The Paperboys

paperboysIt has been awhile since Vancouver’s band The Paperboys have played Wintergrass but they will be back at Wintergrass 2009. Their music is pretty eclectic with influences of bluegrass, folk, country, Celtic,Mexican,Latin,soul and pop. This blend on paper sounds like an oddity but The Paperboys make it their own style and their records have won them critical acclaim. They received a Juno Award (the Canadian Grammy) for Best Roots & Traditional Album of the Year (Molinos); and Juno Award nominations for the three of their albums; two West Coast Music Awards for Best Roots Recording (Molinos, Postcards) and three more nominations in that category, an American Indie nomination; a Genie Award nomination for Best Musical Score for the film ‘Lunch With Charles’ and appearances in both that film and the movie ‘Marine Life.’

With all the success they have had in the studio they really shine on the stage with great energy in their playing some great singing by Tom Landa. They will be playing at the Wintergrass dances  as well as an afternoon set.

Tom Landa- vocals, guitars, Geoffrey Kelly- flute, percussion, vocals,  Kendel Carson- fiddle, vocals
Sam Esecson- drums, percussion, Brad Gillard- banjo, bass, vocals ,Kareem Kandi- Saxophone, Andy Omdahl – Trumpet


Darrell Scott

scottA Wintergrass veteran Darrell Scott is returning to Wintergrass 2009. When Darrell is not touring ( with musicians like Tim O’brien, Steve Earle Bluegrass Dukes, John Cowan, Guy Clark or playing solo) he keeps busy writing songs like the Dixie Chick hit “Long Time Gone”. Then occasionally he will slip in as  recording session man on guitar or banjo. And then you might even find him producing artists like Guy Clark.

Darrell was named  Songwriter of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, an honor repeated by ASCAP in 2002.  Aside from his  great songwriting his guitar and banjo playing earned him  Grammy nomination for “Best Country Song”; “The Second Mouse,” a Scott/O’Brien tune from Real Time, was a Grammy finalist as “Best Country Instrumental Performance” in 2001

Darrell will also be participating in the workshops this year.

Darrell Scott-guitar, vocals Casey Driessen-fiddle, Matt Flinner-mandolin, Kenny Malone-Drums

The Tallboys

tallboysSeattle’s dance scene will be represented at Wintergrass 2009 with The Tallboys. The Tallboys have been playing old-time music featuring Appalachian style  fiddle and banjo dance music in the Seattle area since 2003. They have played many of the festivals up and down the coast including winning the band contest at the 2004 String Summit Band Contest and appearances at the Portland Old Time Gathering,the  San Francisco Bluegrass and  Old Time, The Fremont Solstice Festival among others. This style of music the band plays is where Bill Monroe based his bluegrass music on. You can often hear the members of The Tallboys busking at the Pike Place Market in Seattle.

Aside from the great traditional fiddle playing by Joe ,the clawhammer and 3 finger banjo of Charlie you get to see Charmaine buck dancing to the rythms being held together with John’s bass.

Joe Fulton-fiddle, Charle Beck-banjo, Charmaine Slaven- guitar, buckdancing, John Hurd-bass

Missy Raines Signs With Compass Records

Compass Records (owned and run by Wintergrass 2009 performers ,and husband and wife,  Alison Brown and Garnew-hipry West) has signed Wintergrass 2009 performer Missy Raines and The New Hip. The new CD ” Inside Out” will be released just a couple of weeks prior to Wintergrass 2009 and will be available for sale at Wintergrass.

Misssy’s band The New Hip named for the fact that Missy had a hip replacement a few years ago. The New Hip plays a more modern style of bluegrass, featuring of course Missy’s bass, Ethan’s mandolin, Micheal’s resophonic guitar and Dillons guitar and singing.  This band is Missy’s vision of a playing a jazz and song driven style of music while based in bluegrass.

Missy has won IBMA bass player of the year 7 times while performing as a member of Cloud Valley, Eddie & Martha Adcock, The Front Porch String Band,Claire Lynch Band and as half of a duo with Jim Hurst.

Ethan Ballinger has been studying mandolin with Matt Flinner, adding to his background of bluegrass, jazz and rock guitar.

Michael Witcher’s resophonic guitar has been featured in a variety of bands and recordings including Laurie Lewis, The Laurel Canyon Ramblers, Dwight Yoakam,Dolly Parton, The Witcher Brothers, Tony Rice and Peter Rowan.

Dillon Hodges was just 17 when he won the Flatpicking Championship at the 36th Annual Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. He was the second youngest winner ever, next to Mark O’Connor. Dillon displays plenty of taste to go with his hot pickings.
Missy Raines-bass,vocals Ethan Ballinger-mandolin, Michael Witcher-resophonic guitar, Dillon Hodges-guitar, vocals



Wintergrass does add a few bands that are on the fringes of bluegrass for sure but you can always count on the fringe bands to be top notch. Bluegrass comes from a blending of many styles of music and the fiddle tunes in bluegrass have been influenced greatly by Celtic fiddling.  Scythian (sith-ee-yin) is a band on the fringe-a band that brings high energy Celtic fiddle music to Wintergrass 2009. Though they lean towards Celtic they have recorded some bluegrass standards (Jerusalem Ridge,The Orange Blossom Special,Ashokan Farewell)  putting their Celtic mark on them.

They are based out of the Washington,D.C. area and have were voted 2006 DC Fan Favorite by the Washington Area Music Association and two more nominations in 2007 for Best Contemporary Folk Group and Best Contemporary Folk Recording. Recent appearances by this band have included headlining the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon for the President and Prime Minister of Ireland hosted by the Speaker of the House – The Capitol, Washington DC and the World Youth Day Festival – Sydney, Australia (for a crowd of over 225,000 people)
Check out Scythians website for some clips and some rave reviews.

Alexander Fedoryka: violin-mandolin-harmonica-bass-vocals,   Josef Crosby: violin-bass-vocals, Danylo Fedoryka: rhythm guitar-accordion-vocals, Mike Ounallah: percussion-drums