The line-up of the band during its early days also included drummer Sterling Williams, sitar player Brian Brewer and songwriter David Motter. Williams, Brewer, and Motter departed shortly after the band released its first full-length LP, entitled Goldenwest. Afterwards, Jeff Shoop joined the band, which moved to Jade Tree Records.
Drummer McAlister contributed to Sufjan Stevens' album Illinois. (Note that Ester is misspelled as "Esther.")