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wendy girard

April 24, 2015

Saw your show last night in Carpinteria. Loved it! You guys are so fun to watch! Thanks for coming to Carp. Wendy

Shaun Lawton

March 30, 2015

Saw you guys up in Laguna Beach last week, love your sound and traditional setup. Keep it up, hope you make it big!!

Vanessa Vasquez

March 22, 2015

Went to my first festival and you were the first band I saw and heard. Absolutely amazing!!! I was not disappointed. You guys are my new favorite band!!

Brad Bowling

November 24, 2014

Great show at Sawdust. First time I've seen you guys play. Keep me informed on upcoming local So CA events

Clark Williams

October 12, 2014

The show at mission brewery was very good. Thanks for coming all the way down here to San Diego. I look forward to seeing you guys again!


October 11, 2014

Finally got to see you play last night in San Diego and I was not disappointed. You guys were great. Even my non-bluegrass-folksy friends loved you. And wow Chelsea is so beautiful in person!

Bernie & Theresa Niehus

October 5, 2014

Miss seeing you all...
Hoping we can catch yas soon!!
Love you,
Bernie & Theresa

Pageant of the Masters Rachel

August 23, 2014

Fabulous set last night at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach. Seriously, one of the best bands to play all summer. Thanks for the encore!


August 17, 2014

Missed you for the dig in Ventura but hoping to catch y'all at the Sawdust. Be well, play on, play on.

Marie Updegrove

August 9, 2014

Saw you in Temecula last night and fell in love with you guys!!

Come back to Temecula soon please!!

Tracy Burman

July 20, 2014

LOVE you GUYS! : )
We travel all the way from Vegas to see you sometimes!


June 26, 2014

Listening to the new Suites CD for about the billionth time. Easily my favorite album of the year... gets better every time I hear it! Love you guys!!


May 30, 2014

Saw you guys playing today. Thank you for sharing your hearts. Truly sent the happies through my entire body.


December 22, 2013

I saw you at cafe gratitude and told you twice how beautiful your music was!! You
are seriously so talented! How can I stay up to date on your show dates? Do you
frequently come to santa cruz? Let me know! Thanks and keep playing, your music is
seriously inspirational!

Ann Stockert

November 11, 2013

We had a wonderful time at D'Ambino's in Paso Robles on 11/08/13!!! Thank You for a great time and we will see you when you return in January 2014...

Dan OBrien

November 10, 2013

Great show last night at Alpine Hills! First time I've seen you guys and it won't be the last. Already made a visit to the iTunes Store for a couple of your songs. Thanks for some amazing music. You rock! Dan

lara becker

September 8, 2013

Saw Scott playing on the street in Santa Cruz, Thursday. we were all impressed and my husband made the comment "we'll be seeing him on American Idol soon". My son was downtown last night with his buddies. They ended up running into Scott because there was a rather large crowd gathering around him. They each bought a CD which I am now listening to. We had no idea there was a whole band! Glad to have stumbled across your music! We are instant fans!


August 19, 2013

We will miss you all but wish you all well and Scott and Chelsea have fun on your trips to Canada and France and let me know if you would like me as a roady.lolHope to see you soon upon your return.much Love Whistler.

Perry Richardson

July 23, 2013

Saw your show in Paso Robles (we wre the obnixous ones with Whistler). What a great show all of you were great hope in make in back in the area again. GREAT MUSIC

Gerry Stephens

June 29, 2013

Loved you at the Cliff!

Michelle Nichole

June 22, 2013

You guys killed it in City Walk. I love your music. It's music for the soul. Keep it up and hope to hear more. Good vibes, Michelle ????

Jennie Williams

June 14, 2013

Enjoying you at Huck Finn!

Lukas Alzamora

June 10, 2013

Dear Salty Suites,
My name is Lukas and I'm 11 years old
I lately saw a concert by you guys at Zoey's Cafe. I had such a fun time that i couldn't stop laughing. I had such an amazing time! The night was perfect. Good music and friends, can't get any better. By the end of the concert, I KNEW that I had to get a signed CD. I really love you guys! You guys are my favorite band

Jan Marie

June 8, 2013

I'm just hearing you on a folk station in Second Life, and LOVE IT! Your rendition of Hallelujah drew tears. You got a new fan here! Where can I hear more?

