegrass songs have been featured at the St. George KONY Country Showdown finals, and on the band's debut album. His smokin' bass solos are fan favorites at live performances, and his mandolin skills add sparkle and punch to the band's music.
Paula Ferrario - vocals, guitar, fiddle
Paula was born in Layton, Utah and spent her youth living abroad in Greece and England before settling down in Santa Barbara, California. She immediately fell in love with old-time, Irish, and contra dance fiddle music through the inspiration of violin maker Jim Wimmer. After moving to St. George, she took up the acoustic guitar, and immersed herself in modern and traditional bluegrass music. She began to develop her singing style, and has since become appreciated for her warm and soulful vocal talents which are so perfectly suited to bluegrass. It is her passion for the music, and the purely honest delivery, that captivate her audience.
Paula continues to pursue her first love of playing the fiddle, and will often surprise listeners with a delightful fiddle tune. She also enjoys making song selections for the band and collaborating with Joe in his songwriting endeavors.