The String Cheese Incident
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The String Cheese Incident, one of the bands involved in the jam movement of the mid-to-late 1990s, formed in Boulder, Colorado in 1993. The band was composed of Michael Kang (acoustic/electric mandolin, electric guitar, and violin), Michael Travis (drums and percussion), Bill Nershi (acoustic guitar, lap steel guitar, and electric slide guitar), Kyle Hollingsworth (piano, organ, Rhodes, and accordion), and Keith Moseley (bass guitar), and, in 2006, Jason Hann, an auxiliary percussionist. Their music is strongly influenced by bluegrass sounds, as well as forays into rock, calypso, country, funk, jazz, Latin, reggae, and occasional psychedelia. The String Cheese Incident (often abbreviated to SCI) has been described as a democratic ensemble rather than a band, since all of the members contribute their own original compositions to the group's burgeoning library and share vocal duties on a number of cover versions as well as their own songs. If a de facto leader had to be named, such a title would probably fall upon Nershi, who is responsible for the bulk of the group's original song library. According to the band's website http://www.stringcheeseincident.com "After summer 2007, Billy Nershi is leaving The String Cheese Incident to pursue other musical projects." The source of the band's name is shrouded in mystery.