Bill Evans-Banjo In America

July 6, 2014

 For fans of banjo music these are some great shows including a Concert Window performance you can watch anywhere!! You can enjoy former Wintergrass performer Bill Evans amazing solo concert banjo spectacular “The Banjo in America” anywhere in the world with just a computer via Concert Window on Sunday, July 13 at 7:30 pm Pacific Time Bill presents 250 years of banjo music on a variety of vintage instruments, tracing the story of the banjo from its West African roots through 19th and 20th century America to his own dazzling original compositions and arrangements.

Seattle area shows
Saturday, July 12, Seattle
Bluegrass Banjo Workshops at Dusty Strings: Jam Survival Skills from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Working Up Scruggs Style Solos from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each session $40. 3406 Fremont Avenue North, 206-634-1662 for reservations.

The Banjo in America in Concert, Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave N, 8 p.m., $12 advance / $15 at the door. For concert info, For advance tickets, visit
To find out more about Bill, visit



Cahalen & Eli – John Reischman and Greg Spatz ! Two Great Duos Together @ The Triple Door in Seattle

March 23, 2014

image   Cahalen Morrison & Eli West are, simply put, two of the most innovative and subtle roots musicians today. Their music draws from old folk sources, but it sounds vibrantly alive. Cahalen Morrison writes songs that sound like a Cormac McCarthy novel: simple, beautifully crafted, and seemingly formed from raw natural elements. Eli West brings jagged, angular arrangements based in bluegrass and old-time, but refracted through a 21st century lens. Like Ansel Adams’ photogra

phy, their music is instantly accessible and built from the simplest materials, but at the same time seems to transcend its base fundamentals. Together, Cahalen and Eli tap the root of the old country and bluegrass duets. As the sparse landscapes of Cahalen’s vocals reflect the warm glow of Eli’s voice, it’s clear that this duo was made to sing together.  The show this Thursday night 03-27-14 is all ages at the Triple Door in Seattle .Also on the bill is former Wintergrass performers mandolinist John Reischman and fiddler Greg Spatz.

Nectar Lounge Bluegrass/Americana Shows Spring 2014

March 21, 2014

Our friends at the Nectar Lounge in Fremont, WA will be featuring a bunch of shows with bluegrass/Americana bands. First up this weekend March 22 and 23rd 2014 have two shows. Bluegrass is featured on Saturday 3-22-2014 with Nectar & The PBJ Presenting HEAD FOR THE HILLS ,Left Coast Country and The Warren G. Hardings. $8aapril verchdv / $12dos

head for hills

8pm doors 21+ and Sunday 03-23-2014 a bluegrass/folk show with THE APRIL VERCH BAND and Squirrel Butter $12adv / $15dos 7pm doors 7:30pm show 21+

Upcoming shows include

3.28 Friday (Americana / Roots / Blues)
Nectar and The PBJ Present:
HILLSTOMP CD Release Party
Heels To The Hardwood
Blake Noble
$8adv / $10dos
8pm doors
3.29 Saturday (Country / Americana)
Nectar Presents:
Weatherside Whiskey Band
Deception Past
The North Woods
$5adv / $8dos
8pm doors
5.1 Thursday (Country / Bluegrass)
Nectar & The PBJ Present:
Mayday! Bluegrass! w/
The Blackberry Bushes
Jacob & Melody (of Front Country)
$6adv / $10dos
8pm doors
5.15 Thursday (Bluegrass Allman Brothers)
Nectar & The PBJ Present:
An Evening With:
performing the music of
plus a full set of originals
$10adv / $15dos
8pm doors
5.16 Friday (Americana / Acoustic Roots)
Banjo Killers Present:
“Black Mountain” Album Release
with Tony Furtado
special guest Samson Grisman
and more tbd
$10adv / $15dos
8pm doors
5.22 Thursday (Bluegrass)
Nectar & The PBJ Present:
The Warren G. Hardings
Renegade Stringband
Steep Ravine
$6adv / $10dos
8pm Doors
6.5 Thursday (Folk / Bluegrass)
Nectar & The PBJ Present:
Patchy Sanders
Br’er Rabbit
$6adv / $10dos
8pm doors
8:30pm show
7.17 Thursday (Brazilian / Latin / Bluegrass)
Nectar y El PBJ Presente:
Eduardo Mendonça & Show Brazil
The Cumbieros
$10adv / $15dos
8pm doors

