The Annual Amboy Bluegrass & Old
Time Music Festival that was taking place in June has been cancelled until
can, you may want to check out the Bluegrass Festival in Ridgefield in
|Square Dance called by Internationally Infamous Bill
Friday night after the main stage show at the
grange hall just a short way down
the road from the park.
Music by Caroline Oakley and the Amboy Pickups.
|Runaway Train - Olympia, Washington
"Solid bluegrass from some bluegrass veterans."
Runaway Train Website
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|Great Northern Planes -
"Always a good time and what great harmonies."
Northern Planes Website
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|Urban Monroes -
Portland, Oregon "The future of bluegrass. Solid instrumentals
and wonderful vocals."
Visit Urban Monroes My Space Website
Fashioned from the
heart of tradition and infused with adrenaline, the Urban
Monroes’ contemporary bluegrass style is an outgrowth of the
combined skill of some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest talent.
Possessing band member credits ranging from “record of the year”
and “CD of the year” to state bluegrass instrument champions,
their musical experience circles the globe having taken them as
far away as England and Scotland and even to Siberia…the long
way. Three of the Urban Monroes’ members have been featured on
the Emmy award winning television show “Oregon Art Beat.” With
Fran Kent – guitar and vocals, Matt Grey – banjo, Jason Mellow –
bass and Eddie Parente – fiddle, the Urban Monroes are the new
tradition in contemporary bluegrass.
|Jason Mellow was born in Norfolk, Virginia,
raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and moved west to Portland,
Oregon in August of 1995. With musical aspirations, he played
electric bass with Portland rock/groove/jazz/Americana bands
such as “Walleye”, “Rosewater”, “Louden/Mellow Project”, “Jon
Ostrom Band”, and “The Millies”. At age 30, Jason got his first
upright bass and helped form “Cross-eyed Rosie”. Now, a well
rounded bass player with real appreciation for the modern
acoustic sound and traditional music, Jason continues the
journey with the Urban Monroes, Cross-eyed Rosie as well as
playing pick up gigs with bands such as “Deadwood Revival” and
Matt Grey – banjo. Oregon State Banjo Champion and Nechville
endorsed artist. Matt has also played with “Everything’s G”,
“Mollybloom” and “True North” and can also be seen in a
banjo/fiddle duo with Jeff Shippy.
Fran Kent – guitar. “Record of the Year Final Chart” – Radio six
International Glascow and “CD of the Year” – Music Portal
Magazine for two consecutive full length CD releases. Fran has
played and toured with Joni Harms on guitar and vocals (Capital
Records and Warner Western), “Everything’s G”, “Cowboy
Orchestra”, “New Moon”, “Appalachian Swing”, and others. She
received an endowment from the Oregon Arts Commission and the
National Endowment for the Arts for her songwriting.
Fiddle player and Global touring violin monster musician. He has
played with more people than you can shake a stick at. His
performance credits range from the “Trail Band” to touring in
many cities in Western Russia, playing in philharmonic halls in
Beliki-Novgorod, Kazan, Ufa and Samara.
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|Deadwood Revival -
Port Angeles, Washington
"Old Timey with an edge. People will really love their sound."
Deadwood Revival Website
Kim, Jason, and Ches have an
undeniable connection intertwining “old-time, bluegrass, folk,
blues and even classic country flavors” into a timeless style of
good ole down home, feel good music. Their original tunes are
full of depth and emotions as well as lyrically beautiful. The
traditional tunes are bass thumping, rhythmically solid and
sometimes spin into moments of improvisation with the claw
hammer banjo often taking the lead role.
|The vocal harmony between Kim and Jason is so
powerful…a blend so tight…that their voices truly become one. As
if the music itself weren’t enough, the positive energy they
exude…that unknown dimension…is a large part of what draws
people in and keeps them coming back. The joy they put into
their music reflects back to the fans who take with them
feelings of happiness, positivism, and inspiration. That is why
in less than two years, Deadwood Revival has had an amazing
amount of accomplishments. Since early 2005, DwR has played over
300 shows, released two CDs earning rave reviews, won the 2005
Northwest String Summit band competition, toured the west coast
four times, played at some of the most reputable regional music
festivals, opened for national acts such as Hot Buttered Rum and
the Drew Emmitt Band, and had (and is still having!) radio
airplay on stations all across the country and Victoria.
Presenters and fans alike all ask the question, “When are you
coming back?” Is it any wonder?
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|Dewgrass - Gig Harbor, Washington
"Great family band with tremendous instrumentals."
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|Chickweed - Portland, Oregon
"Hot chicks, cool grass."
Visit Chickweed My Space Website
What is Chickweed anyway?
Portland’s HOT Bluegrass Band!
