Dan Crary is a pioneer of flatpicking guitar solos in a bluegrass band, right up there with founding fathers Doc Watson, Clarence White and Norman Blake in carving a role for the flatpick guitar soloist in bluegrass music.
Bill Evans is an internationally loved five-string banjo life force. Whether he’s lending his instrumental chops to a blazing fiddle tune or performing one of his original compositions, Bill is one of contemporary banjo’s treasures.
Wally Barnick (bass & vocals) describes himself as “principally a singer who some 40 years ago took up playing bass guitar in order to ensure a place in the band.” His warm vocals and engaging stage presence are a perfect complement to Dan and Bill’s instrumental fireworks.
A Crary, Evans & Barnick show includes new songs and old stories, blazing instrumental artistry, and deep-down, powerfully-felt musical moments. It’s whistling winds in the pines, rambling boys and tragic girls, joys and laughter from old times, furious and foot-tapping instrumental tunes, and a little touch of glory-to-God. And it’s the hovering ghosts of Jimmie Rogers and The Carter Family and Bill and Lester and Earl and Woody and all the greats who showed the way.
Crary, Evans and Barnick perform on both Saturday and Sunday.
Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band and has performed and recorded since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in Nashville has bestowed several awards upon Laurie, including Female Vocalist of the Year (twice); Song of the Year for her recording of “Who Will Watch the Home Place”; and shared awards for Album of the Year for True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe and Recorded Event of the Year for True Life Blues and Follow Me Back to the Fold: A Tribute to Women in Bluegrass.
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands perform on both Saturday and Sunday.
The DownTown Mountain Boys, based in Seattle, Washington, is the Pacific Northwest’s most exciting and accomplished bluegrass band. Veteran bluegrassers and recording artists Terry Enyeart (bass, lead and harmony vocals), Dave Keenan (banjo, fiddle, lead and harmony vocals), Don Share (guitar, lead and harmony vocals), Tom Moran (Mandolin) and Paul Elliott (fiddle), seen for years in such popular Northwest bands as Ranch Romance, Rural Delivery, Rainy Pass, and Who’s Driving?, have come together in a match made in musical heaven. Take three-part harmonies that send shivers up your spine, add dazzling instrumental firepower, and you have the sound of The DownTown Mountain Boys.
The DownTown Boys will perform on Sunday only.
Formed in the winter of 2013, on the Front Range of Colorado, Ragged Union has made a name for itself at renowned festivals and events in the US and the UK, as an ‘updated-traditional’ original bluegrass band. The music sounds of a piece with the bluegrass tradition, with modern and varied songwriting, lyrics, and arrangements that allow it a comfortable co-existence in the trad., progressive, and jam grass worlds. The band has appeared at IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass, Northwest String Summit, John Hartford Memorial Festival, Darrington Bluegrass Festival, Topanga Festival, and major UK festivals including Shrewsbury, Musicport, Didmarton and Purbeck Valley Festival.
Ragged Union will perform on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Lonesome Town Painters are Vancouver’s traditional bluegrass standard-bearers. Having gravitated toward each other in late-night local jam sessions, and by way of their mutual adoration for the Stanley Brothers, these fellas harken back to the raw and ragged edge of the genre. Their high-lonesome harmony singing and melodic instrumentation pay homage to bluegrass pioneers, while their spirited performances kick the dust off of golden-era favourites, and bristle with emotional honesty. Playing an eclectic mix of songs about love and loss, the odd original, and gospel, The Lonesome Town Painters would be equally at home in the barroom on Saturday night and the next morning’s church service, comfortable treading that fine line between perdition and salvation.
The Lonesome Town Painters will perform on both Saturday and Sunday.
What happens when the side-men of several well known bluegrass groups team up with a couple of talented youngsters who are new to the Northwest bluegrass scene? String Theory! This group is comprised of some of the best musicians in the area who are diverse in age and musical taste. The result is a performance that is sure to please the most hard-core traditionalist as well as folks who may be experiencing bluegrass music for the first time. The members in String Theory always have a great time performing for audiences. Their picking skills, humor and energy is sure to endear you to this talented group of guys.
Modern Tradition is an energetic new band on the scene that delightfully blends the bluegrass music of their roots with their own unique flavor. Because the band boasts members from five different states across the country, Modern Tradition is able to construct a well-rounded and artistically diverse sound that encompasses the musical essence of each region’s distinctive heritage. From smooth old country favorites to fresh original music, Modern Tradition is sure to keep your toes tapping and your ears perked at every performance. The band, formerly known as #mashtag, was the winner of the 2017 SPBGMA International Bluegrass Band Championship.
Modern Tradition will perform on both Saturday and Sunday.
Blue Summit combines accomplished instrumental work with powerful vocals and a lose interpretation to traditional bluegrass music. Taking in elements from western swing, soul, folk, jazz, old time, and rock, this band puts their heart into their projects. They have additionally been recognized as NCBS Band of the Year. At the head of the group is AJ Lee, eight-time winning NCBS Female Vocalist of the Year, and 2018 Mandolin Player of the Year.