Wintergrass 2014 Performers- The Modern Grass

February 26, 2014

Playing at Wintergrass for the second time, The Modern Grass found its way back to Washington all the way from eastern Canada. This bluegrass, roots, and Americana sounding quintet is comprised of five diversely talented musicians. Tom Terrell, founder of The Modern Grass, had a solo career before forming the band. He released four full length albums in addition to one EP, and released them through his own label. On his own, Terrell incorporated more jazzy and soulful styles through the use of his guitar and harmonica. Now, in The Modern Grass, Terrell provides lead vocals as well as guitar, and brings his bluesy sounds into the mix. Adam Pye plays the contra bass, and has previously played with The Moonshine Ramblers and The Bluejam Grass Band. Andrew Sneddon, also having played in The Moonshine Ramblers and The Bluejam Grass Band, complements Pye on the resonator guitar and vocals. Donald Maclennan, of Mishras Dream and Ben Capland and the Casual Smokers, chimes in on vocals and is also a renowned violinist. And the fifth member of the band, Dan MacCormack, plays the mandolin and has also been addressed as “the fastest banjo picker this side of the Mississippi.”Since joining forces in 2011, The Modern Grass has been nominated for three Music Nova Scotia Awards including Country/ Bluegrass Recording of the Year, Roots/ Traditional Recording of the Year, and Group Recording of the Year. And the fifth member of the band, Dan MacCormack, plays the mandolin and has also been addressed as “the fastest banjo picker this side of the Mississippi.”Since joining forces in 2011, The Modern Grass has been nominated for three Music Nova Scotia Awards including Country/ Bluegrass Recording of the Year, Roots/ Traditional Recording of the Year, and Group Recording of the Year. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, these boys have released five albums that have made their rounds all throughout Canada as well as the States. Their album entitled High on the Mountain won Music Nova Scotia’s Country/ Bluegrass Album of the Year and also the Roots/ Traditional Album of the Year. High on the Mountain is unique as it explores different combinations of folk, roots, and bluegrass, while still bending the genre incorporating Terrell’s versatility in sounds. With complex arrangements and a fair bit of improvisation, The Modern Grass put a refreshing spin on t OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAraditional bluegrass.

Wintergrass 2014 Performers-Beats Workin’

February 24, 2014

Commissioned by Wintergrass, Beats Working is a collaboration of four talented musicians, performing together as a group for the first and possibly only time. All four members of the band share a love for understatement topped off with dusty dry wit. They also share rarified musical taste. It seemed to us that we should push fate a bit and put them in the same room at the same time and see what happened. Peter Ostroushko is a musician and composer who pours his energy into mandolin and fiddle. Early in his career, he composed for the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He played the mandolin on Bob Dylan’s album, Blood on the Tracks, and toured regularly with Robin and Linda Williams. He was the musical director for NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion” for 25 years. With several albums released, Ostroushko won an Emmy for the soundtrack he composed for the 2005 PBS series, “Minnesota: A History of the Land”. Dowling is an American roots guitarist, inspired by Mississippi John Hurt. He has a background in jazz, blues, swing, and ragtime as well, exemplified on his first solo album called Swamp Dog Blues. He’s also appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion” as a featured guitarist. He and his wife Jan run the unique Wind River Guitar school in the upper Rockies, where one or two students at Beats Workin’Cary Black – bass David Lange – accordionMike Dowling – guitarPeter Ostroushko – mandolinThursday, Evergreen, 7:40pmFriday, Cedar, 9pmSaturday, Regency, 2:10pma time spend a week learning and living with the Dowlings. Blues in Britain has described Dowling as “one of the most relaxed and highly skilled acoustic guitar players of his generation.” David Lange is a well-respected and in-demand recording engineer who for the last 30 years has worked with and recorded top musicians at his studio in Edgewood, Washington. He is master accordion player and regularly performs with the northwest gypsy jazz band, Pearl Django. His early experiences in music competitions led him to study with Chicago-based jazz accordionist Kenny Olendorf, where he gained many of the sensibilities that guide his musical choices to this day. It’s doesn’t hurt that he’s got great ears making him a particularly sensitive and responsive player. He’s the only member of the band who has not played on Prairie Home Companion. Someone call Garrison. Cary Black, the final member of this impromptu band, is an accomplished bassist, vocalist, and producer who has played with The Kingston Trio, Mollie O’Brien, and Laurie Lewis when she won the IBMA award for Song of the Year. Also featured in “A Prairie Home Companion,” Black appeared on the Grand Ole Opry and on a variety of television networks, such as ABC, FOX, and PBS. He’s a well-respected instructor, having taught at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, as well numerous music camps.

