Wintergrass 2017 Sponsors-Oregon Bluegrass Association

The Oregon Bluegrass Association is a great resource for bluegrass music.


Our purpose is to promote, encourage, foster and cultivate the preservation, appreciation, understanding, enjoyment, support and performance of bluegrass and other closely related music. The Association publishes the Bluegrass Express Newsletter and sponsors a variety of events in the Oregon area. Stop in at Wintergrass to the OBA Suite in Room 347 at the Hyatt for info,jam sessions and band showcases.


Wintergrass 2017 Performers-Molly O’Brien & Rich Moore


Sometimes the story is just about the ordinary. No big bang, no big gig, no big
promoter or writer hearing the band and telling the rest of the world.
Sometimes the story is just about doing what you do and keeping at it. In the
case of Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore it means 30 years of marriage, two kids,
numerous day jobs, and making music together and apart.
They met in 1981 at the Denver Folklore Center on April Fool’s Day and
married a few years later. At the time they were involved in their own bands
and working solidly all over Colorado – Mollie was singing with Prosperity Jazz
Band, a vintage swing band which featured local luminary Washboard Chaz among others; Rich was playing bass with the rock-steady blues band, The Late Show. Within a year Mollie joined The Late Show, and they attracted notice outside the bar band scene and began playing Colorado blues festivals and concerts. A few years of marriage and two daughters later, things began to change. O’Brien quit the blues band and Moore got a day job that he held until both of their daughters graduated from college. Now,
here’s how things turned out. Grammy Award winner Mollie O’Brien became known to the rest of the world as a singer’s singer when, in 1988, she and her brother Tim released the first of three critically-acclaimed albums for Sugar Hill Records (Take Me Back,Remember Me and Away Out On The Mountain ). Eventually, Mollie recorded five equally well-received solo albums (Tell It True, Big Red Sun and Things I Gave Away for Sugar Hill Records, and I Never Move Too Soon and Everynight In The Week for Resounding Records). Additionally,she was a regular on the nationally-syndicated radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion” from 2001 through 2005. She’s long been known as a singer who doesn’t recognize a lot of musical boundaries, and audiences love her fluid ability to make herself at home in any genre while never sacrificing the essence of the song she tackles. O’Brien has primarily focused her efforts on the fading art of interpretation and the end result is a singer at the very top of her game who is not afraid to take risks both vocally and in the
material she chooses. Husband Rich Moore has busied himself in the Colorado music scene for many years. While staying home with the kids when Mollie & Tim toured, he held a day job and continued to perform locally with a variety of Colorado favorites, including Pete Wernick and Celeste Krenz. Not only is Moore known to produce some of the funniest onstage running commentary, he’s also a powerhouse guitar player who
can keep up with O’Brien’s twists and turns from blues to traditional folk to jazz to rock and roll. He creates a band with just his guitar and, as a result, theirs is an equal partnership. O’Brien and Moore’s first duet CD, a live recording titled 900 Baseline
(Remington Road Records) wasreleased in 2006. Their first studio project,
Saints & Sinners (Remington Road Records), was released to
nationwide acclaim in 2010. In January 2014 they’ll release their followup,
Love Runner (Remington Road Records). Both studio projects were produced by Lyons, CO ace arranger and bassist, Eric Thorin, who often joins them onstage for their live shows. All three CDs showcase their talent for unlocking the secrets to a diverse array of songs in authoritative yet very fun and unusual arrangements.For their latest release,
Love Runner , they again enlisted their talented friends, Glenn Taylor (pedal steel),
John Magnie (piano and accordion), Eric Moon (piano and organ) and Marc Dalio (drums). When one song called out for a musical saw, they were lucky enough to discover the wondrous Lesley Kernochan. Irish fiddler Jessie Burns put her lyrical stamp on a few folk songs. And, happily for O’Brien and Moore, their daughters Brigid and Lucy were able to make the date for the background vocal session.Love Runner features three songs written by Mollie and Rich – the rocking title track, the autobiographical 40’s swing-like “Went Back Home,” and a powerhouse turn at the traditional gospel song, “Don’t Let The
Devil Ride.” Once again, they have unearthed some hidden gems: Tom Paxton’s newly-written “Central Square” is about first love; Robin and Linda Williams’s and Jerome Clark’s “Green Summertime” is a gorgeous paean to a small town world called home; Hal Cannon’s “Just Go” places the listener squarely in the front seat next to a woman leaving a ruinous relationship in the dust. O’Brien and Moore also put their stamp on the inimitable Dave Van Ronk’s “Sunday Street” and on Randy Newman’s eerie “Suzanne”
– both songs normally sung from a male point of view but, when given Mollie’s gimlet-eyed take, become even more unique for their devil-may-care breeziness and swagger.
The band assembled for these sessions (all old friends), are listeners and never let their parts overshadow the lyrics and guitar sounds. Minimal preproduction rehearsals made for fewerpreconceptions and once they were all together playing live in the studio the band made bold leaps to create the mood Mollie, Rich and Eric wanted. There’s definitely a locked-in feeling you get with each track – something that can only happen live and only with such intuitive and responsive musicians. And as
for Eric, sitting in the producer’s chair, he found that sometimes departing from the master plan can create unique outcomes for every take. Says Thorin, “Every time Mollie sings you’d better be recording. There are no scratch tracks. Rich is a favorite co-conspirator and sublime orchestrator on the guitar. They don’t take themselves or anyone elsetoo seriously or let anyone else ride that train. The studio banter is cutting, joyful and in the moment and they carry that to the stage with astonishing ease.”
Most of the tracks on Love Runner have to do with the universal theme of home: leaving it and family behind; missing it; never wanting to go back; finding it in surprising places all over the world; wondering what kind of “home” awaits us in the life after this one. O’Brien and Moore let us know via their choice of material that they are not afraid to take risks. It’s almost as if they’re telling us that at this stage in their lives, they are at home with their musical selves – they can do whatever they want and they don’t care if
the rest of the world agrees with them. To quote the one and only Cher, “In this business, it takes time to be really good.” Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore are proof that age is no obstacle to making timeless, original and inventive music!

