Bearfoot Bluegrass Perform In Seattle Area In 2008, Wintergrass in 2009

bearfoot3Some friends of Wintergrss, The Edmonds Center for The Arts, are presenting a diverse music series in Edmonds, WA that will include a few bluegrass artists.

The Alaska based band Bearfoot, a Wintergrass 2009 performer, will  be playing on October 3rd, 2008. Bearfoot was formed in 1999. Playing while in high school and now have recorded 3 cds. There music features a twin fiddle sound, 5 lead singers so there is plenty of variety in there performances. The band features many original songs but still can play the traditional bluegrass. Bearfoot had  the honor of winning the 2001 Telluride  Bluegrass Festival band contest.

Kate Hamre- bass, Mike Mickleson – guitar, Jason Norris-mandolin, Angela Oudean- fiddle, Annalisa Tornfelt-fiddle

Another show of interest is a performance by John McEuen, Chris Hillman & Herb Pederson on February 5th, 2009

Ticket information for the individual shows and series packages are available at Edmonds Center for the Arts website.


IBMA Nominees at Wintergrass 2009

Quite a few 2008 IBMA Award nominees will be performing at Wintergrass 2009, including two bands nominated for Vocal Group of the Year. Here is a list of nominees and categories of the musicians that will be a part of the Wintergrass 2009 lineup.

Wintergrass itself did have the honor of winning the Bluegrass Music Event of the Year in 2005!

Vocal Group of the Year – Blue Highway, The Isaacs

Instrumental Group of the Year – Blue Highway, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper

Female Vocalist of the Year – Sonya Isaacs

Album of the Year – Blue Highway for “Through the Window of a Train”, The Steeldrivers for “The Steeldrivers”

Song of the Year- Blue Highway for “Through the Window of a Train”, The Steeldrivers for “Drinkin’ Dark Whiskey”

Emerging Artist of the Year – The Steeldrivers

Bass Player of the Year – Missy Raines, Marshall Wilborn

Fiddle Player of the Year – Michael Cleveland

Dobro Player of the Year – Rob Ickes

Guitar Player of the Year – Tim Stafford

Mandolin Player of the Year – Ronnie McCoury

Winners will be announced in October at the IBMA convetion in Nashville. For more information on the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) and the full list of nominees see their website at

Good luck to all of the nominees!

Michael Cleveland And Flamekeeper-New Release

Wintergrass 2009 performers and 2007 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association)  Instrumental Group of the Year  Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper have just released a new cd on Rounder “Leavin Town” This is the bands first release (Michael has 4 others under his name and the rest of the band have recorded on a variety of projects) The album is available at the bands website and will also be available at Wintergrass 2009. Fans of hot fiddle playing will not be disapointed and lots of great singing also.

Michael, who has won  the IBMA award for Fiddle 5 times, Michael leads this band but this is not a one man show. This band features mandolinist Jesse Brock who formerly played with Michael in Dale Ann Bradley’s band. Todd Rakestraw on guitar who toured as part of Union Station and wrote 3 songs recorded by Alison Krauss. John Mark Batchelor on banjo has played with a variety of bands including Avery County. Rounding out the band on bass is Marshall Wilborn who has played with The Johnson Mountain Boys, The Lynn Morris Band, and Longview among others.

Band members are Michael Cleveland-Fiddle, Jesse Brock-Mandolin,Todd Rakestraw-Guitar, John Mark Batchelor-Banjo, Marshall WIlborn-Bass