Katelyn & The Roosevelts
“Katelyn & the Roosevelts” is Katelyn Nichols with her Grandparents Steve & Jane McMahon and often the crew from “Roosevelt Road” as her band. Katelyn is a talented 13 year old young lady with a beautiful and powerful voice. Katelyn performs at festivals, fairs and other venues when she’s not in school. She is a strong rhythm guitar player and lets loose with dynamic lead guitar as well. Katelyn also plays in the Eisenhower school Jazz band.
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The members of Story House have played everything from folky singer-songwriter stuff to rock and roll, jazz, country and twin-fiddle Bill Monroe bluegrass.
Tim also contributes many fine originals to the band.
Pete Goodall plays mandolin with the band. He has an uncanny ability to find the heart of a song and embrace it with his
The Prozac Mtn Boys, as their name suggests, offer an uplifting, therapeutic mixture of traditional, bluegrass and modern music. Composed of musicians from Washington State’s northernmost counties, The Prozac Mtn Boys combine bluegrass instrumentation with rich vocal harmonies to create a surprisingly familiar, intimate blend of yesterday and today. From Bill Monroe to Bob Dylan, from The Beatles to The Grateful Dead, no music is safe from The Prozac Mtn Boys.
The Prozac Mtn Boys are: Andy Friedlander (guitar), Ted O’Connell (mandolin, harmonica), Larry Sult (banjo), Keith Fredrikson (bass), John Daughtry (dobro).
Don’t miss The Prozac Mtn Boys. Your universe will never be the same. Trust us.
Roosevelt Road is a band of well experienced musicians bringing decades of experience and styles including great Bluegrass, Americana and Gospel music to the NW.
Jane McMahon’s vocals are beautiful and pure. Jane has a personalized 5 string Banjo style that pleases the listener.
Steve McMahon Loves to explore his Bass for that ‘other run’ and he adds great vocals to the mix as well.
Mike Janda, like the rest of Roosevelt Road, has been involved in the NW music scene for many years. His guitar style compliments Bluegrass and Americana styles and his hometown vocal has a unique and soothing tone.
Loren Postma, Dobro Guru adds a unique and pleasant sound to the band. Loren also sings lead and harmony vocals.
Robbie (John) Bennett is one of the NW finest fiddle players. His fiddle playing is so pleasant and smooth its a joy to hear. He rounds out Roosevelt Road with his high and lonesome bluegrass vocals as well.
Together, Roosevelt Road produces a great energized sound with entertaining arrangements from hard driving songs to smooth story telling songs.
Mostly Merle is a group of long-time bluegrass community members and good friends with varying instrumental and vocal capabilities. Most members of this group came together from a recording session in 2017. Mostly Merle is a country band with a Bluegrass flavor.
Robbie Berg from Bellingham, WA is the newest member to join the group. While most consider the pedal steel guitar outside the bluegrass realm, Robbie’s expertise and flair add a dimension to this group that everyone will really enjoy.
Bob Martin from Blaine, WA has been in the Northwest bluegrass scene for many years. Playing at festivals, jams, senior centers and other events has made him a well know name around these events. Recently opening the “Darrington Bluegrass Festival” with the band “The Combinations Band” he is well versed on guitar, banjo and mandolin.
Lyle Hjort from Arlington, WA has also been on the Northwest bluegrass and country scene for many years. As a stranger to hardly anyone, Lyle’s vocals on the old county songs from Merle Haggard and Hank Williams are well known at bluegrass festivals and jams. His vocal harmony is well sought around bluegrass jams. Lyle plays both dobro and guitar, but his steady beat and control of the bass is among his great talents.
Curt Fields from Richland, WA will be joining us for the this festival. Curt is a masterful guitarist and makes his Thompson guitar sing. He also plays in other bands including “The Badger Mountain Boys” and the great “Rusty Hinges” bluegrass band. Curt can be found at many bluegrass festivals and jams adding that much needed dimension to any group of musicians.
Fred Holt from Lake Tapps, WA rounds out the field with his country style of vocals and guitar pickin’. He has played for many years from the 1970’s to present. Fred, played in different groups with the US Air Force and after 10 years of service to our country, decided to return to civilian life and lived for few years in Austin, TX where he traveled extensively with various bands. During that time Fred played many shows in honky-tonks, dance halls and street dances. He and his band were privileged to open shows for Conway Twitty, Brenda Lee, Mel Tillis, Alabama and others.
Rusty Hinges grew out of the bluegrass jam circles at local festivals. Their music is a blend of traditional and contemporary bluegrass and Americana. Each member of Rusty Hinges is a veteran of the Pacific Northwest bluegrass scene. Their collective experience results in a musical program that is polished and entertaining.
Band members: Jim Delfel, guitar/vocals; Al Price, banjo/vocals; Ron Clark, mandolin; Curt Fields, guitar; Jan Delfel, bass. https://www.facebook.com/rustyhingesPNW