Chickweed is acoustic music that is: determined, high energy and
engaging with fast, raw vocals, strong chops, steady bass line
and melodic guitar featuring raucous original tunes, solid
bluegrass and traditional roots.
|Drawing on each member’s strengths, Chickweed
blends choice traditional tunes with new “old” originals.
Bringing the late night camp fire jam feeling to every audience
they now play for has been the goal of this exciting and raucous
trio of musicians. The humorous and entertaining nature of their
personalities is contagious. Always friendly and quick with a
smile, the ladies of Chickweed are ready to rock!
Abby Downs plays the guitar and provides a strong lead
vocal that puts the blues in bluegrass.
She hails from the big O, Ohio that is. When she was young, she
started singing with the glee club. When she realized it was not
quite her style but loved singing, she moved immediately to the
local rock scene. Abby then experimented with the Rocky Mountain
bluegrass scene in Telluride, Colorado, but longed for the
beauty and majesty of the Northwest rainforests. Today, Abby
makes Portland, Oregon her home. She relishes the support for
her songwriting and the inspiration of the local bluegrass
Finn Fox gets the crowd going with her lightning fast
mandolin playing, and gives Chickweed its signature sound.
Before she discovered the mandolin, her love of traditional
string music was inherited from her Grandfather’s passion for
square dance calling at the local grange hall. Finn’s affection
for playing music started with the piano and has evolved to the
mandolin. Moving from Buffalo, New York to the Olympic
Peninsula, her grandfather’s last words rang in her ear as she
built a cabin in the woods, “Bill Monroe”. After years of
striving for that high lonesome sound that eludes many a
bluegrass musician, Portland has become the springboard of
opportunity for her true calling.
Holly Wyman maintains the low end with a rock-solid bass
line that helps keep it all together.
Bluegrass has echoed through her life as far back as she can
remember. Banjo and guitar were the first live instruments she
ever heard played. Her grandfather and his siblings all played
instruments, bringing their love of acoustic string music with
them as they traveled to California during the Great Depression.
Holly loved music, but never had any intentions of playing an
instrument. One fateful night, she was invited to a Thanksgiving
Day party that turned out to be a picking party. A friendly
gesture was made and an upright bass was placed in her hands,
the very same one she plays today. The encouragement from great
friends and loved ones solidified her love for the low end, and
her bass, Carmella. It has truly changed her life 100%, just ask
her. Now calling Portland her home, you can usually find her
jamming late into the night, surrounded by friends, with her
laughter as the beacon.
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and Phoenix Rising - Tualatin, Oregon
"A Northwest favorite entertainer. A class act."
Visit Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising Website
Kathy Boyd and
Just as the mythical phoenix flew as high as it possibly could,
burst into flame and then arose reborn from the ashes…the same
phenomenon occurs with musicians and the bands they perform in.
Phoenix rising has a sound that’s fresh and new as the result of
its members performing together in various combinations over the
past 30 years. This particular group of individuals has now
gathered together in full force; bringing together the best of
bluegrass, Americana, cowboy, folk, country and some incredibly
talented songwriters to bring you a sound that is clean, hard
driving, and uniquely their own.
Well known throughout the Northwest for her high energy,
entertaining, classy style. Kathy provides the bass beat and
sparkle to Phoenix Rising. She has performed as a member of
“Something Blue”, “No Strings Attached”, “Knock ‘em Stiff”, “The
Pickups”, “The Oops Band”, and throughout the Western United
States and Canada with various musicians both on stage and in
the recording studio. This people lover is also a festival emcee
through Uptown Bluegrass, a public speaker for Odyssey Hospice
and the Alzheimer’s Association, and a people lover who’s heart
is as big as her instrument.
This astounding talent is known far and wide for his ability to
give any instrument he picks up a personality of its own. He has
performed with “Briarose” (for over 30 years), the “Flying
O’Carolan Brothers”, and throughout the United States with
various musicians both live and in the recording studio. Tim has
shared the stage with the likes of Bill Monroe, David Grisman,
Don Edwards, Baxter Black, and Riders in the Sky. Taking on the
duties of fiddle and mandolin player for Phoenix Rising, his
playing forms the character of the bands sound.
Our own Dr. Phil of Bluegrass, this master storyteller and
remarkable presence is our own lovable dancing teddy bear.
Taking on the duties of both banjo and dobro player for Phoenix
Rising, Tom’s playing adds a bit of whimsy and fun that is the
perfect counterpoint to the playing of his long time friend Tim
Crosby. He has performed as a member of “Briarose” (for over 30
years), “No Strings Attached”, “Knock ‘em Stiff”, “The Pickups”,
and the “Sussefusse International Dance Orchestra”. Tom has
performed throughout the world with various musicians both on
stage and in the recording studio.