Wintergrass 2014 Parking Information

February 23, 2014

There are 5 levels of parking below Bellevue Place, which is the complex where the Hyatt is located. There are over 1000 parking spots there. Those lots are connected directly to additional lots below Lincoln Place, right across the street.  If you are attending Wintergrass and you  park at any time during the day on Thursday and Friday  and leave after 8pm, parking is also FREE. The gate goes up at 8pm. If you leave BEFORE 8PM, there are parking charges, but there are a bunch of ways to get parking  validation – at any number of restaurants or shops. In addition to all that parking, there is a huge amount of space available across the street at Bellevue Square.  All of that parking is free but alittle bit of a walk but not that far.Parking is FREE on both Saturday and Sunday. You can see where all of the parking lots are by taking a look at the complex map.

Wintergrass 2014 Performers-The Cleverly’s

February 23, 2014


Nashville’s The Cleverly’s are alittle different than most of the bands that have appeared at Wintergrass. Best way to get an intro to them is just take alook at their website. Take alook at a few of their videos and you will see a variety of songs and a couple of introduction videos. This is the short bio on Cleverlys:

Our family comes from the remote part of the Ozark Mountains, near Cane Spur, Arkansas. We spent our days working on the family farm mostly raising our own food and growing dad’s famous pipe tobacco. I guess he grew the best pipe tobacco around. People came from as far as Big Flat to get it. We worked hard but we had fun. In the evening we played and sang. On weekends we had pickens’. There was always a big crowd around. The Cleverly Trio is our family band. It was founded by dad and his three brothers, Turk, Tink and Bunyon. The whole family at one time or another has played in the band. Since 2005 my brother Digger has taken over the band. The current members of the trio are Digger, our brothers Miles and Vernon Dean, my boy Harvey D and our cousin Otto.

Wintergrass 2014 Performers-Ricky Gene Powell & The Acoustic Laboratory

February 22, 2014

Now based in Seattle, Washington, Ricky Gene Powell was born in the Ozarks and raised in the Blue Mountain of Idaho. He is the lighthearted leader of the band, Acoustic Laboratory performing Infectious, happy, uplifting music with joy and exuberance. Classically trained in composition, he is a multi-instrumentalist and plays the mandolin, banjo, guitar, dobro, accordion, and vocals. Acoustic Lab mixes up musical concoctions from Bluegrass to traditional Brazilian music. Tim Wetmiller on fiddle is an avid student of many styles of music and plays with Hot Club Sandwich, Las Flacos and Dysfunction Junction. Yusuf Kilgore -6 & 7 String Guitar & Tres is a string player of unlimited ability and musical curiosity. Tom Rooney on guitar and vocals is a multi instrumentalist bringing Irish, Reggae and Soul influences to the mix. Banjo player Colin Klien-brings a wealth of experience in all banjo styles and regularly performs with The Eclectic Cloggers & The Seattle Folk Review. Bassist Jorge Vazquez hails from Veracruz, Mexico and brings with him a family tradition of music and dance that includes Latin Jazz & Rock, Salsa, Norteno, Tejano, and Cumbia. Fiddle player, educator and community activist, Ben Hunter, rounds out the band with passion and unfettered energy.