Wintergrass 2017 Sponsors-WAMA

WAMA is one of the fastest growing associations in the Pacific Northwest. They provide numerous workshops, concerts, slow jams, and an annual music festival. They even loan musical instruments to members in need. Their mission is “to promote and educate the community about acoustic music.” They are fulfilling this mission as they continue to grow by leaps and bounds.

Our Mission:

To promote the development, performance, and preservation of American acoustic music.”

Who We Are

  • Nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization
  • Among the fastest growing music associations in the Northwest
  • Highly contagious enthusiasm where members mentor and encourage one another in a musical, family friendly atmosphere
  • Top priority is involving youth and helping people of all ages find their inner musician and creative spark

What We Do

  • Conduct a Slow Jam on the 2nd Saturday of the month (Oct – May) at the Hope Grange in Winlock, WA and host a jam at the Oakview Grange in Centralia, WA on the 3rd Friday of the month (Oct – May)
  • Sponsor concerts & multi level workshops
  • Musicians of all levels and visitors are always welcome
  • Email bulletins and newsletters: exclusive articles about some of the greatest musicians worldwide; musical arrangements; reviews; instruments for sale; upcoming concert events; and important notifications
  • WAMA members have enjoyed ticket discounts for concerts/workshops from musical greats such as Dan Crary, Steve Spurgin, David Grier, Kate Long, Robin Kessinger, Steve Kaufman, Emory Lester, Stephen Bennett, Jim Hurst, and many others
  • WAMA Family Membership fees are only $20.00 per year


Our annual 3 day music festival is held on the first weekend of August in beautiful Winolequa Park, Winlock, WA. This festival features slow jams, live bands on stage, workshops, open mic, beer/wine garden, food, camping, children’s activities, and much more. Check out our next Pickersfest at

~ Your WAMA membership saves you 30% on Pickersfest ticket prices! Join today!!!

Visit us at or email us at

WAMA ~ PO Box 845 ~ Winlock, WA ~ 98596

Wintergrass 2017 Sponsors-4Culture

4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, Washington is committed to making our region stronger by supporting citizens and groups who preserve our shared heritage, and create arts and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors. Wintergrass is honored and pleased to be among the recipients of 4Culture funding via a highly competitive grant process. Check out the multitudes of great work also sponsored by 4Culture.


4Culture is a tax-exempt public development authority (PDA), with a fifteen member Board of Directors, who are nominated by the King County Executive and confirmed by the King County Council. A Public Development Authority is a public entity created by cities or counties to provide public services with the agility and flexibility of the private sector; to provide services more efficiently than an agency of government; and administer federal and state funds.