Henry Lyles

May 8, 2013

My new favorite band!

Lesley Stampleman

April 8, 2013

Thanks for making Pacific Ave. a great music spot on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Come back to Santa Cruz soon!

Manthri Srinath

April 7, 2013

That was a nice surprise and a pleasant diversion on a lazy Sunday afternoon :-)

I hope you enjoyed using that Lulu's gift card. Thanks for making the streets a more joyful place to be. Much luck to you in your careers!

Chris Melcer

April 6, 2013

Thank goodness you were back in Santa Cruz! My youngest daughter and I saw you several weeks ago and we bought the live album (at something cellars I think) and it's been in the rotation since! We love it - along with van halen, weezer, and the peppers of course. Today I was with both my daughters just shuffling down pacific and I heard this familiar sound and you were back! After about an hour my oldest made us leave because she had to go "study". Anyway - I don't know where to start but each of you is great - I love the vibe - your voices - the writing. Thanks for singing "Salty Eyes" for me or for Santa Cruz that is. That song's been a life saver of late. Peace out. Please come back. Play a venue next time and let me know in advance so I can bring a bunch of friends to fatten your wallets. Your biggest fan, Chris.

Kathy O'Donnell

March 24, 2013

My sister & I (from Boston & Maine) were going through Temecula last weekend, stopped to catch some of the Bluegrass Festival and had the pleasure of hearing you guys perform. Great musicianship, great vocals, great heart. We loved you! Please keep us on any mailing list so we know when you CD is coming out.

Jim Sappington

March 18, 2013

Scott, we've enjoyed seeing you play at the Temecula BG Fest. and other SoCal venues since '06 (POB). Better every year...truly a mando virtuoso! You've always seemed to put together such talents, now with Chelsea, Elaine and Chuck. Absolutely phenomenal!

Oh and BTW, thanks for "Lowlands" during your last set in the theater yesterday. I like to think you did since I asked if you would ;)

Daniel Boggs

March 7, 2013

Love you guys!!!

Joey Basu

February 2, 2013

"Always enjoyed listening to your band, but it's been really cool to hear your most recent clips & see you all getting even more talented. Great stuff, Salty Suites."


January 26, 2013

I love your voices and songs. You brought tears of happiness and joy with ur music! Thank you!!!

Steve Terry

January 9, 2013

Hi Scott,
After breaking down and crying while listening to you sing on Pacific Ave yesterday,
I had to write to tell you why. Your voice singing the words of the song (Tall
Cliffs) just drew it out of me. I couldn't stop it. Take care of your gift. Thanks,
Scott! Let me know when you have a gig in Santa Cruz. I'll be there!


December 8, 2012

My friend Caylee Norrod brought me to see you guys because she said you were her favorite band. I expected nothing less than fantastic musicianship, but somehow I got more. You guys were charismatic, extremely talented, and friendly as well as accommodating. I loved the performance and bought a CD immediately after. Thank you for the experience.


Shelley Kilgore

December 2, 2012

It was great meeting you at The Coffee Gallery Backstage on November 14, 2012. I was in awe of your talent and feel lucky to have caught your show during my trip out west!
Scott- The Salty Suites CD is still in my car. I can't stop singing "Hear the Thunder" and "Time to Time..."

Please see my article that was just published about Bob's venue, as well as excerpts about your show that night.

Enjoy and best of luck to you! Please let me know if you ever make it to the mid-west. :)


Angelina Murzi

October 12, 2012

it was such a treat seeing Scott in Santa Cruz singing and playing downtown on Pacific.. I thought he was just a kid playing on the street corner with an exceptional talent... And when I asked him his name, he humbly told me with no mention of fame or popularity... What a humble beautiful young man you are...
My husband and I spent at least an hour there listening to you... We are still humming your songs... i wish all the best things in the world for you kid...
God Bless you and hold you close
Angelina and Peter Dunne

Patty Lyons

September 9, 2012

forgot to sign in at Frett House last nite.. You guys are amazing (saw you originally at Cal tech.. )


August 27, 2012


I have seen the Salty Suites play many times and I just had to write and say that
last night's show was the best ever. I mentioned it to Bob on my way out and he
wholeheartedly agreed.

