The shortest-lived of two San Francisco-based bands with the same name, the Waybacks attempted unsuccessfully to break through with a dynamic style of alternative pop and folk-rock. A five-piece group, the Waybacks centered around guitarist and songwriter Jeff Rollings and lead vocalist Jenna Mammina. A native of Bloomington, IN, Rollins was the son of an actress and a lawyer. Learning to play guitar, at the age of eight, he graduated from Cornell University before sharpening his instrumental skills with a series of bar bands in Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, and Chicago. Rollings' brother, Matthew, is a Nashville-based session keyboardist and producer. Michigan-born Mammina is the younger sister of two singing brothers. Moving to San Francisco, after briefly attending Michigan State, she began to incorporate her R&B and Motown-influenced repertoire with elements of West Coast pop and jazz. As a session vocalist, Mammina has recorded and/or performed with En Vogue, Bobby McFerrin, and the Spinners. Rollings and Mammina began performing together shortly after meeting backstage at a Lyle Lovett show in Berkeley.