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How Come You Do Me Like You Do


Playing Songs from The Gay 90s through the 30s

2016 Santa's Grotto with Way Back When

Get your toes tappin' and your smiles on when you hear the music of Way Back When. We're based in Shingle Springs, CA and will happily travel throughout El Dorado County or the greater Sacramento area to provide entertainment for your special occasions.

We play the "Pop" music that brings back happy memories of earlier, and simpler times, such as "All of Me," "Bye Bye Blackbird," and "When You're Smiling." Then mix in a little Country with "San Antonio Rose," Ragtime Cowboy Joe," and "Your Cheatin' Heart." We'll sometimes add "new" songs from the 40s or 50s like "Radio," or "Piano Roll Blues," but we always keep that fun banjo music front and center.

Santa Train 2015 Way Back When Band

Meet the Musicians:

Dave SeiberDave Sieber-tuba: He started out playing trumpet in high school, until he got kicked out of the band because he got caught playing football when he was supposed to be at band rehearsal. After trying 3 times to get back into band, the band leader finally let him in if he would switch to the only instrument left, the tuba. He’s never regretted the choice; although, he is also a great stand-up bass player.

Jim MatthewsJim Mathews-banjo or bass guitar: A dedicated railroad buff, he's the one who got the band involved with playing regularly for the Placerville & Sacramento Valley Rail Road excursion trains out of Folsom, including the Nello Olivo Wine Train excursions, and the special trains to Santa's Grotto in December and the Great Pumpkin Patch in October.. He got started playing banjo back in the 60s when everyone else seemed to play guitar, and he wanted to be different. He bought his first banjo for $15 in Mountain Home, Arkansas, while visiting his grandfather. He says he’s not sure whether buying that banjo, or learning to milk his grandfather's goat, was the most exciting happening that summer.

Phil AndersonPhil Anderson-lead banjo: Phil has been playing banjo since 1962, when he played regularly in Bay Area Shakey’s, as well as other pizza parlors. An accomplished self-trained musician, he played stand-up bass in The South Town Strummers, and other Greater Bay Area bands, but banjo remains his instrument of choice. He's also a pretty good piano player.

Bev Ludlow AndersonBev Anderson-vocals & washboard: singing the old songs was just part of growing up. She sang barbershop with the Sweet Adenines chorus, including a few years as baritone in a quartet, Renaissance Fair. After several years of musical hiatus, she started voice lessons, joined the El Dorado Hills Senior Funtime Band, and met Seiber, who encouraged her to sing with the Sacramento Jazz Society on their Second Sundays, where she eventually earned Gold Card Musician status. Dave was also instrumental in getting her to sing with the Banjo Band at Straw Hat Pizza, where she met the other musicians, and together with Phil, started the “Way Back When Band.”

Barbara Kampe-banjo: Started playing banjo about years ago and

Linda Mitchell-banjo: A relative newcomer to the banjo...

Contact Information
Bev Ludlow Anderson: (530) 391-2489,       or Phil Anderson: (530) 903-4309
email to Bev at WayBackWhenBand.com