Your vocals never sounded better (you must really be working hard on that), and your
fiddle player was just amazing.



Mel and Pat Anderson

August 13, 2012

We saw you in Victorville 8/13/2012, got your new C D . We are enjoying the music very much. Thank You for sharing your music with us


August 5, 2012

Congratulations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As an old guy, leanin' back on the porch and watching your
efforts , I can't say how much work it's been,
but I can say that I really appreciate all that you all have done so far..........

Thanks for the update. I'll get some CD's when you blaze through the
Coffee Gallery later this month.

Stay well and happy


Bernie & Theresa Niehus

August 3, 2012

Salty Suites:
You put on an awesome show at the hot summer nights in Temecula tonight.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new CD....listened to it all the way home.
See you Friday night up in Victorville...
Thank you,
Bernie & Theresa Niehus-Lake Elsinore, CA

Theresa Niehus

July 1, 2012

Will be in Oregon the whole month of August...
Missing a lot of your shows...:( :( :(
See you in Sept. for you guy's...


May 16, 2012

Grisman @ R.I.P. Levon Helm would for sure be toe tapping to you four.

Thanks a lot.



May 16, 2012

Liked the show at O'side so much, i bought two CD's.
Hope to catch all of you again sometime soon.

Enjoy as long as possible.

Salty Suites

April 25, 2012

Gotta say it... The Salty Suites love and appreciate all the fans of our music...Sincerely. We love all of you and how hard you spread the word. A flood begins with a single drop of rain!


April 25, 2012

My friends & I heard you at Cal Tech last Saturday evening. What a delightful group and a fun evening. We also had sushi before the show!

We will no doubt be seeing you at The Coffee Gallery: Backstage in Altadena soon.

Keep up the good work.


Beach Vickers

April 24, 2012

I was a virgin fan. Thanks for a toe-tapping great evening!

Elizabeth Carlton Chase

April 24, 2012

So creatively rejuvenated and emotionally charged from an evening with Chelsea Williams and The Salty Suites. If you haven't seen these geniuses, catch 'em soon. They're going to be HUGE! ♥

Donna Sweet

April 23, 2012

"It was a fun evening. You all have great energy on stage. The small venue allowed us to interact easily with sing alongs and an occasional question from the audience. Your combined musical talents made for a thoroughly entertaining time. I hope you have many more opportunities to perform and expand your fan base."

Ron Murray

April 16, 2012

The CD is great. Heard the band the first time at their recent performance at Abounding Grace Chapel in Tucson. Performance made us solid fans. Particularly enjoyed Chelsea's part. Her voice is perfect and the expression during the song is something that few artists have.

Cliff Bonardi

March 22, 2012

Congrats to all of you! You guys rock! :-)

Theresa & Bernie Niehus

March 19, 2012

We watched both of your shows at the Temecula Bluegrass festival and enjoyed them.
Such talented young musicians with a GREAT future ahead of you!!!
Keep up the GOOD work and see you next time around....:) :)

Tim Mahoney

March 19, 2012

I saw your performance yesterday in Temecula. Wow, I had goose bumps watching such
talent. Fun to watch the bass player. Chelsea's voice is so smooth and powerful
hitting all the highs and lows. Scott's mandolin playing reminds me of Bella Fleck
with some
Bob Dylan vocals. I design and build custom furniture and am also a luthier that
likes to add inlay to my work. I went to the shows to get inspired on making my
next guitar, maybe a baritone. Thank you for making my afternoon. Such talent.
I'm sure I'll be seeing more of your band in the future. Well done.
Tim Mahoney

Roger Grace

March 19, 2012

@ The Temecula Bluegrass Festival--Before I even rounded the corner of the hot dog restaurant where the makeshift "rainy day" stage had been set up, I heard the music and thought "Here we go!". Stuck around for the second show at the theater where we could actually see and hear--so much individual talent beautifully blended in a well-crafted set. Thanks for an outstanding experience.

