Wintergrass 2013 Performers-North Country Bluegrass

Traditional drivin’ bluegrass out of the greater Seattle, WA area.

KENT POWELL – Kent is a true veteran to the Northwest bluegrass scene and brings his experience to North Country. He has been a member in some of the most popular and established Northwest bands, such as Crossfire and Runaway Train, in which he has been a member since 2005. Kent holds down the drive and groove of the band with his rock solid bass playing and can sing any part needed. His powerful voice and harmony singing add an incredible dynamic to the band. Kent makes his home in Tacoma, Washington.

NICK DUMAS – Nick is one of the most popular musicians among the Northwest bluegrass scene and probably one of the best mandolin and fiddle players you will find on the west coast. Growing up in Brier, Washington, Nick was heavily influenced by his grandfather, who is a great dobro player, and mother, who is a talented singer and songwriter. After a few years with his family band The Three Generations, Nick went on and helped form Northern Departure, a high powered and very talented Northwest bluegrass band. With a voice that keeps getting better, Nick has a wide range with his lead vocals and can sing the harmony parts as good as anyone you can find. His powerful mandolin chop and dynamics help establish the energy of the band. Some of Nicks influences include Adam Steffey, Sierra Hull, Dan Tyminski, Shawn Lane, Jim VanCleve, Andy Leftwich, Michael Cleveland, The Boxcars, The Chapmans, Rhonda Vincent, Dailey & Vincent, and MANY more!

WILL MCSEVENEY- Its hard to be considered bluegrass without the presence of Scruggs Style 5-string banjo, and fortunately for us, Will delivers just that to North Country… And then some! Currently making his home in Kirkland Wa., Will is fast becoming one of the most prominant banjo players, young or old, in the Northwest bluegrass scene today. Will’s powerful command of the instrument, and awareness of timing and taste have made him a valuable asset in our future endeavours. Drawing influence from such key figures as Terry Baucom, Ron Stewart, Jim Mills, and las but not least, the great Earl Scruggs, it is plain to see that Will plays banjo in pursuit of one purpose…. DRIVE! Not to mention his solidity on rythym guitar! While well root   ed in tradition, Will also has an equitable appreciation for the modern bluegrass scene. With modern day idols like The Boxcars, Lonesome River Band, Newfound Road, and Balsam Range, Will can deliver a tastefully fresh spin on tradition.

NORM OLSEN – From South Bend, Washington, Norm is a killer guitar player who gets great tone out of his lead breaks and plays mean, dynamic rythym. Born and raised in South Bend, Norm works with his father managing their family oyster farm, Olsen and Son Oyster co. inc., and enjoys hunting, fishing and playing music as his hobbies. Norm lays down outrageous lead solos that emulate some of flatpicking guitar’s finest influences, such as Doc Watson, Bryan Sutton, and Tony Rice, while incorporating fast, jaw dropping licks that will make you shake your head. It is also scary to think that he is just as good on the banjo as he is on guitar. Some of Norm’s other influences include Cody Kilby, Flatt and Scruggs, Randy Travis, Dan Tyminski, Don Stone, Ron Stewart, Jim Mills, Sonny Osborne, Jens Kruger, The Boxcars, and Many more to name.

STEPHEN BURWELL – From the small city of Maple Valley, Stephen brings you a rich tone and drive with his fiddling. He is known throughout the Northwest for his improvisation and execution of complexity in his music. Playing for around nine years, he has created his own sound and technique, learning from Texas, bluegrass, and progressive bluegrass style musicians. He is always striving to improve his technique and raise the standard for fiddling. Stephen was invited to perform on stage with Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and Kenny & Amanda Smith on Stephen Burwellmore than one occasion. In 2011, Dale Adkins engineered a demo CD for Stephen that included his fellow band member, Nick Dumas, the illustrious Kenny Smith, and other musicians. Stephen’s main inspirations are Chris Thile, Stuart Duncan, Aubrey Haynie, Andy Leftwich, Jim VanCleve, Sam Bush, LRB, Alison Krauss & US, Coldplay, Mutemath, and so many more. Besides fiddling, he enjoys playing the mandolin and a little guitar. Stephen has now taken up recording engineering and production, and has co-engineered and produced his first album with his great friend, James Meyers.

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