Wintergrass 2017 Performers-Jeremy Kittel

Jeremy Kittel is an American fiddler, violinist, and composer. Fluent in multiple musical genres, his original music draws from traditional roots, jazz, Celtic, Classical, electronic, and more.  Kittel performs with his own band or trio, as a duo, and as a soloist with orchestras.  In addition to his own projects, he has composed and arranged for such artists as Abigail Washburn, Aoife O’Donovan, My Morning Jacket, Camera Obscura, Jars of Clay, Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Laura Veirs, and the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet (of which he was a member for five years). He has also recorded with artists such as Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Mark O’Connor and Mike Marshall.

His most recent solo recording, Chasing Sparks (Compass), features original compositions with a stellar cast of musicians, including special guests Meyer, Thile, and Marshall.  He is currently working on his fifth solo album. Kittel previewed some of his new compositions on the Oct 10, 2015 broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion,” (guest-hosted by I’m With Her).

In 2015, Kittel co-composed “Bull Frogs Croon,” a new orchestral work featuring himself and Aoife O’Donovan as soloists. This adds to a growing body of original compositions and arrangements for orchestra, which can be heard in concerts presented around North America.  He has performed as soloist with the Detroit Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Britt Orchestra, Vanjkcouver Symphony, and more.

Committed to the belief that music and the arts are central to the human experience, he is a passionate clinician and educator. He has taught at such programs as Berklee College of Music, Belmont University, The New School, International Music Academy of Pilsen, Zurich University of the Arts, Mark O’Connor Strings Camps, the Swannanoa Gathering, and Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School.

Kittel has a master’s degree in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and received the 2010 Emerging Artist Award from his alma mater, the University of Michigan.  He has received numerous other awards over the years, including the US National Scottish Fiddle Championship, six Detroit Music Awards and two ASTA Alternative Style awards.  He was also the first recipient of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin.

Wintergrass 2017 Performers-Joe Craven and The Sometimers

Joe Craven has found a couple of hot young pickers worthy of his chops: wild man bassist Jonathan Stoyanoff and Bruce MacMillan dazzling with crafty dobro, acoustic guitar pickin’ and angelic voice. With Joe’s wildly eclectic musicality, the sonic possibilities are unlimited. I just saw this new trio and… WoW!

                                                  – PBS television producer Peter Berkow

J“Joe Craven and The Sometimers” featuring Bruce MacMillan and Jonathan Stoyanoff, adhere to a “no genre left behind” policy of music making while leaping from a springboard of Americana. They perform impressively credentialed and possess enough poetic license to operate heavy machinery. Their analog/power tool box includes both upright and electric bass, various guitars, Dobro, lap steel, mandolin, octave mandolin, fiddle, more cowbell and who knows what else. This new NorCal roots music trio is celebration for a new framework of POP music, as in “Pursuit of Possibility” music. Give ’em a listen and you just might do a little dance while you’re at it!

Multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven is an award-winning creativity educator, former museum curator, actor, music festival emcee, Director of RiverTunes Music Camp, a Co-Director for the Wintergrass Youth Academy. Joe Craven’s love of performing music has put him in many musical genres and alongside many musicians, from Jerry Garcia, David Lindley, Howard Levy and Jason Marsalis, to fusion banjoist Alison Brown and groups such as Psychograss and The Horseflies. For 17 years, he was percussionist and violinist for mandolinist David Grisman. Joe’s unique education programs have inspired; communities in Costa Rica, corporate heads in Contra Costa, CA, a dozen different music camps, thousands of school kids from Stockton to Scotland and college students from Alaska to Alabama. Whether jamming with musicians from Morocco or Mendocino, performing solo, with his daughter Hattie, The Joe Craven Trio, Mamajowali, The Sometimers or playing Carnegie Hall to busking on Cannery Row – Joe’s at home and loving every minute!

Jonathan Stoyanoff is a much in demand bassist who is a fan of, trained in and very proficient at, a wide variety of vernacular music. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA on a performance scholarship and, since then, Jonathan has helped form and perform in a variety of musical projects. He has played and/or shared bills with Larry Coryell, B.B. King, Robert Cray, Huey Lewis, Dave Mason, Jackie Greene, Ozomatli, Spearhead, Maceo Parker and many more. Jonathan has also played at some of the nation’s most prestigious festivals including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the High Sierra Music Festival. He brings a high level of skill and enthusiasm to Joe Craven & The Sometimers.

