Prairie Flyer is a Pacific NW based band that has been playing in the NW for a few years now featuring some great singers and instrumentalists. Taking their name from the old-time American train, a diesel-powered machine on a transcontinental route from the past to the present, most often found flying across the prairie under a full moon. They compare their style of music as ” an eclectic collection of high-powered musicians who like to travel nonstop across the boundaries of bluegrass, folk and Americana – all on the same trip”
The band’s Jim Faddis brings some great singing and has been a finalist twice in the Sisters Folk Festival Songwriting Contest. Andre Vachon adds his instrumental skills with his background of playing mandolin,fiddle and steel guitar on the road with Reba McEntire and Gene Watson. Jason Stewart was raised in East Tennessee where he started playing the banjo at eight years old. His bluegrass background was playing with James Monroe and the Midnight Ramblers. Dave Hackwith’s bass playing has been heard around the Pacific NW for a long time and did some backup for a young Mark O’Connor and was the bass player for Custer’s Grass Band. The lead guitar is played by Steve Blanchard who has been playing and teaching bluegrass guitar for nearly 40 years and has performed with Steve Blanchard and the Open Range and with the Jake Henry and Bill Jolliff Band.