The Blueberry Hill band is a family band from the Stanwood, WA area. They have been playing bluegrass for quite awhile now with performances at many of the the regions bluegrass festivals including the Darrington Bluegrass Festival and Shelton’s Bluegrass from The Forest. This is their first formal Wintergrass performance as you could always find them jamming in the halls at Wintergrass. The band members are Dad -Kevin Miller on guitar, Mom-Sarah Miller on bass, Daughter- Aida Miller on mandolin, Son-Forrest Miller on banjo and “Uncle”-Loren Postma on Dobro
Kevin learned to sing and play guitar from his two uncles when he was a kid. Family summer campouts on the river gave rise to huge campfires and bluegrass jams. It really gets in your blood when you’re young. Kevin plays guitar, mandolin, harmonica, upright bass, and sings songs from past and present. He grew up on a farm in Darrington, Washington — an area rich with bluegrass music, but dirt poor in radio reception. With all those towering peaks, the t.v. would barely work. So, he wrote his own songs. He composes lyrics and music for the band, and gives a few music lessons to the kids.
Aida- was interested in a variety of musical genres at an early age. She learned to play flute in a school band, but the structured play wasn’t her cup of tea. Since then Aida has become an accomplished guitarist and mandolinist.
She earned her first guitar by making jewelry, which is worn by the likes of Rhonda Vincent and the Cherryholmes girls! Aida’s finest gift, however, is her voice. She began singing with her guitar at the age of 9, and her smooth, earthy style turns heads.
Forrest was eight years old during the 2003 Darrington Bluegrass Festival, when he heard the OHOP Valley Boys rehearsing for their performance. When we left the jam he asked, “Dad, what’s that round thing? I want to get me one of those!” He dug ditches and saved up enough cash for a starter banjo, which only kept him happy for a little while. In his quest for tone, he now plays an autographed Rich & Taylor, Sonny Osborne Deluxe banjo. His work ethic is something to admire.
Sarah has been a roots music enthusiast for years, but just recently emerged as a right-fine upright bass player. Since she took up bass in 2009, the Blueberry Hill family band has rapidly improved. She started out on an old beater bass ” Wilbur”. Wilbur was a workhorse they found cheap, but he didn’t have the tone. They finally put Wilbur out to pasture in 2011, and got Sarah a nice hybrid upright called Sal, who is easy to play, with a monster voice. Sarah works hard, never missing a beat.
“Uncle” Loren Postma was adopted by Blueberry Hill in 2010. Loren is an exciting dobro technician. He’s also a delightful vocalist, with a vast musical background, and knowledge of many genres. He took the Blueberries under his wing, when he found out what they had planned. The result has been a musical journey beyond their wildest dreams. Loren has played and performed with numerous acoustic bands in the Pacific Northwest. . Loren’s enthusiasm for bluegrass music is a driving force in our Blueberry Hill band.
There are 5 levels of parking below Bellevue Place, which is the complex where the Hyatt is located. There are over 1000 parking spots there. Those lots are connected directly to additional lots below Lincoln Place, right across the street. If you are attending Wintergrass and you park at any time during the day on Thursday and Friday and leave after 8pm, parking is also FREE. The gate goes up at 8pm. If you leave BEFORE 8PM, there are parking charges, but there are a bunch of ways to get parking validation – at any number of restaurants or shops. In addition to all that parking, there is a huge amount of space available across the street at Bellevue Square. All of that parking is free but alittle bit of a walk but not that far.Parking is FREE on both Saturday and Sunday. You can see where all of the parking lots are by taking a look at the complex map.
Nashville’s The Cleverly’s are alittle different than most of the bands that have appeared at Wintergrass. Best way to get an intro to them is just take alook at their website. Take alook at a few of their videos and you will see a variety of songs and a couple of introduction videos. This is the short bio on Cleverlys:
Our family comes from the remote part of the Ozark Mountains, near Cane Spur, Arkansas. We spent our days working on the family farm mostly raising our own food and growing dad’s famous pipe tobacco. I guess he grew the best pipe tobacco around. People came from as far as Big Flat to get it. We worked hard but we had fun. In the evening we played and sang. On weekends we had pickens’. There was always a big crowd around. The Cleverly Trio is our family band. It was founded by dad and his three brothers, Turk, Tink and Bunyon. The whole family at one time or another has played in the band. Since 2005 my brother Digger has taken over the band. The current members of the trio are Digger, our brothers Miles and Vernon Dean, my boy Harvey D and our cousin Otto.
The Rambling Rooks are kind of a new band. Guitarist Kenny Smith,bassist Ronnie Bowman and mandolinist Don Rigsby were 3/4ths of the Lonesome River Band in the 90’s. Kenny went on to form the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, Ronnie formed his band the Committee and continued singing and writing award winning songs and Don formed his band Midnight Call and In 2001, he became the first full-time director of Morehead State University’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music.
They started playing a few shows together in the past year or so and will be at Wintergrass 2014! They often add a banjo player to their shows and we will update this post when we know who will be with them at WIntergrass.
Currently they are just finishing up on the first Rambling Rooks CD. Here is a preview the band just posted from the project of a song “The Coal Minin’ Man”
Here is the link to the Wintergrass 2013 performance schedule http://www.acousticsound.org/ The Workshop schedule will be posted as soon as possible. It takes alittle longer since we have to work around all of the performers arrival and performance schedules.
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