John Hoffman plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bass. John studied music at George Peabody school of music in Nashville, Tennesee and also worked on the side as a studio musician and music instructor. He is what they call in the business, "a musician's musician." John plays bass, sings and adds vocal harmonies for Mokelume Crossing.

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Doug Spainhower began  drumming in a "boy band" in San Francisco when he was younger. He brings years of experience in rock n roll, but is equally comfortable with multiple genre platforms on his digital kit.

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Jonathan Lack received a degree in music from San Jose State University. Afterward he turned to folk music and found a home playing the fiddle, mandolin and banjo. Lack also adds cello and dobro to Jackson’s songs, creating new layers to the music. Lack has played “old-timey” and Irish gigs locally in the foothills for around 20 years, including membership in the Fiddletown String Band. He was a member with Gil Vanover in a band headlined by late songwriter and county sheriff, Ken Blake. He also plays music with his wife at the Church of the Nazarene and in an Amador band called Sutter’s Fancy. He joined Mokelumne Crossing in 2009.

Gil Vanover is a 40 year veteran of the guitar and harmonica. After his first “Wedding” band Gil spent several years in Midnight Ryder, a country rock band. In 1985 he moved from Michigan to California and quickly became a hit with the Headin’ West band. Gil has also played with the RBX oldies band, the late songwriter, Ken Blake, Amador County Sheriff, and his local church band. He joined Mokelumne Crossing in 2009 and is one of the core members that make up the creative vibes that defines Mokelumne Crossings overall sound. Gil can rock the house as well as sing.


Patricia Jackson started a group in 1994 called “Little Danger" in Stockton, Ca. and co-produced three albums with Stockton, Ca. musicians: Everywhere I Look (1994) with George Schuler, Rodney Alcover and Jeff Lorenz; Out of the Blue (2005) with George Schuler, Jeff Lorenz, Jeremy Norris; Eggshell Paint (2006) Jeff Turner and George Schuler.  She plays guitar and is the singer/ songwriter in Mokelume Crossing since 2008. Her CD's are available at the Calaveras County Arts Council. Jackson resides in Calaveras County.