Singing that high tenor and bringing the “high lonesome” sound
to the band, Dennis is the most recent addition to Phoenix
Rising. With a background in blues and country rock, he adds his
unique sound to the mix by playing lead and rhythm guitar. A
member of several bands during his travels from Wisconsin to
Alaska to Oregon, Dennis is our resident airplane pilot and
mechanic. You might also catch him as one of the “instigators”
of many of the jams throughout the Salem, Oregon area.
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|Whiskey Puppy -
"Raucous old timey good time."
Whiskey Puppy Website
Whiskey Puppy plays boot-stomping,
mule-slapping traditional bluegrass and old time music. The
Portland, Oregon trio brings energy, humor, and skillful
musicianship to little-known songs and tunes searched out from
the repertoires of the early Southern string bands. Known for
sweet three-part harmonies and their collection of chew toys,
Whiskey Puppy has been performing since 2001, including their
infamous 2005 “Kiss the Puppy” cross-country tour. They have
appeared at bars and festivals all over the West Coast, and in
2004 won the “Not quite bluegrass” band contest at the Columbia
Gorge Bluegrass Festival.
Whiskey Puppy features Rachel Gold (of the band The Flat
Mountain Girls) on guitar, Justin Auld (of the band Redwood
Highway) and on banjo and fiddle, and Travis ‘Tater’ Harrison
(of the bands Cocks in the Henhouse and Jackass Willie) on bass.
Justin and Rachel are honored to be the first Saturday of the
month hosts of KBOO’s (97.1 fm Portland) Music From The True
|Whiskey Puppy has four cds out currently
2001: Pork Dungeon (hair of the puppy)
▪ 2003: Love Storm (puppy style)
2005: Fate of Man (before the dawn of pants)
▪ 2008: Unleashed!
They have received
favorable reviews from some very reputable people including:
“Make no mistake about it…Whiskey Puppy has a raucous edge that
straddles the line between old time and bluegrass.” - Bluegrass
“Whiskey Puppy…is on the cutting edge of incredible energy
music…Whiskey Puppy has maintained the sound of the Skillet
Lickers and have as much fun as the old timers did.” – The
National Traditional Country Music Association Tradition
“Punch-drunk with a high-powered sound.” – The Missoula
“You would have a hard time distinguishing between this group
and any of the early 1920’s or ‘30’s string bands that were so
incredibly popular. Do puppies really drink whiskey?” – The
National Traditional Country Music Association Magazine 2006
In their own words:
We love the string bands of the 1920’s-1950’s because they had a
raucous good time singing about prohibition, homesickness, and
heartbreak. Whiskey Puppy continues this tradition, finding the
richest songs from the old time string bands, medicine show
performers, blues masters, and early bluegrass greats, and
striving to have as much fun with them as our musical
predecessors did. We are Whiskey Puppy – Unleashed!
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|Wide River - Spokane, Washington
"Solid bluegrass band influenced by blues, swing, jazz, a bit of 60's
and 70's rock and a touch of old time honky-tonk country!"
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|Small Towne - Astoria, Oregon
"Amazing vocals and solid instrumentals, traditional to the core"
Visit Small Towne My Space Website
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|The Puddletown Ramblers
- Portland, Oregon (I gotta get in on the action, it's just too
much fun) "A Northwest legend"
Visit Puddletown Ramblers Website
Puddletown Ramblers –
The Myth, The Legend
This unstoppable force, believe me, people have tried to stop
them, was hatched on a glorious Wednesday night in 1996 when
three outstanding young men met for the first time at Chick
Rose’s bluegrass class, Steeplegrass, in Vancouver, Washington.
Upon striking that first out-of-tune chord, while playing
completely different songs, they boys knew it was destiny. Well,
time went by and their playing ability improved to beginner
level. They decided it was predetermined that they form some
sort of band to try and get paid for jamming together. This lead
to the formation of the bluegrass supergroup Puddletown
Ramblers. The heavens parted, the sun shone, and the legend was
|The guys took it to the next level by adding a
fiddle and a bass player who shared their dream of one day
becoming bluegrass kings. With the addition of the bass, rhythm
and timing were suddenly discovered and their distinctive sound
was unleashed upon the world. The boys practiced and practiced
the old-time and traditional songs, and, when one of them
learned to write, they began performing some original songs in
addition to ripping off other band’s set lists. This was the
sign that they were waiting for and took the show on the road;
pretty much taking any gig offered to them out of desperation.
