Playing at Wintergrass for the second time, The Modern Grass found its way back to Washington all the way from eastern Canada. This bluegrass, roots, and Americana sounding quintet is comprised of five diversely talented musicians. Tom Terrell, founder of The Modern Grass, had a solo career before forming the band. He released four full length albums in addition to one EP, and released them through his own label. On his own, Terrell incorporated more jazzy and soulful styles through the use of his guitar and harmonica. Now, in The Modern Grass, Terrell provides lead vocals as well as guitar, and brings his bluesy sounds into the mix. Adam Pye plays the contra bass, and has previously played with The Moonshine Ramblers and The Bluejam Grass Band. Andrew Sneddon, also having played in The Moonshine Ramblers and The Bluejam Grass Band, complements Pye on the resonator guitar and vocals. Donald Maclennan, of Mishras Dream and Ben Capland and the Casual Smokers, chimes in on vocals and is also a renowned violinist. And the fifth member of the band, Dan MacCormack, plays the mandolin and has also been addressed as “the fastest banjo picker this side of the Mississippi.”Since joining forces in 2011, The Modern Grass has been nominated for three Music Nova Scotia Awards including Country/ Bluegrass Recording of the Year, Roots/ Traditional Recording of the Year, and Group Recording of the Year. And the fifth member of the band, Dan MacCormack, plays the mandolin and has also been addressed as “the fastest banjo picker this side of the Mississippi.”Since joining forces in 2011, The Modern Grass has been nominated for three Music Nova Scotia Awards including Country/ Bluegrass Recording of the Year, Roots/ Traditional Recording of the Year, and Group Recording of the Year. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, these boys have released five albums that have made their rounds all throughout Canada as well as the States. Their album entitled High on the Mountain won Music Nova Scotia’s Country/ Bluegrass Album of the Year and also the Roots/ Traditional Album of the Year. High on the Mountain is unique as it explores different combinations of folk, roots, and bluegrass, while still bending the genre incorporating Terrell’s versatility in sounds. With complex arrangements and a fair bit of improvisation, The Modern Grass put a refreshing spin on t raditional bluegrass.
Bellevue Library Hosting Pre-Wintergrass Concerts, February 19 & 22 2014 by Tom Petersen
Continuing a long partnership with the King County Library System, the Bellevue Library will host two concerts to get the community ready for Wintergrass 2014and show music fans what resources are available at the library.
On Wednesday, February 19, the venerable Cliff Perry will bring his band for an evening of music, fun, and history, ideal for families and people who want to know more about Bluegrass, Americana, and the Wintergrass Festival. Cliff teaches the popular Bluegrass class at Shoreline Community College and leads workshops geared toward beginners at Wintergrass, including the famous “Two Chord Songs” workshop.
Cliff’s show starts at 7 pm and will be in Room 1 at the Bellevue Library.
The second show, a Saturday matinee, features one of the Festival’s local groups, the Downtown Mountain Boys. The DMB’s high-energy performances are not to be missed, and, as with Cliff Perry’s shows, are the perfect introduction to Bluegrass for the uninitiated, or the appetizer before the banquet for those already planning to attend Wintergrass.
The Downtown Mountain Boys play at 2 pm in Room 1 on Saturday, February 22.
Both concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Bellevue Library and the support of KCLS. Library staff and Wintergrass educator Tom Petersen will be on hand with information about KCLS’s vast collection of music CDs and downloads, books, magazines, and sheet music, plus the festival line-up, workshops, and programs.
The Bellevue Library is just two blocks from the Hyatt, at 1111 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue, 98004. They are on the web at http://www.kcls.org . Phone: 425.450.1765
Dinner Concerts at Eques
Cost $35 each
Includes dinner show, dinner, tax and gratuity
We know you have a lot to do and see at Wintergrass and waiting in line for dinner is probably not on your list. Eques will get you in, fed, entertained and out the door on your way to the next thing in just a little over an hour. In addition to a guaranteed seat within steps of the concert venues, you get a great show to boot. Eques will host two different shows each night. Your ticket purchases a seat and dinner at one show. On Friday and Saturday evenings the Hyatt Regency’s Eques restaurant will open for 2 special shows each night. Your ticket to each show includes dinner, tax and gratuity.
