Bluegrass From the Forest 2019 Line Up

Our 2019 lineup is complete!

GrasstowneAlan Bibey and Grasstowne (May 18, 19) is a band comprised of very well respected veterans of bluegrass music as well the finest young musicians in bluegrass. This combination together makes Grasstowne one of the hottest and most energetic bands touring today! The band’s first two projects “The Road Headin’ Home” and “The Other Side of Towne” went to #1 and #2 respectively on the National Bluegrass Charts. The Road Headin’ home remained at #1 for three months and also won the 2008 “Album of the Year” award. Their project “Kickin’ Up Dust” hit in the top 5 on the singles and CD chart. The bands new album “Alan Bibey & Grasstowne 4″ has already yielded 2 huge chart hits, ” This Old Guitar and Me” and “Cold Dark Ground.” Bluegrass Today reviews the album saying, “Anyone who appreciates contemporary bluegrass played with precision, soul, and authority will want this one in their library.”

About Alan Bibey: Since first hitting the scene in the early 1980’s, Alan has made a name for himself as one of the most creative and technically gifted mandolinists in bluegrass and acoustic music. He was an original member of the ground breaking bands; The New Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out, BlueRidge and for the last eight years the band Alan Bibey & Grasstowne. Alan won the SPBGMA “Mandolin Performer Of The Year” award for 2007, 2009 and 2010. He won the IBMA “Instrumental Album of the Year” in 2001, “Album of the Year” in 2006, “Recorded Event” in 2012 and SPBGMA “Album of the Year” in 2008. His solo project “In The Blue Room” was voted “Top Instrumental Album” by County Record Sales. The 2004 BlueRidge project for which he wrote the title track, was nominated for a Grammy. He was included in the Mel Bay book “Greatest Mandolin Players of the Twentieth Century.” In early 2004 the Gibson Company put into production the Alan Bibey Signature line of mandolins, reaffirming his status as one of the most influential mandolin players in bluegrass and acoustic music history. Some of his most recent accolades include numerous #1 albums and songs, including his writing and performance on the latest Alan Bibey & Grasstowne singles, “Cold Dark Ground” and “This Old Guitar and Me”. His project with Wayne Benson, called the Mandolin Chronicles, was nominated last year for five IBMA awards. Alan currently plays with his band Alan Bibey & Grasstowne, with their latest CD “Alan Bibey & Grasstowne 4”, yielding three #1’s and all 12 songs from the project charting on Bluegrass Today’s Airplay Chart. Alan is also currently working on several album projects for various artists which he produces in his studio, Maggie’s Crib, in Surfside Beach, South Carolina.

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Slocan RamblersThe Slocan Ramblers from Canada (Friday and Saturday)
The Slocan Ramblers (2019 Juno Award Nominees) are Canada’s bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have become a leading light of today’s acoustic music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan, The Slocans have been winning over audiences from Merlefest to RockyGrass and everywhere in between.

On their much-anticipated new album Queen City Jubilee (2019 Juno Award Nominee for Traditional Roots Album of the Year), The Slocans showcase their unique blend of bluegrass, old-time and folk with deep song-writing, lightning fast instrumentals and sawdust-thick vocals. With their trademark raucous energy, this new album presents The Slocan Ramblers at the top of their game – writing and playing tunes to keep you up all night. This is roots music without pretension, music intended to make you feel something – say hello to your new favourite band.

The Slocans are:
Frank Evans: Banjo
Adrian Gross: Mandolin
Darryl Poulsen: Guitar
Alastair Whitehead: Bass
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North CountryNorth Country – WA.
Based out of Washington state, North Country is one of the premier bluegrass bands from the northwest. The lineup consists of Zach Top on lead vocals and mandolin, Norm Olsen on lead vocals and guitar, Michael Kilby on fiddle, dobro, and harmony vocals, Kent Powell on bass and harmony vocals, and Will McSeveney on Banjo.

Lonely Tonight is the second full length album from North Country. The project displays North Country’s aspiration to create something new and original, yet paying homage to classic bluegrass and country music. Lonely Tonight demonstrates the band’s hard work and efforts developing a unique sound, creative songwriting, and provides listeners with an emotional and enjoyable listening experience.
Members:
Zach Top: Lead Vocals / Mandolin / Guitar
Norm Olsen: Lead Vocals / Guitar
Will McSeveney: Banjo
Kent Powell: Bass / Vocals
Michael Kilby: Fiddle / Dobro / Vocals
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Me and the BoysMe and the Boys –  Bremerton –  Saturday main stage, Saturday night DANCE at Showcase stage
“Me & the Boys” featuring Roger Ferguson, Terry Enyeart, Rick Meade, and Mick Nicholson is a new group from the Pacific Northwest rocking the acoustic stages around Puget Sound. An amazing group that both, instrumentally and vocally fall in the category of over-kill! This little four piece can deliver the bluegrass goods from traditional grass to assorted material from such genres as classic rock and jazz – all with total ease – and on traditional acoustic instruments! Each, with more than 30 yrs personal experience on the professional music scene is deserving of the “Me” status… Yet, as the name implies, nobody wants top billing –
they just want to continue to make great music.
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The Warren G. HardingsThe Warren G Hardings – Seattle
The Warren G. Hardings, an award-winning dance stringband in Seattle, WA, hearken back to their forefathers with a unique brand of uptempo bluegrass. With “strong originals and stellar musicianship” according to Country Standard Time, the G’s have rewritten the rules of stringband music charging headlong into progressive sounds. Playing organic, handmade traditional bluegrass infused with infectious influences of Pop and Americana, they entertain with high-energy tunes you can’t help but dance to.
Band members:
Andrew Knapp – Bass
Gabriel Marowitz – Mandolin
Heath Reinhard – Banjo
Joe Ellingson – Guitar
Lee Callender – Fiddle
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Runaway Train Bluegrass BandRunaway Train Bluegrass Band (South Puget Sound Area)
Runaway Train has been the host band for the Bluegrass from the Forest Festival for the past 15 years.

Like strong traditional bluegrass with an edge to it? Then you’ll like Runaway Train! They play and sing traditional bluegrass and also stretch the limits! Formed in 2000, RT has evolved through the years with strong instrumental work and tight vocals. As host band for May’s Bluegrass from the Forest festival in Shelton,WA. RT also performs at festivals, concerts and private events. They’re based in the Puget Sound region.
Contact: Greg Linder 360 490 8981 48bluegrass@gmail.com
Members of the band: Greg Linder – guitar; John White – mandolin; Kent Powell – bass; Clayton Hess – banjo
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Country dance –  Last year was our first time at this – happening again this year!

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