It all started around the riverside campfires of the Sierra Nevada mountains while working summers as whitewater raft guides outside of Yosemite National Park. One friend brings a soulful new song to the crew. The song is played on repeat all summer long. This song inspires one person, then another, then another and becomes the anthem of the season. It's the perfect recipe for the beginnings of a band.
With no service on the river and only the means of our own minds to keep us entertained, we often turned to music and fun after long days on the river. What started out with repeat playings of the song Trucker Speed turned to multiple guitars picking and drums playing as the days waned on. We became a rag-tag mix of guides and friends meshing in to what became known as the Merced River Truck Stop Band, a mix of whoever was around that night, playing songs we knew best. As we played on and realized that a core group of us were actually pretty good at this together, what was just jamming around the campfire quickly morphed in to what is now High Water Mark, booking music festivals and local bars by the end of that first summer. It took a trip to Baja to solidify the band, come up with the official band name (an homage to our river roots) and set our sights on the next steps—booking shows, recording an album and sharing our music and lives with you.
The rivers and the mountains brought us together and we share with you the threads of our lives; of adventures lived, of heartache and heartbreak, of life on the road. We hope you'll join us one of these days, at a small bar in some back-end outlaw town, dancing in the front row while we play on the stage of some music festival or around the campfire on a river close to home.