What’s on the menu?
Chicken Parmesan with Mozzarella and Marinara
Pasta with Marinara
Bacon & Green Beans
Includes coffee & iced tea
Kenny & Amanda Smith will perform at the 4:30 show on Friday. Doors open for this show at 4pm.
Doors open at 5:20 for the 5:30 show with Beats Workin’ featuring Peter Ostroushko, Mike Dowling, David Lange and Cary Black.
On Saturday you’ll be thrilled to hear the youngest-scary-good band at Wintergrass 2014. Top String will peform at 4:30. Doors open at 4pm.
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum will perform a special guest concert at 5:30. Doors open for this concert at 5:20pm.
You do NOT have to be a Wintergrass ticket holder to attend any of these shows. Pick up your ticket to the show at festival registration.
There is a tendency to think of West Coast bluegrass as being softer, jazzier, and somehow “other” than traditional. This can be the case, but there is also a school of bluegrass in Northern California which has, from the beginning, been steeped in Monroe-based tradition—as well as welcoming to women and original songs. Kathy Kallick (guitar, vocals) has been leading bands in this traditional brand of West Coast bluegrass since co-founding the internationally-acclaimed band, Good Ol’ Persons, in 1975. She continues to evolve as one of the music’s extraordinary composers and vocalists, now releasing her 17th album, recordings which include over 100 of her original songs. Along the way, she has: – won a Grammy and two IBMA Awards for her part on True Life Blues: The Songs Of Bill Monroe … – had five title tracks and albums — Call Me A Taxi, Walkin’ In My Shoes, Warmer Kind Of Blue, Between the Hollow and the High-Rise, and Time — each spend a year in the upper echelon of the national bluegrass charts … – performed and recorded with the Frank Wakefield Band … – written and recorded award-winning music for children and families … – appeared on three high-profile Rounder collections of bluegrass songs by women, as well as noteworthy compilations of songs about baseball, trains, spiritual matters, families, broken hearts, Christmas, and mothers … – toured throughout North America, Europe, and Japan … – received a Lifetime Membership award from the California Bluegrass Association … and … – collaborated with the country’s top acoustic musicians – including her fabulous current band:
Tom Bekany (mandolin, fiddle, vocals), who has been playing and singing with Kathy since 1996, is among the most adventurous mandolinists in the music, creating thrilling solos as well as solid backup by using influences ranging from his thorough grounding in blues to his mastery of Jesse McReynolds’ “split string” technique. Tom is a veteran of Laurie Lewis & Grant Street and Done Gone, and has been the fiddler in High Country, the west coast’s premier traditional bluegrass band, for over 20 years. Tom also plays in a jazz trio, Bill Evans’ “Bangers & Grass,” has released a mandolin instruction DVD, and recently released “Jazzolin,” a collection of jazz standards played by Tom on electric and acoustic mandolin with bass/drums accompaniment.
Annie Staninec (fiddle, clawhammer banjo, vocals) has been playing gigs for more than half of her 25 years, beginning with the award-winning Donner Mountain and Lost Coast and the old time band, All Wrecked Up. She’s guested with Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, played with David Grisman’s Gypsy Caravan, won numerous Fiddle Player of the Year awards from the Northern California Bluegrass Society, as well as the 2006 Outstanding Young Musician award at Djangofest Northwest. Annie has also recorded and toured with Town Mountain (from Asheville, NC), and plays with other bands ranging from gypsy jazz to ragtime boogie bebop. Her collaboration with the KKB showcases her fiery soloing (think Scotty Stoneman meets Benny Martin), and gives her the chance to express lyrical, sensitive backup and charming singing.
