Another great NW band! Portland based Jackstraw is back again to play Wintergrass 2008. Guitar fans will love this band!   This quartet (two guitars, mandolin and bass)  showcases  great traditional style bluegrass guitar and mandolin solos with some great original material. As great as the instrumental side of Jackstraw the vocals are a perfect fit to the overall Jackstraw sound.

PETE WERNICK (of Hot Rize):
Jackstraw impresses me with their tight-knit, skilled musicianship, their crackling energy and repertoire which includes both traditional gems and fresh new tunes. A young band like this helps set the tone for new bluegrass in the 21st Century.”

Band members are: Darren Craig- guitar, Jon Neufeld-guitar, David Pugh-mandolin, Jesse Withers-bass


The Wilders

The Wilders from Kansas City, MO are going to be back at Wintergrass 2008 on Feb 23 & 24th. When The Wilders take the stage it is always a fun & varied set list.  The band plays a combination of old time country, bluegrass, fiddle tunes and hillbilly songs.  This is a band that will remind you of an old time  string band that would fit in at the Grand Ole Opry.  Make sure you check out their website for all kinds of info on the band.

Band members: Betse Ellis-fiddle, Ike Sheldon-guitar, Phil Wade-dobro, mandolin, banjo,  Nate Gawron-bass

Trampled By Turtles

Trampled By Turtles is a band that is part of Wintergrass 2008’s theme of Celebrating Transformation. This band from Duluth, Minnesota plays their style of bluegrass with a hard edge showing their influences of alt-country, traditional bluegrass and rock music.  This is a certainly a great band for the dancing stage. If you are looking for a band to introduce some younger fans to bluegrass this  band is a fun one.

Band Members are:

Dave Simonett-vocals, guitar
Tim Saxhaug- bass, vocals
Dave Carroll- banjo, vocals
Erik Berry- mandolin, vocals

Three Generations

The family band Three Generations showcases three generations of family members (and some friends). The band was formed in the Seattle are in 2003 and has played at many of the bluegrass festivals in Washington. This 7 piece band features some great instrumentals and of course like any family band great harmony singing. 

Check out the clips from their newest cd  “I Should Love the Rain” 

Band members- Harold Christensen-Dobro, Nick Dumas-fiddle, Tammy Dumas-mandolin,Val Ranz-mandolin,  Chrisann Gray-guitar, Derek Gray-bass,  Austin McGregor- banjo

The Grascals

The Grascals will prove again at Wintergrass 2008 why they are the IBMA winners for Entertainers of the Year for both 2006 and 2007. Their second Rounder cd

Long List of Heartaches

features the same great harmonies as on their first release and has some great guest appearances by George Jones, Dierks Bentley and The Jordanaires.

Band members- Terry Eldridge-guitar, Jamie Johnson-guitar, Danny Roberts-mandolin, Terry Smith-bass, Jimmy Mattingly-fiddle, Aaron McDaris-banjo

Misty River

Fans of harmony singers will love the Vancouver-Portland area quartet Misty River. The four female women have been performing acoustic Americana music together since 1997. Victory Review has summed it up this way-“lush, pitch-perfect harmonies, gentle tasteful arrangements [and] fresh interpretation of songs.”

Band Members are- Laura Quigley-vocals and bass, Dana Abel-vocals, accordion & guitar, Chris Kokesh-vocals,fiddle & guitar, Carol Harley-vocals, guitar & clawhammer banjo

Dale Ann Bradley

Dale Ann Bradley is another 2007 IBMA Award winner that will be at Wintergrass 2008. Dale Ann won IBMA 2008 Female Vocalist of the Year! Dale Ann’s newest release is “Catch Tomorrow” is on Compass Records. Dale Ann was the voice behind The New Coon Creek Girls for years and has led her own group for over 8 years now. Dale Ann also sang for years at the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. A true bluegrass musician with her roots in rural Kentucky yet her voice is versatile enough to also bring songs from other genres of music.

Band members Dale Ann Bradley-guitar,Ramona Church-banjo, Mike Bub-bass, Tim Laughlin-mandolin, Jeremy Abshire-fiddle