Shannon Dillon

March 6, 2012

I saw you at cafe gratitude and told you twice how beautiful your music was!! You
are seriously so talented! How can I stay up to date on your show dates? Do you
frequently come to santa cruz? Let me know! Thanks and keep playing, your music is
seriously inspirational!

Jill Angeline

February 29, 2012

Hearing Scott play on the street the other day brought me back to life. Thank you!

KAT Moser

February 29, 2012

I LOVE that you put Dusty Boots Corral on here. Site looks good. I'm still looking for the Salty Suites sample CD and looking forward to buying the first Salty Suites CD. Love you guys (and gals).

Jim Brock Photography

February 29, 2012

Enjoyed the show and look forward to following the band as you continue to build your audience. Big string fan and really enjoyed everyone's playing, arrangements of older tunes, original comps. Chelsea's joy and stage presence was especially contagious.

Jill Angeline

February 29, 2012

Hello - Saw you in Santa Cruz today. Sending links of you, Salty Suites, etc. to all my bluegrass buddies in Indiana

Elizabeth Carlton Chase

February 9, 2012

"Great show last night! Can't WAIT for the next one! ♥"

Deb Hopewell

January 29, 2012

Busking in Santa Cruz:
Just wanted to tell you that Friday night was what I call one of those "unexpected music moments." I heard something those few minutes that you can never try to find - it just happens. Sorry my husband and I hadn't finished dinner sooner so I could have heard more. I watched some of your vids on youtube ... John McEuen - why was I not at all surprised?
Not sure if you have a mailing list but if so, would love to join it. I looked on your calendar, don't see anything on it yet that's closer to these parts, but if I find myself in SoCal for any reason, I'll try to find a show.

Best wishes in your pursuits (Chris Thile better watch out),

Jessica Wilson

January 24, 2012

I still think you are really super good, but now I think you have competition for "best ever".

Jesse Hopkins

January 24, 2012

Awesome site! I am excited to hear that you guys have a CD coming out. Hope to pick one up this June at Huck Finn. Thanks, Jesse (Mini-Mando Guy)

Jessica Wilson

December 6, 2011

Scott Gates plays the best music ever in the history of anything ever.


December 5, 2011

Nothing has ever made me stop & watch the SCV channel before tonight. You guys had me hooked! Love the name, sound, everything!


December 5, 2011

I was channel surfing and found you on SCV channel. your group is awesome. truly pickin and grinin. love you guys, keep it up

Dean Coy

October 29, 2011

Amazing show tonight, love your "sound" came back to Paso and D'Ambino's soon

Jim Davis

October 29, 2011

GREAT SHOW !!!! .... your acoustic rendition of The Hellecaster's "Inspector Gadget" was phenomenal

Mike Kosin

October 29, 2011

Who would have thunk that the mandolin was actually a lead guitar! Your harmonies were amazing and you left Paso Robles as the talk of the town. Thanks again for another great show and I look forward to working with you all again

Mike Kosin

October 29, 2011

Who would have thunk that the mandolin was actually a lead guitar! Your harmonies were amazing and you left Paso Robles as the talk of the town. Thanks again for another great show and I look forward to working with you all again

Jessica Padills

October 27, 2011

Thank you for a terrific performance yesterday! One of the pleasures of my job is introducing our patrons to terrific musicians and they had such wonderful feedback about Scott and were thrilled to hear him perform.

Jessica Padilla

October 27, 2011

Thank you for a terrific performance yesterday! One of the pleasures of my job is introducing our patrons to terrific musicians and they had such wonderful feedback about Scott and were thrilled to hear him perform

Jerry Johnston

October 18, 2011

I want to thank Scott for being at the Kings River Festival his performance was great as usual.


October 4, 2011

Was at Pacific Garden Mall Santa Cruz today and there on the street corner Scott was playing his mandolin and singing bluegrass etc. What an unexpected joy. Scott, God blessed you w/an awsome gift and you are blessing people w/it. Thank You. Really liked your song Salty Eyes. I am definetly a fan....Can you tell?


