Bluegrass From the Forest 2018 Line Up
Mile Twelve Bluegrass (Boston) Performing Saturday and Sunday
Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. Fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in bluegrass and folk circles, Evan Murphy, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Nate Sabat, BB Bowness and David Benedict write captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences. Banjo luminary Tony Trischka says, “Mile Twelve is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity.”
Since their formation in the fall of 2014, Mile Twelve has quickly been on the rise. They’ve performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia, including sets at major festivals such as Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, FreshGrass Festival, Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival, and Joe Val Bluegrass Festival. Their music is in rotation on the Bluegrass Junction Sirius XM channel, and their rendition of the Stanley Brothers classic “Our Last Goodbye” was featured on a Spotify “Fresh Bluegrass” playlist. The band was the winner of the 2017 Momentum Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association, and in October 2017 released their debut full-length record “Onwards”, produced by Stephen Mougin.
The Kathy Kallick Band (California) Performing Saturday and Sunday
The Kathy Kallick Band is based along the west coast — Kathy and Tom are from the San Francisco Bay Area, Annie’s from Portland, Cary from Seattle, and Greg from Anchorage — but their powerful mixture of original and classic material, mirroring their distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary sensibilities, has great appeal everywhere.
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 has been leading bands in this traditional brand of West Coast bluegrass for many years, and continues to evolve as one of the music’s extraordinary composers and vocalists. Foxhounds is her 20th album, recordings which include nearly 150 of her original songs.
Foxhounds is also the fifth album for the Kathy Kallick Band. Each of their four previous releases has spent a year in the upper echelon of the national bluegrass charts, and Foxhounds promises to be no exception. The material is compelling and varied, the instrumental playing is dazzling and inventive, the vocals luminous and extraordinary. And they’re truly a band, listening to and sparked by each other, contributing to the songs and the sound as a whole. Just like a KKB show!
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (Colorado) Performing on Friday
This high-energy five-piece bluegrass band is located in the Western Frontier state of Colorado. Their distinctive sound showcases an eclectic range of influences that marry second and third generation bluegrass, delivering a unique experience that captivates audiences and keeps them guessing: It’s a powerful, high mountain “bluegrass explosion” that features world-class banjo and mandolin playing, incredible vocals, a solid and energetic rhythm and an easy stage banter that has delighted listeners all over the world.
Fronted by internationally acclaimed two-time National Banjo Champion Jeff Scroggins, their distinct style is immediately recognizable due to Jeff’s unique and diverse range of influences, which include Alan Munde, Don Reno, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. His fiery style and lightning-fast licks have earned him worldwide recognition and have left many a first-time listener in stunned disbelief!
The band also features the award-winning mandolin playing of Jeff’s son Tristan Scroggins. At only 21 years old, Tristan is an award-winning instrumentalist and accomplished songwriter in his own right while the instrumentals he shares with Jeff play a large role in the band’s unique and energetic style. In 2016, Tristan was nominated for the Instrumental Momentum Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association . West Virginia native Greg Blake provides powerful bluegrass vocals steeped in country heritage, bringing a truly authentic sound developed from a lifetime of singing bluegrass, gospel, and country. Twice nominated for the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America’s (SPBGMA) “Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year” award, Greg’s phenomenal guitar playing has earned him nine nominations and five consecutive wins as SPBGMA’s Guitarist of the Year. They are joined by Oregon native, 2016 Rockygrass Fiddle Champion, 2016 Arizona State Fiddle Champion, and 2017 IBMA Momentum Award Nominee Ellie Hakanson on fiddle and vocals. In addition to their individual accomplishments, the band was featured as the California Bluegrass Association’s Emerging Artist of the year, an honor given into the past to bands such as Della Mae, and Chris Henry & the Hardcore Grass.
Caleb Klauder (Portland, OR)
If you’ve traveled anywhere in North America and Europe, or have spent any time listening to country music that is outside of the radio charts, you will have heard the name Caleb Klauder. Caleb represents the best of the Northwest music scene and his music has inspired many people across the globe. Caleb has been touring nationally and internationally for over 20 years. He first toured with acclaimed folk-rock band Calobo, a luminary in the Northwest’s burgeoning 90’s music scene. He has been leading his own band, the Caleb Klauder Band, since 2000, a venue for his original and timeless songs. And he is a founding member of the widely celebrated Foghorn Stringband, with whom he tours regularly. Caleb’s music is far reaching and influential.
Notable performances have been given at festivals such as Tønder Festival in Denmark, the Black Pot Festival in Louisiana, Pickathon in Portland Or., The Calgary Folk Festival, Old Tones Roots Music Festival in NY., Ossipee Festival in MN, The Chicago Roots Music Festival, The Savannah Music Festival in GA.
Caleb has penned over 50 songs many of which are standards across America in honky tonk and bluegrass jams and festivals, both on and off stage. There is a long list of bands and singers who have recorded Caleb’s songs over the years.
Caleb’s collaborations include working with Dirk Powell and Riley Baugus both live and in the studio. Caleb has produced two albums made in Portland Oregon. He also joined forces with Jesse Lége and Joel Savoy to form the Cajun Country Revival, a honky tonk cajun country band.
Caleb Is presently touring and promoting his new album with Reeb Willms called Innocent Road. This is a full length, full band recording featuring more of Caleb’s original songs, with Reeb and Caleb both sharing the lead vocal role.
Lochwood Bluegrass Band (Montana)
Lochwood is Montana’s best traditional Bluegrass band. Coming together in 2014, the goal of this band has always been playing the music the “right” way in the tradition of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Bros. This band features 3-part harmonies, hard driving rhythms and exciting solos. Their members come from all over the country, but the common theme is the rural Mountain values found in western Montana.
Richie Reinholdt (guitar, lead and harmony vocals as well as songwriting for the band) has been a major player in the acoustic scene in western Montana area for many years. keeps us on the right path with his knowledge of Bluegrass tradition & solid guitar work.
John Parker (bass and vocals) has been leading bands in the Western MT area since the mid 1970s. His band Finley Creek was a mainstay in the area for many years.
Steve Taft (banjo) cut his bluegrass teeth in the Seattle BG scene in many well-known bands, most recently Brother’s Keeper. He’s also appeared regularly with Rural Delivery and was a founding member of Lonesome Road.
Chad Fadely (mandolin) has been the go-to player in Western Montana for more than 20 years. Usually active in multiple bands, Chad keeps busy playing that Bluegrass style he loves and when he’s not playing mandolins or guitars, he’s selling them at Music Villa in Bozeman, MT.
Taylor Buckley (fiddle and vocal harmony) Taylor grew up playing Bluegrass with his family band, The Buckley’s. After an extended stay on the east coast, Taylor is now back in his home state of Montana!
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Runaway Train Bluegrass Band (South Puget Sound Area)
Runaway Train has been the host band for the Bluegrass from the Forest Festival for the past 14 years. Formed in 2000 and from the Puget Sound area, they have performed throughout the Northwest at most of the major bluegrass festivals and other events. Although some of the member have changed over the years, their music consistently holds to traditional bluegrass, while pushing the boundaries a bit. Members include: Greg Linder – guitar, Kent Powell – bass, John White – mandolin and Clayton Hess – banjo.
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New this year – Saturday night (after the show) country dance with Caleb, Reeb and friends (members of Kalleck and Mile 12), after which will be our (in)famous Midnight Hotdogs!