Wintergrass 2014 Performers -The Milk Carton Kids

February 21, 2014

The Milk Carton Kids, Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, both from Los Angeles, California, came together in early 2011, pairing their separate talents together to create what National Public Radio deems “gorgeous contemporary folk”. Ryan typically sings the lead vocals and strums chords on the guitar, while Pattengale harmonizes and adds depth with his guitar picking. The result is a hauntingly beautiful Simon & Garfunkel-like vocal display, mixed with a more country, lullaby type instrumental. The New York Times described their sound as “A sweetly dazzling variation on close-harmony vocals.” In 2012, The Milk Carton Kids were invited to play NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, just before their release of The Ash & Clay in 2013, which Performer Magazine says is, “… a further example of the duo’s ability to create songs that are both intimate and powerful, bittersweet and inspiring.” Before teaming up with Ryan, Pattengale released six solo albums, and also wrote the score for a German animated film called “Die Drei Rauber”. Ryan also released solo albums from 2005 until 2010, (the last two releases available for free), and toured throughout the United Kingdom with Beth Rowley.The two “Kids” originally met when Ryan went to go see Pattengale perform alone in Eagle Rock, California, and realized that their styles would mesh perfectly. Both tired of being solo acts, they combined forces and recorded an album using their own individual names. Once they started writing music together, however, they decided to name themselves after a character in one of their songs, a “milk carton kid”. Pluralizing the term, The Milk Carton Kids released two more albums as an indie folk duo, both of which are free to download on their website. They’ve most recently been a part of the soundtrack for the Coen Brothers film, “Inside Llweyn Davis”.

Wintergrass 2014 Performers -The Scott Law Band

February 18, 2014

Scott Law, originally from Southern California, brings the Appalachian bluegrass sound to Portland, Oregon, where he is now based. A versatile and sought-after guitar player, Law is adept at a range of styles rhythm & blues, vintage country, rock n’ roll, and bluegrass, and is equally as talented on the electric guitar as he is on the acoustic. This killer singer-songwriter released a solo album in 2009, and another electric album in 2012, quietly showcasing his flexible and imaginative playing. With articulate phrasing and impressive arrangements, Scott Law released his latest album, Black Mountain, in October 2013. He collaborated on the project with a variety of folks including Crooked Still’s Aoife O’Donovan, who has sung on National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Also collaborating on the project are The Deadly Gentlemen, a progressive bluegrass quintet that provides the majority of the instrumentals on the album. It’s a fiddle-driven, Appalachian sound, with more energy than you can imagine. Scott Law is a live performance junkie; he exudes love for the stage that allows him to perform totally unique and organic improvisations, a style much like that of
the Grateful Dead. Before the release of Black Mountain, Law played in the bands Hanuman, Brokedown in Bakersfield, and Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings. In addition, he has collaborated with Chris Funk of The Decemberists, The String Cheese Incident, Peter Rowan, and Tony Trischka. Huffington Post referred to Law as “a musician who is intently focused on his art and the pursuit of musical freedom… a versatile, talented guitarist who has been compared to Jerry Garcia, Doc Watson, Jerry Reed, Mike Bloomfield, and Clarence White.” Like Scott, the other members of his band are fully-fledged performance junkies. Bassist Sam Grisman, was a longtime member of The Deadly Gentlemen and regularly tours with various incarnations of David Grisman bands. Jack Dwyer, on mandolin, likes to call himself a shredder/songwriter and strummer for hire. He teaches at Lewis & Clark College in Portland and has toured with The Blackberry Bushes Stringband, Tim Connell, and has recently released a duet project with Ellie Hakanson. Finally Luke Price, also a teacher at Lewis & Clark, adds his passion for infusing old fiddling traditions into new music. Luke has toured with Tony Furtado, Tristan & Tashina Clarridge and many others.


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