More Bluegrass From the Forest 2020 Line Up bios coming soon!
Volume Five – North Carolina
Crying Uncle – CA.
Kristen Granger and True North – Salem, OR.
Whiskey Deaf – Portland
Salzer Creek – Centralia
Runaway Train (host band) – S Puget Sound
Friday night old time and Square dance – The Mountain Williams with caller Rebecca Bee – Olympia
Saturday night country dance – Band to be announced
Volume Five (South Carolina) Volume Five is celebrating the release of their latest album For Those That Care To Listen on Mountain Fever Records. This exceptional album was recorded at “the house” at Everett’s Music Barn in Suwanee, Georgia. The first single release was “The 15th of October” that also included a behind the scenes video of the song being recorded. Since the, Volume Five has hit #1 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 numerous times with various tracks from the album.
In 2018, the band celebrated their 10th anniversary with yet another Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Chart album – Milestones. As with their last hit album, Drifter also on the Mountain Fever Records label, the group certainly demonstrated their various styles of bluegrass that has earned them critical acclaim from media, radio and their peers.
In 2017, Volume Five was honored with two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards. They received the IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year Award and the prestigious the Song of the Year Award for “I Am A Drifter” written by Donna Ulisse and Marc Rossi.
Volume Five’s touring schedule has afforded them the benefit of playing with numerous artists over the years, some of whom have become fans such as Buddy Melton of Balsam Range who says, “What defines a great band? Superior musicianship, impeccable singing, moving song selections…Volume Five has all the above and more…Extremely talented, yet humble and genuinely real people. Volume Five has a magical quality about them that will undoubtedly make a lasting impression in the world of acoustic music.
In 2015, the band received two separate industry award nominations. Volume Five was nominated for IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award and also a GMA Dove Nomination for Bluegrass Song of the Year for “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” featuring guest vocals by Rhonda Vincent on the Dolly Parton cover song from their album Voices.
In 2014, Volume Five garnered two IBMA nominations: one for IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year and also for the IBMA Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for The Day We Learn To Fly (album), Stacy Richardson and Leroy Drumm (writers), Volume Five (producers), Mountain Fever (label). This was the band’s first gospel and fourth overall release on Mountain Fever Records.
Volume Five was founded by leader Glen Harrell in early 2008 and has now grown into one of bluegrass music’s most unique new acts. “When I put this group together, I knew the style of music I wanted us to play and the goals we wanted to achieve. It was just a matter of finding the right guys who wanted to create their own identity in the industry. I didn’t just want us to be another band that moves onto the scene and is gone in a few years, but one that would have a unique sound that players and listeners would remember for many years to come – one that sounded like no other band in the business,” said Glen.
Crying Uncle (Northern California) Whether playing straight-up bluegrass or virtuosic Dawg Grisman tunes, Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band (CUBG) delivers amazing instrumentals and vocal leads and harmonies that catapult the band into an elite sphere of artistry. Winners of the 2018 Pickin’ in the Pines Band Contest in Flagstaff AZ, and selected by the International Bluegrass Music Association to perform at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in North Carolina, CUBG is making waves in the bluegrass community. Brothers Miles and Teo Quale, National and State Champion fiddlers and pickers, are joined by award-winning bassist Andrew Osborn and former CBA Youth Ambassador guitarist John Gooding.
Crying Uncle was founded in 2016 by Miles and Teo, as a duo band with invited guest artists. They invited Andrew and John to join Crying Uncle’s Bluegrass Band in 2017. The band released in 2018 their first CD, Crying Uncle, which can be found on cdbaby.com, iTunes and other media platforms.
CUBG has opened for prestigious bands such as The Del McCoury Band and David Grisman Bluegrass Experience. The band has played at venues such as IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Festival, CBA’s Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival and Strawberry Music Festival. In 2018, the band was featured on a TEDxTalk with Phoebe Hunt. In 2019, the band traveled all over Finland on a 10-day tour. CUBG is based in Northern California.
Fronted by singer-songwriter Kristen Grainger, the band is comprised of multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Dan Wetzel and Pacific Northwest bluegrass superstars Martin Stevens (mandolin, octave mandolin, fiddle, vocals) and Josh Adkins (upright bass, vocals), both formerly of the Bluegrass Regulators.
Kristen Grainger is making a name for herself as a crafter of great songs, collecting accolades and awards at national songwriting contests at Telluride Bluegrass Festival (CO), Wildflower Arts & Music Festival (TX), IMEA (GA), Merlefest (NC), Kerrville (TX) and, together with Dan Wetzel, Wintergrass (WA). She recently won the 2019 Local Roots Northwest songwriting competition (Portland, OR).
The band’s newest project, Open Road, Broken Heart, debuted at #1 in 2018 on the folk DJ charts for national radio airplay and stayed in the Roots Music Report’s top 25 all year. Their 2014 release, Elsebound, spent 25 weeks in the top 10 and was the 7th most-aired folk album of 2015.
On stage, the band deftly delivers the mind-blowing harmonies and mad instrumentals of a band deeply rooted in traditional folk and bluegrass genres. As Folk World (UK) put it, “What comes over loud and clear is that one is in the presence of some seriously talented musicians.”