Earnest songwriting, dedication to craft, and genuine care for the music is at the forefront of what they do. “We
never tell each other what to play. You can feel when the music is right”. Winners of 2019 RockGrass band competition!
The Dogwood String Band
Skillful picking and expert three and four-part harmonies are just part of what you can expect from the Dogwood String Band, who have been plying their brand of high-energy acoustic music across the Pacific Northwest. Melding sophisticated songcraft, irrepressible spirit, and remarkable instrumental ability, this band truly captures the spirit and enthusiasm of bluegrass music. Three members are songwriters and everyone sings lead so there is always something fresh to listen to. If you catch a live DSB performance, you will become an instant fan.
The Dogwood String Band... contemporary bluegrass-fueled Americana.
Homemade Jam features Bill and Margot O’Sullivan on mandolin and fiddle, and Bob and Michelle Hall on guitar and bass fiddle. All four performers sing and occasionally there is some trading around of instruments. This group plays a wide variety of acoustic music, from blues to bluegrass and Celtic to swing, and musical adventures in between! There is always something for everyone to enjoy.
Oregon’s Best Americana Dynamic Duo
Slipshod is Matt Snook (dobro and banjo) and Steve Blanchard (guitar and mandolin). They met a number of years ago as part of the Northwest Bluegrass community and became fast friends and picking partners.
Whistlin' Rufus has delighted family audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest for several years. Three and four part vocal harmonies, exciting instrumentation and contagious fun are part of the Rufusarian bluegrass experience.
A long time ago in Vancouver, Washington, there was a place called The Steeple Center, an old church where bluegrass classes were held. It is where we met and "steeped" ourselves in the music.
IMEA 2015 Bluegrass Group of the Year Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising is all about the stories and the stories of everyday America are what you get frm these four personable entertainers.