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About The Band

Hell Bent brings together their collective life-long passion for music and the pleasure of sharing that music throughout the Northern California music community.  They play a blend of original songs and favorite covers that reflect being influenced by traditional Blue Grass/Old Time artists, the Folk/Rock scene of the 60s and 70s, and the current Americana music environment.


Years of commitment and practice have yielded results. Lead guitar, mandolin and banjo player, Rick Sims has for years been a widely respected mainstay in the Blue Grass/Old Time music community.  Rick has finished fourth in the State of California guitar flat picking contests.  A winner of three Sammy awards, Tom Gunterman learned and played Bluegrass in Japan during his years teaching there, and like Rick, currently plays in several other performing groups.  Fred Stephenson, is an outstanding bass player that is also called upon to perform with several other musical groups throughout Northern California.  Dan Smithson is the singer/songwriter of the group who also adds rhythm guitar and occasional percussion while enjoying the musical journey.

Tom Gunterman

Fred Stephenson

Danny Smithson

Rick Sims

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