Rita does perform solo but is most often joined by Sean Feder on dobro and banjo, and sometimes by Bill Dakin on upright bass, or Kora Feder on banjo and mandolin. Below is a list of musicians that often play with Rita.

Sean Feder

Sean plays dobro, banjo, various guitars, percussion, and sings with Rita as her primary accompanist. His three decades of music performance has been eclectic with a strong penchant towards everything rooted in rhythm.  His music career includes collaborative performance and recording projects with several notable rhythmic and melodic masters, such as Arthur Hull (Village Music Circles), Hershel Yatovitz (of Chris Isaak), and Joe Craven.  For ten years Sean taught afro-latin style hand drumming classes at UC Davis and to private groups between Sacramento and Berkeley.  He still occasionally provides lively percussion to the Bay Area modern celtic stalwarts, Driving with Fergus. With a foundation of guitar since age 10 and piano since age 6, ten years ago he embarked on a journey into the energizing twang and spark of banjo and dobro. This largely self-taught adventure has been enhanced by lessons from the likes of Bill Evans (banjo) and Rob Ickes (dobro).  Sean ably serves the groove and melody in order to reveal and kindle the spirit of the music.  Another of Sean's musical projects is a band called The Muddy Waders.
He once (long ago) named a steer "Baseballa," and he especially likes when he's asked to sign a baseball...


 

Bill Dakin

Bill has provided upright bass, vocals and guitar to Rita's music since 2005.  His love for roots music runs deep whether it is The Stanley Brothers, The Carter Family, or Doc Boggs, but his musical influences include Neil Young, Camper Van Beethoven, Miles Davis and Bill Frisell. His soulful and sensitive playing and singing rounds out the trio sound.  Bill loves to talk about music and musicians, and he plays in another band (with Sean Feder) called The Muddy Waders, as well as What's Left and Shepherd's Pie.   He also has a cute dog that loves him very much.

Kora Feder

Kora Feder is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and exceptional singer.  From age 5 she trained in Suzuki violin with teacher Florie Brown (Golden Bough) and then with Angela Kost at the Davis Waldorf School.  Along the way her aptitude for strings has applied to many different instruments, including clawhammer banjo, guitar, and mandolin.    Kora sang on and created a video for Live in the 16 to 1 Mine, is featured in a co-write with Rita and two other songs on Rita's 2013 CD release, Little Boat, is heard singing on Rita's 2015 release, Frankie and the No-Go Road, and is featured as a co-writer and performer on Rita's 2018 release, For Real.  Now based in New York City, Kora recently made a beautiful EP called Marigolds, "the carefully conceived work of a thoroughly engaging and exceptionally capable storyteller," - Lonely Ghost Burning.  It's available now for listening and purchase at her website, www.korafeder.com .   

Rich Brotherton

Rich is the full time guitar player and harmony singer in the Robert Earl Keen Band.  That means he doesn't do live shows much with Rita, but he is a very important figure in her music.  When not riding the bus or playing with REK, Rich creates music out of his awesome little recording studio in Austin, Texas called Ace Recording.  He produced, recorded, mixed and performed on all four of Rita's last CD releases--Come Sunrise (2009), Burn (2011), Little Boat (2013) and Frankie and the No-Go Road (2015).   He has been cited twice as Best Acoustic Guitarist and once as Best Producer by the Austin Chronicle's Austin Music Awards, and he received the Louis Benezet Award from Colorado College for outstanding achievement by an alumnus.  In addition to Rita's records, Rich's production credits include Robert Earl Keen's Farm Fresh Onions and What I Really Mean, Caroline Herring's Lantana, and many more.  You can hear the old Harmony tenor guitar that Rich first learned chords on back in Augusta, Georgia at age 8 on Rita's album Little Boat.  Thank you, Rich!

Fergus

Fergus' full name is Fergus Fox Feder the First, of the Weasley clan.  He plays the fife, the fiddle, and the french horn, and he's heavily influenced by the Foo Fighters.  Fergus is fairly ferocious, his favorite sport is fishing (frisbee was too much work,) and he prefers not to frolic.  Fergie also prefers napping to touring, so he mostly stays home. That's fffine with him.