Not So Young, out of Santa Cruz Ca, is a dedicated group of musicians that capture the mood and raw energy of the classic Neil Young song book. Representing over 40 years of Neil Young music, Not So Young delivers a wide assortment from the Godfather of Grunge. Every time you see “Not So Young” perform, you will be glad you came out to “Feel the Neil”!
When Jim was growing up, music was an everyday experience at home. Jim's mother loved to dance and sing along with the greats of the Swing-era including Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and her favorite, Ella Fitzgerald. At an early age, Jim's mother enrolled him in piano and then later ukulele lessons. Jim's older brother formed a rock band in high school exposing Jim to greats such as The Stones, The Beatles, Jethro Tull and Procol Harum. But it was the music of singer/songwriters such as James Taylor, Jackson Browne, John Prine and Neil Young that drove Jim to pick up an acoustic guitar and make it his passion for the rest of his life. "I love all kinds of music but for me, regardless of the genre, it all gets down to one thing... a great song. That's the thing I love about Neil. It's all about the song." When he's not performing in NSY, Jim works on writing songs and occasionally performs as a singer/songwriter doing both covers and originals.
Keith has played and toured with some noteworthy bands and musicians, which include Jefferson Starship, Quicksilver Messenger Service, It's a Beautiful Day, Jerry Miller (Moby Grape) and Terry Haggerty (Sons of Champlin). As well, he has worked with the Bay area's Kevin Cadogan, former songwriter/guitarist for Third Eye Blind playing drums in the studio recording and playing live gigs. keith also refularly works and records with Prairie Prince (The Tubes, Todd Rundgren, Jefferson Starship), as well as Jim Thomas, writer and guitarist of The Mermen at the LEROX and Mermen Studios. Keith specializes in the rhythm section playing drums, bass and Rhythm Guitar laying down a solid foundation for a variety of different styles of music.
Bassist Dave Handloff grew up on the sounds of The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Poco, The Eagles, Neil Young and many others in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960's. He has played electric guitar and bass for several acts as well as being a professional sound engineer on large scale tours for nearly 20 years. The experience of working thousands of shows helping other musicians express their artistry created an enormous desire in Dave to come out of his shell and express his inner Neil! He has known Jim, Dylan, and Keith for over 30 years. "Without a doubt, my favorite moments are when I'm playing with these guys. I am optimistic that our best shows are ahead of us and that's what keeps me going."
Initially inspired by the music played by his parents at home, Dylan picked up the guitar at an early age and eventually developed a keen interest for many different styles of playing. After studying privately throughout high school, he furthered his knowledge and proficiency at Musician's Institute in Hollywood while continuing to pursue his own musical project. Today, he primarily enjoys recording and touring with his own established band as well as teaching lessons and gigging with various local acts during months spent off the road.