Greg Booth (dobro, banjo, vocals), lives in Anchorage, where, for many years, he’s played pedal steel guitar in country groups—as well as banjo (which he first learned from Bill Emerson) and, more recently, dobro in legendary Alaskan bluegrass bands like Fault Line and Rank Strangers. Winner of the RockyGrass dobro competition in 2006 (after playing that instrument for only one year), regular participant in ResoSummit and Resomania, and star of YouTube (aksliderdobro), “Greg’s innovative, expressive dobro playing is even more remarkable” says guitarist Joe Karson, “when you consider that he employs no ‘licks.’”
Cary Black (bass) has played acoustic bass in perhaps the widest range of musical styles of anyone else on the planet. Among those he has accompanied: Laurindo Almeida, Ernestine Anderson, Tex Beneke, Cheryl Bentyne (Manhattan Transfer), The Boys of the Lough, Petula Clark, Bob Crosby, Kenny Edwards, Nokie Edwards (The Ventures), Nina Gerber, Dan Hicks, The Kingston Trio, Laurie Lewis, Rose Maddox, Mark Murphy, Mollie O’Brien, Eddie Pennington, Johnny Ray, Paul Siebel, Kay Starr, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Ernie Watts, Claude “Fiddler” Williams, … and, now, the KKB. His inventive and melodic bass lines never get in the way of his perfect timekeeping, and he’s pushing the band to new levels of creativity and drive. Cary has toured extensively, and is one of the country’s most in-demand instructors.
Front Country formed in 2011 as a collective of the Bay Area’s finest young acoustic talent, Adam Roszkiewicz, Jacob Groopman, Jordan Klein, Leif Karlstrom, Melody Walker and Zach Sharpe joined forces to play a monthly gig with friends in San Francisco’s Mission District. They quickly found a musical rapport that was open to challenging arrangements, unique covers and original songwriting. They have continued to expand their repertoire and push the boundaries of bluegrass on the local and national scene. This year, Front Country vocalist and writer Melody Walker won the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, and mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz was nominated for a Grammy with the Modern Mandolin Quartet for their album “Americana”.
On July 29, 2012, Front Country won the RockyGrass band competition, and on June 22, 2013 they became the third band ever to win at both RockyGrass and Telluride. Enjoying their first summer of major festival bookings, Front Country is looking forward to recording an album in 2014 and playing the Telluride main stage next summer.
Dailey & Vincent is one of the top Bluegrass bands in America. From the very beginning of their partnership in late 2007, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent quickly established themselves as fresh voices in their genre. The concoction of their fantastically powerful vocal blends, 4 award-winning studio albums, and heavy touring schedules has gained them well-deserved attention from bluegrass, country, and gospel critics and fans alike.
Dailey & Vincent has been recognized as 3-time IBMA Entertainer of The Year, 3-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, 2-time Grammy nominee, and Dove Award winners. Equally at home with material from any of the aforementioned genres, Jamie and Darrin continue to expand on the possibilities of what kinds of music can become “Dailey & Vincent” music.
The band has also become a perennial favorite on the touring and festival circuit: they play over 115 shows per year to sold out crowds in the United States and have developed a strong international following.
Young but seasoned veterans of bluegrass, traditional country, and gospel groups themselves, Dailey and Vincent have built on the experience and knowledge gained from working with Doyle Lawson (Dailey) and John Hartford and Ricky Skaggs (Vincent) to forge their own distinct career path. Darrin Vincent began his career onstage at age two with his family band, The Sally Mountain Show (and has been singing with his sister Rhonda for most of his life). Jamie Dailey also comes from a musical family: his father, guitarist J.B. Dailey, was a founding member of The Four J’s, a regional gospel quartet. Jamie started singing when he was just three years old. By the time he was nine, he was learning to play bass and guitar, and within a few years, he added banjo to his repertoire.
The duo’s two most recent albums, Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers and The Gospel Side of Dailey and Vincent, both garnered Grammy nominations, but each had a very specific focus. With Brothers Of The Highway, Dailey & Vincent made a conscious attempt to take stock of their careers so far, a sort of look “Back To The Future,” heeding the admonition of their friend and mentor Ricky Skaggs, who advised them “you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been.”
