Welcome back to Claremont Heritage’s Treasury of Claremont Music. Today we celebrate #InternationalWomen’sDay by looking back on the Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade. Jen Rosen founded the Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade in 2001. The collective started as a group of young women playing folk music on a back porch in Claremont and soon bloomed into a band. Their music can be described as eclectic folk combining bluegrass ballads, American blues, modern folk, beatnik jazz, and Irish originals. Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade played locally in Claremont and toured the coast of California and the Southwest. In 2003, the group recorded the album Home. In 2005, Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade recorded their second album, Bittersweet Bending. Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade recorded their third and final album, Peace of Mind, in 2010 with Trae Governatori on percussion and vocals. Though the Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade disbanded in 2015, on February 17, 2020, the group gave a spirited performance at Claremont Heritage.
Click here (https://soundcloud.com/treasuryofclaremontmusic/sugar-mountain-mama-serenade-peace-of-mind-from-peace-of-mind-2010) to listen to Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade’s Peace of Mind.
Photography by Althea Sachs