Viola & the Brakemen were established in 2012 by singer\songwriter Brian White from Tucson, AZ. The band has grown grateful for the ability to play through out the Southwest and is comprised of Keith Gomora, Kristin Straka, Jessica Ludwig and Matthew Tress.  The band resides in Flagstaff, AZ. 

Viola & the Brakemen have played multiple festivals including Pickin in the Pines, Flagstaff’s Hullabaloo, The Cornucopia Festival, the Flagstaff Folk Festival, Made in the Shade Beer festival, Yavapai College’s Welcome Back Week, New Mexico’s Road to Rich’s Festival and they have shared the stage with artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Steep Canyon Rangers, Calexico, The Infamous String Dusters and L.A.’s Rose’s Pawn Shop.

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Where Green is Golden by Viola & the Brakemen


From left to right: Kristin Straka (fiddle, vocals), Brian White (guitar, vocals & harmonica), Keith Gomora (bass, vocals), Jessica Ludwig (percussion, vocals) & Matthew Tress (percussion, cajón)

Son of Brian White, Jackie Allen White plays with his dad at a local Farmer’s Market. Song: Farm Living by Brian White

As We Evolve pt. 1 (Song: When You Would Say by Brian White)                    See the Full Video Here

As We Evolve pt. 2 (Song: Summer’s Holiday by Brian White)                          See the Full Video Here

Thrown stone skipped pond it’s all rippled free
Swans in flight burning lights all over green
Oceans pull the poles in time will bring
Clouds that paint pictures over the sea
Verse from "Black Country Woman" by Brian White