More Bluegrass From the Forest 2021 Line Up  bios coming soon!

Crying Uncle – CA
Kristen Granger and True North – Salem, OR
Whiskey Deaf Duet & Friends – Portland, OR
Kian Dye and the Cascade String Band – Washington
Runaway Train (host band) – S Puget Sound

Saturday night country danceBar K Buckaroos

Crying UncleCrying Uncle Bluegrass Band (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, 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.


Kristen Grainger and True NorthKristen Granger & True North is a folk-bluegrass powerhouse of terrific songwriting, lush vocals and crazy-good instrumentalists.

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, winning the 2020 USA Songwriting Competition (folk) and taking second in Overall Grand Prize (all genres). She has collected accolades and awards at Telluride Bluegrass Festival (CO), Wildflower Arts & Music Festival (TX), IMEA (GA), Merlefest (NC), Kerrville (TX) and, together with Dan Wetzel, Wintergrass (WA). She also won the 2019 Local Roots Northwest songwriting competition (Portland, OR).

The band’s newest project, Ghost Tattoo, released in June 2020, made Folk Alley’s Listener’s Choice: Top Albums of 2020 (#12) and earned many excellent reviews. (See Press )

Their 2018 release, Open Road, Broken Heart, debuted at #1 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 song-stories, 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.” Visit website

Whiskey Deaf Duet & FriendsWhiskey Deaf Duet & Friends Based in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA, Whiskey Deaf plays many regional festivals, small concerts, and occasional private shows. The band is made up of talented and experienced bluegrass musicians who share a passion for finding and playing lesser known bluegrass and related music from the repertoires of first generation bluegrass, early country and old-time sources, and then giving it the Whiskey Deaf stamp. Everyone in the band loves playing this music, and loves playing it with each other, and that comes through in every show.

Annie Staninec – Fiddle and vocals
Annie began playing fiddle at age four, was performing by age 11 and since that time she has made her living performing and teaching in a variety of styles all over the world. Before the age of 21 Annie had toured with David Grisman and the Gypsy Caravan, Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, and numerous other regional groups. Thereafter, she joined several national acts including Town Mountain and the Kathy Kallick Band, of which she is a permanent member, and expanded her repertoire to include such diverse artists as Mary Gauthier and even Rod Stewart.
John Kael – Guitar and vocals
John Kael has been teaching and performing bluegrass guitar, mandolin, banjo and bass for over 20 years, and is also an established songwriter – his award-winning song Handmade Cross can be heard on the Grammy-nominated album “Hard Game of Love” by Doyle Lawson. Visit website

Kian Dye BandKian Dye and the Cascade String Band
Kian Dye & the Cascade String Band formed especially for the Bluegrass From the Forest Festival. Kian, Forrest, and Jack have played together in many different bands over the years and each is a powerful musician in his own right. Together, this trio takes their playing to a new level. Inspired by solid traditional bluegrass influences, along with Old Time and country-western, this band will not disappoint.
Kian Dye – Fiddle, mandolin and vocals
Raised in Portland, OR, where he made a name for himself as one of the premier fiddlers in the region, Kian has played and performed since childhood (winning many fiddle contests). He later toured with a variety of bands, and recorded on three full length studio albums and many other smaller projects. Kian currently lives in Bellingham, WA where he teaches fiddle, mandolin, and guitar, and studies at Western Washington University. Visit Kian’s website
Forrest Marowitz – Bass and vocals
Growing up in a musical family, Forrest played bass all over the northwest. After graduating from Colorado College, he toured the country in several bands before settling in Seattle and co-leading the trio Rain City Ramblers. Forrest has played with Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, Western Centuries, AJ Lee and Blue Summit, Whiskey Deaf, Scott Gates, Eli West, Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, The Warren G Hardings, and many others. Visit Forrest’s SoundCloud and Instagram
Jack Dwyer – Guitar, banjo, mando, vocals
A multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and teacher based in the Pacific Northwest, Jack records and performs original music under his own name and works as a freelance picker with some of the most respected Northwest and nationally-based musicians. On top of playing just about every instrument, Jack’s amazing vocals range from baritone to tenor. Visit website

Kentucky Sky Bluegrass BandKentucky Sky – Traditional bluegrass music
Randy Hackworth‘s roots take him back to the hills of Eastern Kentucky. Although he has played in several bands and genres of music, his love and passion is for that Bluegrass sound. As a singer/songwriter and guitarist, it just seems to be the perfect fit.
Emily Frank was raised listening to nothing but bluegrass music, and it’s still the only music she listens to. She has played in several different bands. The current group is called “Kentucky Sky” where she contributes with acoustic bass and vocals, as well as writing songs. Emily says, “I love playing music with these guys and doing harmonies. Plus I get to dress old style and wear hats.”
Fred Frank has been in many Bluegrass bands over the years starting his Bluegrass career with the Stone Mountain Bluegrass Co. He has played banjo, mandolin, and guitar in different bands, but in Kentucky Sky he is on five string banjo and singing vocal harmonies. Fred says: “This is one of the most traditional groups I have been in, and I’m having a blast.”
Chad Fadely is originally from Hot Springs, AR. Chad is the newest member of the band but has shared the stage with Fred and Emily many times over the years as a member of New South Fork. Chad has played in many bands from MT and when not making his living playing the mandolin, he’s selling guitars for Music Villa in Bozeman, MT.
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Runaway Train Bluegrass BandRunaway Train Bluegrass
Like strong traditional bluegrass with an edge to it? Then you’ll like Runaway Train Bluegrass! They perform on special occasions when time and availability permits. They’re the host band for Bluegrass from the Forest festival and they also play an important role in helping to get the festival going every year.
Jamie Blair, banjo & vocals – Maple Valley, WA
Greg Linder guitar & vocals – Union, WA
Kent Powell bass & vocals – Tacoma, WA
John White mandolin & vocals – Olympia, WA


The Bar-K BuckaroosThe Bar-K Buckaroos – The Host Band for the Saturday Night Country Dance
The Bar-K Buckaroos play traditional western swing dance music in the style of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. They bring their love of Bluegrass, Country and Swing, Jazz, Blues and Raggae’ to form a great evening of western swing and 20-40’s era swing music.
The band, based on the north coast of Oregon is made up of:
Brad Griswold – Guitar & vocals
Dave Quinton – Bass & vocals
Richard Thomasian – Lead Guitar and vocals
Tom Peake – Percussion
Scott Wagner – Trumpet
Barbara Collins – Fiddle