about us

Linda Martin - Keyboard, Vocals
Ron Pagan - Guitar, Keyboard, Vocals
Eric Stever - Saxophone, Vocals
Wil Anderson - Bass
Tanner Byrom - Drums

Linda Martin grew up on the back bay in Los Osos climbing oak trees and losing boots in the sticky mud. A classical pianist by training, she sang and played the piano and organ at her childhood church ...until she discovered the blues. Now Linda considers herself "a good girl gone bad." She is a dynamic and soulful singer with contagious high-energy that brings a unique groove to Back Bay Betty.

Ron Pagan is a self-taught musician who never took lessons. He grew up in the New York/New Jersey area and was surrounded by the music of many cultures. His father used to bring home records by artists such as Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Ike and Tina Turner, Temptations, Aretha, Ray Charles, etc. so Ron was immersed in many of the great artists at an early age. He started playing guitar at age 12 and never stopped. He also acquired a keyboard and taught himself to play by ear. He used to come home from school, put on a record, and play it over and over until he figured out every song. He still does that but uses a computer these days. Ron writes, reads, and improvises music. "It's my fountain of youth", he says. He records many of his compositions at his home studio. "These days, all you need is a Laptop, guitar or three, and a keyboard to do a whole album". Oh, and let's not forget talent! To Ron, it's all about getting into a groove and playing tastefully to serve the song. He wants people to feel what he feels when he is vibing to something that grooves. What a perfect addition to Back Bay Betty... welcome to the family Ron!


Eric Stever has played with multiple bands on the Central Coast including The Big Daddy's Blues Band, The Usual Suspects, Run For Cover, Backstreet Blues Band, Dave  Miller, The William Wingfield Quartet and now with Back Bay Betty.  A multiple instrumentalist and teacher he has now focused primarily on saxophone.  Influences include David Sanborn, Michael Brecker and Stanley Turrentine. From an early age he has exhibited the ability to find the groove in any setting to enhance his surrounding vibe. He will tickle your senses and make you feel like dancing.

Bassist Wil Anderson is a native to the Central Coast of California, playing the bass as his only focused instrument for over 30 years. During this time, he has recorded and shared the stage with several artists such as Dave Miller, The Stata-Tones, Orphan John and The Abandoned, The Byrom Brothers and many more. Wil is also highly regarded as a "right hand player" and a groove and pocket specialist playing both upright and electric bass with a primary focus on blues, roots and Americana music. His style has been said to have touches of Leeland Sklar, Pino Paladino and Willie J. Campbell. 

Tanner Byrom: "I started playing percussion at 3 years old, with my dad playing guitar. he would turn to me and say, "How do you do that stay in time with me?" It amazed him.  After I quit riding motor cross at 16, I began playing in bars with guys much older than me. I turned 21 playing in a bar and told the club owner I was 22  so that he would not get in trouble.  In 1995 I joined Big House with my brother Monty, and we were signed to MCA records and had a top 40 hit. "

 

Linda Martin

Linda Martin

Ron Pagan

Ron Pagan

Eric Stever

Eric Stever

Wil Anderson

Wil Anderson

Tanner Byrom

Tanner Byrom

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