Earnest songwriting, dedication to craft, and genuine care for the music is at the forefront of what they do. “We
never tell each other what to play. You can feel when the music is right”. Winners of 2019 RockGrass band competition!
Skillful picking and expert three and four-part harmonies are just part of what you can expect from the Dogwood String Band, who have been plying their brand of high-energy acoustic music across the Pacific Northwest. Contemporary bluegrass-fueled Americana.
Home-Style bluegrass filled with powerful harmonies, traditional and original songs as well as tasty instrumentals combining the American genres of bluegrass, old time, gospel, folk and country music.
A long time ago in Vancouver, Washington, there was a place called The Steeple Center, an old church where bluegrass classes were held. It is where we met and "steeped" ourselves in the music.
IMEA 2015 Bluegrass Group of the Year Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising is all about the stories and the stories of everyday America are what you get frm these four personable entertainers.
Back in 2018, banjo music innovator Tom Nechville joined forces with his musical soulmate, Linda Leavitt and their mutual musical journey began.
Linda’s experience as a lead singer in several Portland-area bluegrass bands, including Mountain Honey, and her southern gospel bluegrass roots and soulful voice meet Tom’s heartfelt baritone and his inventive multi-genre Scruggs/Melodic style banjo playing. Their mix draws from Bluegrass, Classic Country, originals and 70’s one hit wonders. Join The Lois & Clark Expedition on their road of discovery.
Whistlin' Rufus has delighted family audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest for several years. Three and four part vocal harmonies, exciting instrumentation and contagious fun are part of the Rufusarian bluegrass experience.
Tried and Blue is a three-piece Northwest Bluegrass string-band performing traditional bluegrass and new-grass favorites to a few "bluegrassified" versions of folk, country and rock classics. With plenty of of 2 and 3 part harmony and lively guitar and mandolin instrumental breaks, you are surely going to be entertained!
Homemade Jam features Bill and Margot O’Sullivan on mandolin and fiddle, and Bob and Michelle Hall on guitar and bass fiddle. All four performers sing and occasionally there is some trading around of instruments. This group plays a wide variety of acoustic music, from blues to bluegrass and Celtic to swing, and musical adventures in between! There is always something for everyone to enjoy.
If you were to bump into a member of the County Fools in the real world - walking the streets of Portland, kicked back on a barstool, or wandering in a hayfield - you might think to yourself "Hey, these are some good timin' guys.
A Lost Creek Cocktail is made with two parts Traditional Bluegrass, one part Old-time fiddle tunes, and a splash of Honkytonk - served up with a stout on the side. It's delightful. Come and enjoy.
Virtuosic instrumentation and keening brother duo harmonies define modern bluegrass band Fog Holler. With inspiration ranging from The Stanley Brothers to Buck Owens to Primus, Fog Holler's original music is truly a new shade of grass.
Rock Ridge specializes in deep groove bluesy driving rhythm, stellar vocals, and stunning
instrumentals. Their repertoire includes traditional and contemporary bluegrass, originals,
old-time country, and gospel. Reviewers say: “This is good, straight-ahead bluegrass!”.
Crowd-pleasers Kristen Grainger & True North have cleaned up on national songwriting awards at Telluride, Wildflower, and MerleFest with their gorgeous harmonies and great instrumentation.
Oregon’s Best Americana Dynamic Duo
Slipshod is Matt Snook (dobro and banjo) and Steve Blanchard (guitar and mandolin). They met a number of years ago as part of the Northwest Bluegrass community and became fast friends and picking partners.