New Monsoon announced yesterday that Ben Bernstein is leaving the band to pursue other opportunities. Ben had played bass with New Monsoon since February 2004, and played on Live at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and The Sound.
Today the band announced that Ron Johnson will be joining the band, effective December 1st. Johnson is best known for his work with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. Johnson is currently finishing a stint with Chris Berry and Pangea, and has also toured and recorded with Mike Dillon's Go-Go Ray. Johnson's first performances with New Monsoon will take place in California and Colorado in December
Portland-area bassist Marshall Harrell will be touring with New Monsoon in November until Johnson comes aboard.