Bruce MacMillan is a wonderfully intuitive musician dedicated to the holy temple of American Roots Music. His passion for the history and variety of America’s musical heritage has resulted in a versatility across many musical genres. From Blues to Bluegrass, Country to Jazz and Rock & Roll, Bruce plays with wonderful energy and artistry. He has performed upon many stages and at many music festivals, including the Strawberry Music Festival, High Sierra, and California Worldfest. With his wife Sally, they have two fine music stores in Chico and Redding, CA, known as The Music Connection where Bruce displays his chops as an educator, repairman and salesman. Bruce’s impressive skills on vocals plus all manner of guitars, Dobro and lap steel, bring a broad palette of sound to Joe Craven & The Sometimers.

Joe Craven and the Sometimers kicked off our Peacetown Summer Concert Series with a big bang. Folks danced, sang, and cheered the music of these incredible musicians.

-Jim Corbett,  Promoter / Educator



Wintergrass 2017 Workshops

Woody Guthrie traveled to Portland, Ore., in the spring of 1941 to write songs for the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). Although this phase of his career is not as familiar as others, it was a prolific one, and the 26 songs he penned over 30 days included some of his best-known work: “Pastures of Plenty,” “Hard Travelin’,” and “Roll On, Columbia, Roll On,” which later became the state folk song of Washington.
Now, 75 years later, a group of musicians celebrate this period in the iconic songwriter’s life on ‘Roll Columbia: Woody Guthrie’s 26 Northwest Songs.’ The two-disc album, out Jan. 27, 2017, on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, features members of R.E.M., Black Prairie, and The Decemberists; folk veterans like Michael Hurley and David Grisman; and younger players from the Pacific Northwest folk scene. ‘Roll Columbia’ is the first album to include all of Guthrie’s BPA songs, including nine that have never previously been recorded.
This collection marks the latest chapter in the rich history between Folkways Records and Woody Guthrie, who is one of the label’s foundational figures. Guthrie cut many of his most famous recordings for Folkways founder Moses Asch during the 1940s.
The Bonneville Power Administration, a New Deal–era public works agency created in 1937, commissioned Guthrie to write the series of songs to help promote the benefits of dams being constructed along the Columbia River. Renowned ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax had recommended Guthrie for the project, and Guthrie moved from California to Portland, being paid little more than $10 a song for his month’s work.

For ‘Roll Columbia,’ musician and teacher Joe Seamons and folklorist and former BPA employee Bill Murlin enlisted a cross-generational mix of musicians with ties to the Pacific Northwest. Michael Hurley, the 74-year-old veteran of the Greenwich Village scene who released his debut album on Folkways in 1965, begins the collection with a version of “Pastures of Plenty” accompanied by Jon Neufeld of Portland-based folk group Black Prairie. Kate Power and Steve Einhorn, a Portland duo with a background in New York City’s ’60s folk scene, harmonize on “Roll On, Columbia, Roll On,” while Juno-winning roots-music act Pharis & Jason Romero cover “It Takes a Married Man to Sing a Worried Song.”

“Like some western Chaucer, Woody assembles a colorful cast of western characters to tell the story of Northwest public power’s early days,” Lomax wrote in the foreword of a 1987 book compiling the 26 songs. Many of the songs in the cycle borrowed from familiar melodies like “Good Night Irene,” “Pretty Polly,” “The Wabash Cannonball,” and “Mule Skinner Blues.”

‘Roll Columbia: Woody Guthrie’s 26 Northwest Songs’ features two versions of “Pastures of Plenty” and “Jackhammer Blues” for a total of 28 tracks lasting 104 minutes. A 40-page booklet with liner notes by Seamons, Murlin, and Smithsonian Folkways chief archivist Jeff Place accompanies its two discs. A more in-depth look at the story of these songs and Guthrie’s partnership with the BPA is told in Greg Vandy and Daniel Person’s recently published 26 Songs in 30 Days: Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs and the Planned Promised Land in the Pacific Northwest (Sasquatch Books).

A portion of the proceeds from the ‘Roll Columbia: Woody Guthrie’s 26 Northwest Songs’ album project will be used to fund educational music programming in the Pacific Northwest via the Rhapsody Project and the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission.