Jesse Bardwell is a musician born and raised in northwest New Jersey, but currently lives in close proximity to the beautiful Delaware Water Gap in Northeastern Pennsylvania. With an innate calling to music, he started his musical career early on; Quimby Mountain Band formed in 2005 when he was 17 years old. Over the years garnering regional acclaim and touring from the Atlantic to the mighty Mississippi QMB has raised a ruckus in Delta jukejoints, theatres, bars, dives, concert halls, and all the likes in between. Opening for acts such as Railroad Earth, Keller Williams, Marshall Tucker Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Foghat and many others.
Throughout the years his song writing has leant itself more to the ear of early country and Americana. Writing songs for the band and other self indulgences has, over time, allowed him to form musical collaborations with many fine players from near and far. In addition to working on releasing his own solo "EP" (recorded in Nashville), his musical involvements include:
Jesse Bardwell and the Free Union is an Americana-Roots outfit comprised of; Jesse Bardwell of the Del. Water Gap region of NJ/PA. San Francisco Bay Area based Elliott Peck and Grahame Lesh, along with Paul Figueroa from New Jersey. Peck, who joined Bardwell on his inaugural European tour, plays guitar and piano in her band “Midnight North” in addition to singing with Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead’s bands “Phil Lesh and Friends” and “Terrapin Family Band”. Grahame Lesh, guitar player and singer-songwriter, fills out the band on bass. As a founding member of “Midnight North” and “Terrapin Family Band” cornerstone, he has toured the world from Fuji to New York City. Paul Figueroa, life long friend and musical cohort of Bardwell, takes to the drums with an indelible groove. His previous band, Crobot, toured the U.S. and Europe in support of many major acts such as Motorhead, Clutch and Volbeat. These 3 join Bardwell in a musical revelry of deep-rooted Americana. Relentlessly filling rooms with a passionate sound since 2005, Bardwell has played over both sides of the Atlantic. He has shared the bill and stage with such acts as “Railroad Earth” the “Marshall Tucker Band”, Steve Forbert and countless others. Jesse Bardwell and the Free Union fashion a refulgent blend of Americana, country, roots and folk music. Their sets are comprised of both original works and a few pieces of adoration torn from the time-strewn pages of the great American songbook.
Cannons In the Cornfield is a traditional bluegrass and folk quintet. Comprised of members Joe Cirotti- fiddle/guitar, Harry Noble- banjo/guitar, Bob Noble- bass fiddle, Matt Schmidt- guitar, Jesse Bardwell- mandolin/guitar. Formed out of good friends who had an affinity for that old timey sound, Cannons can be seen delivering their brand of earth driven tunes around the North East.