While Dailey and Vincent continue to draw on the lessons they learned over the years about respect for musical integrity and the importance of tradition, they have certainly planted their own flag deeply and permanently into the soil of American music.
In the world of acoustic traditional music, “sibling harmony” is special. It’s no accident that the best harmonies in bluegrass, dating back to its earliest days, have been by siblings: the Monroe Brothers, the Stanley Brothers, the Osborne Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and Dailey & Vincent’s contemporaries the Gibson Brothers. In traditional country music, the Delmore Brothers and the Louvin Brothers both left their unique mark.
Although Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent aren’t related by blood, the instinctive vocal blend they have achieved rivals that of any singing siblings: it’s no accident that they titled an earlier album Brothers From Different Mothers, and with Brothers Of The Highway, the ties they’ve forged grow ever stronger.
Awards and Honors
International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)
Entertainers of the Year – 2008, 2009, 2010
Vocal Group of the Year – 2008, 2009, 2010
Male Vocalist of the Year – Jamie Dailey, 2008
Album of the Year – Dailey & Vincent, 2008 – Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers, 2010
Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year – “By The Mark”, 2008 – “On The Other Side”, 2009
Emerging Artist of the Year – 2008
Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA)
Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary) – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall) – 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
Vocal Group of the Year – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Entertaining Group of the Year – 2011
Entertainer of the Year – Jamie Dailey, 2012
Male Vocalist – Jamie Dailey – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Bass Player of the Year – Darrin Vincent – 2010, 2011, 2012
Bluegrass Album of the Year – Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers, 2011
Song of the Year – “By The Mark”, 2009
Dove Awards – Gospel Music Association (GMA)
Bluegrass Album of the Year – Singing From The Heart, 2011
Bluegrass Album of the Year – The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent, 2013
Country Song of the Year – “From My Rags To His Riches”, 2013 (recorded with Devin McGlamery)
Nominated: Best Bluegrass Album for The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent, 2013
Nominated: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “Elizabeth” from Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers, 2011
Mandolinists Mike Marshall and Chris Thile will perform their varied mandolin duets at Wintergrass 2014. They will be performing two sets on Sat March 1st 2014. Together they have recorded two album on Sugar Hill records, ” Chris Thile and Mike Marshall Live Duets” and “Into the Cauldron” . Tunes covered by the duet often include traditional bluegrass tunes,Bach classical mandolin pieces, jazz standards like Charlie Parker’s Scrapple from the Apple, and of course original tunes.
Mike’s career has been a long and varied. Starting out playing bluegrass in FL and soon moved to San Francisco to join the David Grisman Quintet at age 19. After leaving the Quintet in the early 80’s Mike formed the Montreux Band and played classical mandolin with The Modern Mandolin Quartet. In the mid 90’s Mike started to study and perform the Brazilian Choro style of music recording with Brazilians including Hamilton de Holanda and Danilo Brito who both have performed at Wintergrass.Mike also is a member of Psychograss and has toured for many years as a duo with Darol Anger. Mike founded a one week mandolin camp for in 2002 with David Grisman. The Mandolin Symposium takes place the last week of June at U.C. Santa Cruz.
Chris began playing the mandolin at the age of five and by eight, Chris and his family joined with Sara and Sean Watkins to form Nickel Creek At age twelve, he won the national mandolin championship at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. Chris recorded his first solo album at age 12 for Sugar Hill “Leading Off” Chris continued to play with Nickel Creek until 2006 when they decided to take an extended haitus. Since then Chris has toured with a variety of projects including his current band The Punch Brothers, The Mutual Admiration Society, a duet with Edgar Myer, The Goat Rodeo Sessions, Chris Thile and Michale Daves.
In 2012 Chris was a recipient of a Macarthur Foundation Grant also known as “The Genius Awards”