The Pine Needles were founded in February of 2005 out of a love for the organic, vital tones of the American acoustic stringed instruments. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay area, the band has evolved from a duo with just bass and guitar, to a trio with mandolin, to a quartet with percussion, bass, guitar, and violin. The band began by performing mostly historic American folk and jazz standards from the 20th century, eventually turning to composing in a variety of genres including bluegrass, soul, acoustic folk rock, gypsy jazz, and progressive acoustic music. In 2010 the band released their self titled debut CD “The Pine Needles” which received several distinctions including being a finalist in the 8th annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) competition, and a 4 out of 5 star review from the United Kingdom's esteemed “Maverick” Magazine. The band's CD received significant international radio airplay and was added to the Pandora Music Genome Project and is heard on the Pandora site.