The Jacob Jolliff Band
Many here in the Pacific Northwest have been fans of Jacob Jolliff and his mandolin playing since he was a teenager in Newberg, Oregon. He often performed with his poet/songwriter dad and other local musicians. Sometimes we saw him on stage with bluegrass legends like David Grisman, who were taken by Jacob’s playing. We were right to think he was destined for big things.
At the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he joined a new wave of acoustic musicians who studied jazz, Celtic and other intricate musical forms that influenced Jacob’s musical tastes and versatility. By his sophomore year, he was playing with the roots-music band Joy Kills Sorrow, which toured extensively in the U.S. and overseas. He graduated from Berklee in 2011, and in 2012 he won the National Mandolin Championship in Winfield, Kansas.
Shortly after Joy Kills Sorrow took an indefinite break in 2014, the hugely popular Yonder Mountain String Band contacted him in search of a mandolin player. He immediately connected with the other musicians, and he soon became a full-time member. Jacob played and recorded with Yonder until the end of 2019.
In 2022, the incomparable Béla Fleck invited Jacob to join him and other stellar musicians like Bryan Sutton and Cody Kilby as part of the My Bluegrass Heart tour.
These days, the mandolinist’s main focus is The Jacob Jolliff Band. These virtuosic pickers play Jacob’s original instrumentals, while showcasing his singing. They have produced two albums. Visit website
Crying Uncle Band – California
Widely recognized as one of the most exciting young bands in acoustic music, Crying Uncle Bluegrass plays a unique mix of bluegrass, Dawg (David Grisman music), jazz, and modern originals. Brothers Miles and Teo Quale are joined by bassist Andrew Osborn and 2023 National Flat Pick Guitar Champion Ian Ly, all outstanding young musicians of the vibrant California bluegrass scene. Founded in 2016 as a Duo band, Miles and Teo formed the bluegrass band in 2017 and since then, they have continued to make waves in the world of bluegrass and acoustic music. The bluegrass band was the recipient of the 2023 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Momentum Band of the Year award. The band was also honored to perform for the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame’s induction of their hero, David Grisman.
Based in Northern California, Crying Uncle Bluegrass has opened for prestigious bands, including Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives 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, Strawberry Music Festival, SF’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Delfest, and Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. Internationally, the band toured in Japan in 2023 and in 2022, they headlined at Bluegrass in La Roche, France. In 2019, they toured throughout Finland, culminating at Kaustinen Folk Music Festival. In 2018, the band was featured on a TEDTalk by Nashville-based singer/songwriter Phoebe Hunt. Miles was also a proud recipient of the Whippoorwill Arts Fellowship in 2022. Crying Uncle Bluegrass is proud to be a Fishman artist and an Ear Trumpet Labs artist. Visit website
The Lonesome Town Painters – British Columbia
The Lonesome Town Painters are a tried-and-true, bona fide bluegrass band hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia. These fellas have a look, style and sound that harkens back to the raw and ragged edge of the genre. And while they draw deeply from the masters of the golden era, it’s their original songs that demonstrate just how far these fellas have come. Their songwriting is grounded in tradition, anchored by the soaring harmonies, melodic instrumentation and pushing drive that has come to define their spirited and highly entertaining performances.
“The Lonesome Town Painters certainly meet, and even surpass, expectations. Their picking, lead singing and harmonies are impeccable. And their original songs (bandmembers wrote nearly all these 13 tracks) are starkly original and emotionally and thematically varied, even as they hew to strict early bluegrass conventions.” – Bob Allen, Bluegrass Unlimited
“The Lonesome Town Painters faithfully recreate the look and sound of classic bluegrass music. Gathered around a single microphone, they bring the music of Bill Monroe and The Stanley Brothers to life with outstanding musicianship and performance.” -Pete Goodall, KBCS Bluegrass Ramble, Seattle, WA
The Lonesome Town Painters are:
Angelo Eidse, guitar, lead and backing vocals
Patrick Bartel, banjo, lead and backing vocals
Fred Beach, bass and backing vocals
Jeremy Freeman, mandolin, lead and backing vocals
Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms – WA
Dust off your boots and gather round for some honest honky tonk music.
Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms are known to roots music fans across the globe for their soulful harmonies, driving dance tunes, classic original songs and commitment to the raw truth of rural American music.
These two have helped inspire the remarkable growth of the old time community in the Pacific Northwest. Much of it began with Foghorn Stringband, which Caleb helped start and of which they are both members. Their following has grown along with the popularity of their country band and duet performances. They continue to draw fans and engage new listeners of all ages with traditional-style country dance music and heart-wrenching ballads. Caleb applies his years of immersion in traditional music to his own songwriting. In addition to Caleb’s originals – which sound like he co-wrote them with his musical idols – Caleb and Reeb have mined old country and mountain music to find songs they can make their own. They bring the spirit of legendary country duos into contemporary music, trading vocals and complementing each other’s voices.
Many of Caleb’s songs already have become standards in the world of honky tonk and bluegrass, and you can find his covers on a long list of recordings by other artists, as well as hearing them sung around the campfire.
Their blend of true harmonies, the well-crafted songs, and their un-showy authenticity strike a vein of connection wherever they perform and whatever your musical preference. Visit website
Heartbreak Pass – Idaho
Heartbreak Pass is the best kept secret from the mountains of North Idaho. This band has had quite a journey from the very first day they stepped onto a stage, some fifteen years ago. Born out of a love of music, they have performed on most stages east of the Cascade Mountains all the way to Montana. They have opened for Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, The Infamous StringDusters and performed at Wintergrass in Bellevue. One of two founding members, Bonnie Bliss, brings a lifetime of music and performance to the HBP stage. Long known as one of the best vocalists and bass players in the Inland Northwest bluegrass scene. Ms Bonnie is the ‘Rock’ this band is built around. Stan Hall, also a founding member, started his musical journey with HBP. His creatively crafted original tunes have been a favorite wherever he goes. Stan holds down the guitar duties, vocals and harmony. Randy Engle, the most recent addition to the band, brings his mando, octave mando and guitar, along with incredible vocals to round out this trio. Randy has spent most of his music journey performing gospel music and is no stranger to the stage. Heartbreak Pass will take you on an eclectic musical journey that you are sure to enjoy! Visit Facebook page
Union City Council Bluegrass Band – WA
Based in Union, WA area of Hood Canal, this band was recently created out of their love of traditional bluegrass and is sure to delight all! They are becoming a favorite band around the Pacific Northwest.
Guy Demartino – guitar
Gwendolyn Taylor – fiddle
Donald Strand – Dobro (resonator guitar) and mandolin
Martin Strand – bass
Greg Linder – guitar
Runaway 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.
Greg Linder guitar & vocals – Union, WA
Kent Powell bass & vocals – Tacoma, WA
John White mandolin & vocals – Olympia, WA
Clayton Hess, banjo – Woodinville, WA
The 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