True North

True North is going to be at Wintergrass 2008. A great band from the Salem, OR area. The band has released two cd’s “Pluck” and “Cobalt Miles of Sky”. Both cds feature mostly original songs. Check out some clips of this band at their website. Last year True North played at Wintergrass as part of the Sunday Gospel show. Last year they also played in Holland at the 2007 European World Bluegrass Festival

Kristen Grainger, lead vocals
Dan Wetzel, mandolin, guitar, vocals
Dale Adkins, guitar, banjo vocals
Suzanne Pearce, upright bass, vocals

Here are some reviews of the bands latest CD “Pluck”

“They [True North] are the perfect modern bluegrass band… Focusing  around the terrific lead vocals of Kristen Grainger, the band shows what can happen when great songs meet great singers… This is a band making wonderful musical choices. They are going deeper than mere instrumental wind sprints and reworked standards… This is a CD you’ll want to listen to again and again. Highly recommended.”— Kate McKenzie (Red House Records artist, perhaps best known for her appearances on  Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program.)

“Kristen [Grainger]’s vocalizing exhibits the intensity of a singer with breathtaking ability comparable to Laurie Lewis… The band is emerging in the Northwest as one of the most endearing and passionate contributors to the Northwest’s acoustic folk repertoire. Their craftsmanship and focus squarely put the emphasis on original material, deliberative arrangements, graceful guitar, and gorgeous vocals.”— Joe Ross staff writer, Bluegrass Now

“The band sounds quite good, and [Kristen Grainger’s] singing is lovely.”— Laurie Lewis Grammy award-winning artist, Rounder Records


The Seldom Scene

It has been a few years since the Seldom Scene have played Wintergrass. They will be performing both on Saturday and Sunday of the 2008 festival. They have just released their first cd SCENEchronized in about 7 years on the Sugar Hill label. The Seldom Scene’s performances are always highly entertaining showcasing their great musicianship, harmonies, song choices and personalities. The band has been playing since 1971 and has even played the White House. Based out of the Washington DC area they spent many years playing every Thursday night at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA where they still play occasional shows including New Year’s Eve.

Band members are: Founding member Ben Eldridge- banjo, Dudley Connell – guitar, Lou Reid-mandolin, Fred Travers-Dobro, Ronnie Simpkins-bass.

Wintergrass 2008!

Here is an October version of the Wintergrass 2008 Lineup. Future links will have more info on each band and the Wintergrass Academy which will be featuring the members of the Infamous Stringdusters.

Celebrating Transformation!

Seldom Scene (sat/sun)

Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile (fri)

Bobby Osborne &
The Rocky Top X-press

Dale Ann Bradley (sat/sun)

The Grascals (sat)

Mike Marshall & Darol Anger (fri)

The Infamous Stringdusters (fri/sat)

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (fri)

The Wilders (sat/sun)

The Duhks (sat)

Cadillac Sky (sat)

Crooked Still (fri/sat)

Trampled by Turtles (fri/sat)

Vasen (sat)

Packway Handle Band (fri)

Carolina Chocolate Drops (thurs/fri)

Laura Love (thurs)

Ruthie Foster (thurs)

Alhambra Valley Band

Great Northern Planes

Hot Club Sandwich

Jamie Laval & Ashley Broder

Loose Digits

Misty River

Pearl Django

The Tallboys

Three Generations

True North