The Band

Esquela, a proud purveyor of the Bovina Rock sound, is not limited by its rural roots but grounded in them and uses its provenance as a springboard to sing about universals that fans can appreciate. War, politics, relationships and the banalities of everyday life, provide fodder for the band’s original songwriting while a talented and passionate group of musicians wrap those lyrics in a roots-rock-Americana sound that both beguiles and charms its listeners.

John “Chico” Finn

Vocals, bass

A Bovina lifer, Finn grew up listening to 8-track tapes of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, among other country and bluegrass artists. Later influences handed down from older brother Danny, included The Ramones, The Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and NRBQ. Along the way, he discovered Bruce Springsteen, The Band, and The Replacements. Chris Knight, Todd Snider, and Keith Christopher make Continue reading

Rebecca Frame

Vocals

An upstater by way of North Carolina, Rebecca spent portions of her childhood summers in East Meredith, New York. Today, she counts herself lucky to call the Catskills foothills home. She and boyfriend, fellow bandmate Brian Shafer, reside in a parsonage in Richmondville.

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Brian Shafer

Lead guitar

Brian Shafer spent many a Sunday afternoon camping out in his brother’s bedroom, listening to three-hour playbacks of an affiliated Hard Rock/Heavy Metal radio show recorded on cassette tapes. Then, along came MTV and Circus Magazine, cultural touchstones that solidified his education as a rocker. Hair bands of the 80s and early 90s were big influences as well as jam bands, country blues, funk, 70’s guitar rock, and singer- Continue reading

Todd Russell

Drums, vocals

From over the hill in Delhi, New York, Todd Russell was singing and being serenaded as a youngster. School at Delaware Academy further fueled his musical education and inspiration. His parents were behind him all the way, supporting his musical endeavors. This included the requisite garage drum set where he and friends would jam on Sundays (after church, of course).

The Stones, fellow Esquela band mates Keith Christopher and Brian Shafer, classic R&B, Eric Ambel, Credence Clearwater Revival, and Neil Young have helped shape his musical framework. Russell prides himself on being comfortable across a wide range of musical genres, pointing to his punk band gig during his study abroad year in South Africa, to a brief fling with an Atlanta hardcore band, and up to present day musical endeavors with Liquid Me and Esquela. Continue reading

Matt Woodin

Mandolin, guitar

Matt Woodin grew up in the hamlet of Andes, New York, and attended Delaware Academy where the drums became his instrument of choice. The radio was a running soundtrack in his childhood home. The Band, The Grateful Dead, Dire Straits, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and all things Motown, further informed his musical path growing up.

Ever evolving as a musician, Woodin added guitar and mandolin to Continue reading