They paid their dues to the bluegrass gods and got the
experience and gas money they needed to become international
superstars. They boys learned through the struggle of “the long
hard road” that it takes a lot of hard work and effort to be a
band. It’s not like jamming in a la-z-boy at all! They overcame
the long nights, obsessed fans, paparazzi and supermodels, and
went on to over ten years and counting of incredible shows.
Over the years they have earned at least a few really loyal fans
in Yugoslavia. Their cd Black Highway is a big hit in the
Eastern Block. They are currently searching for other songs to
rip off for their upcoming newest release. The band has learned
a lot performing, including, always zip up your pants before
going onstage. Plus, they found out that chicken wire dices the
tomatoes perfectly when thrown at the rate of at least sixty
miles per hour. The Puddletown Ramblers are survivors and a
great bluegrass legend.
Puddletown Ramblers – The Members and Lore
David Peterson Plays lead guitar, dobro and sings. He is known
far and wide as “Fast-talkin’ Dave, the West Coast Promotions
King”. The band believes he could sell ice cubes to an Eskimo.
His day job involves computers, taking over the world, and
drinking lattes. David’s passion is music and he loves his
guitar. He sometimes cuddles it. We’ve seen him do it! He is a
Portland, Oregon native and enjoys being able to read and write,
groupies and performing with these old guys. David is the band’s
manager and often gets them hired at some of the finest freeway
off-ramps and greasy spoons. Yes ladies, he’s single.
From Vancouver, Washington comes Joe Martin, who plays rhythm
guitar and sings. Joe was recently asked to say a few words
about his musical career. He responded with “hmmm, a few words,
lets see, cauliflower?, succotash?, horsefeathers?”. Although
some things may on occasion get by him, he is certainly a nice
guy and never misses a beat. He will generally be right on the
timing of a song even when everyone else isn’t. Joe enjoys
finding that “tasty harmony” and those “neat little licks” that
add to the “wall of sound” that the Puddletown Ramblers have.
Joe is a plumber by day and really gets into “tearin’ apart a
toilet in less than ten minutes”. If you shake his hand, wash
Tom Martin, also from Vancouver, Washington, and Joe’s older
brother, is the band’s legendary banjo player and he also sings.
When you watch Tom play, the pain, sorrow and the chili he just
ate is definitely on his face and you feel what he feels. Tom’s
“unique”, “interesting”, and “controversial” banjo style was
developed by the CIA in the sixties as a method to extract
information from suspected spies. Born into a very large musical
family filled with opinions and attitude, he brings the band a
wealth of witty comebacks and submission holds. Never a practice
goes by when all the problems of the world aren’t solved with
one of Tom’s readily available opinions. Tom is an auto mechanic
by day and an elite crime-fighting superhero by night. His banjo
is his weapon.
Fred Schulz plays the fiddle, mandolin and sings in the band.
Fred is determined to bring about a new form of civilization
with his fiddle playing. When the new dawn comes, he will be
“tilling his land” and “polishing his shotgun” while laughing at
the rest of us. Fred is the yin to Tom’s yang and their
discussions have been known to last for days. While they have
never as of yet led to fisticuffs, we do have to send them to
their rooms at times. Fred enjoys getting his hands dirty,
jamming to the wee hours and free food. We recently learned that
Fred has reached the twentieth century with the purchase of a
ten year old microwave and a cell phone, both “instruments of
the devil” as Fred puts it. Although without electricity, we
aren’t sure how he’s going to use them.
Playing the bass and giving the band much needed class and
distinction, is Walt Jacobson. An all-around great guy, he keeps
us all in line with solid rhythm and runs. We’d like to thank
Walt for lowering his standards and performing with us. We’d
also like to thank Walt for smacking us when we needed it.
Although Walt has a good voice, he refuses to sing with us.
Everyone has their limits. Walt prefers to sing to pets and
while in the shower. The band has affectionately, and out of
fear, named him “Enforcer”. We also refer to him as “Walking
Bass” because the boy can play! When we try to speed up a song,
he gently and lovingly tells us to “get it right dummies!” Walt
enjoys his family, motorcycles, a nicely ironed shirt and
secretly laughing at us on the inside.
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|Reggie Miles - Sultan, Washington
(he will open the show both days, he plays bottleneck guitar, slide
guitar, "nobro", harmonica and the saw!) "You gotta see this guy. He's
amazing and death defying!"
Miles Geocities Website
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| George Chudacoff -
"A wonderful musician and teacher well known in the Northwest and
George Chudacoff CD Baby Website
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Short Cuts to: Runaway
▪ Urban Monroes
▪ Deadwood Revival
Boyd and Phoenix Rising
▪ Whiskey Puppy
▪ Wide River
▪ Small Towne
▪ Puddletown Ramblers
▪ Reggie Miles
▪ George Chudacoff
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