September 8, 2011

Hi Scott,
I came across a video of you and Chelsea playing on YouTube and was absolutely
amazed. I think the Salty Suites are a group of very talented individuals and I hope
that you make it through Arizona someday so that I can see you play live! I am a
mandolin player myself and have been inspired by your mandolin playing and Chelsea's
singing to get out and do some open mics and I would like to thank you for inspiring

Taya Crayk-Bonde

August 22, 2011

"I saw a huge write up in the paper about Scott, and decided to check you guys out:) Utter talent..all of you. Btw, Hi Scott:D Keep everything up. -Taya"

Douglas C. Brown

August 6, 2011

Was pleasantly surprised to discover the group at the Sawdust Art Festival August 5th. Nice mix of material and arrangements. At the end of the day, I explored YouTube for Chelsea's solo videos/songs. This band is a PERFECT fit for her vocals, material and energy. You guys & ladies have to stick together...the sum is greater than the sum of the parts!

Theresa Niehus

August 1, 2011

"You guys were AWESOME up in Big Bear.....see you in Laguna Beach....we are hooked on you now....:) :)"

Linda Richards

August 1, 2011

pls put us on your mailing list. We heard you at Big Bear and are very excited to
follow you! thx

Caroline Tandy Quintanilla

July 31, 2011

"You guys were awesome last night! Thanks for coming up the mountain for us."

Tom Schwartz

July 23, 2011

Saw the band on Santa Clarita tv last now and I was blown away. I am going to come see you guys live. Just fantastic music. Thanks.

Susie Laio

July 8, 2011

Your group was Soooo great at El Dorado Park Nature Center.
Glad we've discovered you!

Jason Culwell

July 8, 2011

Great Music last night! I am a new fan!!!!!!!!!

Glenn & Kirstin Tidwell

July 7, 2011

We LOVE you guys, saw you in Calico & at El dorado Park , tonight. Awesome! Please let us know when you get a CD. We Really want one. Thanks again & God Bless your band ! :)

William Bulow

June 20, 2011

I really love what your are doing. It is absolutly amazing! I am looking forward hearing more from you and your Salty Suites and I hope you will have the opportunity to come visit Sweden in a future not far from now. Keep up the good work, it is really inspiring!

Bob Henderson

June 13, 2011

Unreal night at Zoey's in Ventura! The Salty Suites pulled out all the stops and played for almost 2 hours!
Oops - that should've said "almost 3 hours!

Lisa O'Kane

June 13, 2011

You guys were awesome last night!

Paul Barnes

May 31, 2011

Great to see your new band. I hope to be visiting Santa Fe some time this year. If I do I will try and catch up with you at a show.
Best for the Future
The Barnes Familiy

The Salty Suites Band

May 19, 2011

Thanks for the nice comments, we all had a great time sharing the music with everyone at topanga! Thanks for listening!

Jessica Sapinoso

May 19, 2011

i agree you guys were awesome!

Vanessa Alderete

May 19, 2011

Great Job today! My boyfriend and I really enjoyed you guys!!

Heather Matthews Holst

May 19, 2011

You guys were AMAZING!!! A very bright future for all of you, I am sure!! :O)

Shemanski 5

May 19, 2011

You guys were great at the Topanga fest yesterday! Can't wait til you get a CD out!

Ron Sarfaty

May 19, 2011

It was a wonderful day and Scott and the Salty Suites were incredible as usual!!

Uncle Butch Hibben

May 19, 2011

the Salty Suites were great!

Bob Henderson

May 19, 2011

Great show, great day, stayed until the end. Looked for you and Mimi; sorry we missed you! We saw a guy test-driving a mando at one of the vendors. His head was down so we couldn't see his face. Wendy said "This guy is pretty good." I just ...smiled and told her "Duh, that's Scott!" (His girlfriend was standing there too - that was another clue!) I wish Paramount Ranch would hold an event like that quarterly, if not monthly!

Julie schell

May 15, 2011

So glad to see you at Calico. I saw you 3 times and enjoyed you ever time.

Karen Przywara

May 9, 2011

We had a great time! You guys are so much fun!

Wendy Henderson

May 9, 2011

"Great Show!! We thouroughly enjoyed them! Can't wait until next weekend at Paramount!"
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