THE LINE-UP: PROFILES AND SCHEDULE

THE LINE-UP: PROFILES, SCHEDULE

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FRIDAY: Title

FRIDAY, 
JANUARY 24

BLUEGRASS

FRIDAY: Brief

COMMUNITY CONCERT

4:30 PM - COMMUNITY CONCERT

WITH CIRCUS NO. 9


SPONSORED BY 

7:00 PM - JOHN REISCHMAN


7:00 PM - JOHN REISCHMAN AND THE JAYBIRDS


John Reischman is one of the premier mandolinists of his generation. He’s a master instrumentalist capable of swinging between re-inventions of traditional old-time tunes, deconstructions from the bluegrass repertoire, and compelling original tunes, many of which have become standards. He’s also a powerful bandleader, touring his band the Jaybirds all over Canada and the United States. But most of all, he’s an understated visionary, the kind of master craftsman whose music is virtuosic without ever being flashy and who is renowned for his impeccable taste and tone as an artist. John Reischman embodies the true spirit of acoustic music in the 21stcentury.

He’s a master instrumentalist capable of swinging between re-inventions of traditional old-time tunes, deconstructions from the bluegrass repertoire, and compelling original tunes, many of which have become standards.

 A Juno-nominated and Grammy-award winning artist, John Reischman is known today for his work with his band the Jaybirds and his acclaimed solo albums, but he got his start as an original member of the Tony Rice Unit in the late 1970s. With the Tony Rice Unit, Reischman helped define the “new acoustic music” movement in bluegrass thanks to their high-profile albums on Rounder Records. Building this sound, Reischman was of course influenced early on by Monroe’s mandolin playing, but also by the playing of early bluegrass mandolinists like Sam Bush, David Grisman, and jazz mandolinist Jethro Burns. Living in the Bay Area in the 80s, Reischman toured and performed with seminal bluegrass band The Good Ol’ Persons, cementing his reputation as a powerful mandolinist with an original vision for the instrument. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in the 1990s and formed The Jaybirds, but Reischman never stopped his musical explorations. In 1996, he won a Grammy as part of Todd Phillips’ all-star tribute album to Bill Monroe. Over the years, he’s overseen collaborations with a remarkably wide range of artists, like bluegrass singer Kathy Kallick, to guitarist Scott Nygaard, banjo wiz Tony Furtado, Chinese Music ensemble Red Chamber, Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Celso Machado, singer songwriter Susan Crowe, and more. 

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8:30 PM - KATHY KALLICK BAND


8:30 PM - KATHY KALLICK BAND


“Jaw-dropping awesome!!!”is how the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival describes the KKB. The band looks forward to proving them right at every show and with every spin!

The Kathy Kallick Band is based along the west coast, from the San Francisco Bay Area to Anchorage, but their powerful mixture of original and classic music, mirroring their distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary sensibilities, has great appeal everywhere.

Kathy Kallick’s exceptional career includes winning a Grammy and two IBMA Awards, receiving a Lifetime Membership from the California Bluegrass Association, co-founding the internationally-acclaimed Good Ol’ Persons, and collaborating with the country’s top acoustic musicians – including her mighty band: Annie Staninec (fiddle), Greg Booth (dobro, banjo), Tom Bekeny (mandolin), and Cary Black (acoustic bass).

Their new release — Horrible World— promises to follow in the tradition of the previous five Kathy Kallick Band albums; all received widespread critical acclaim, and all spent a year in the upper echelons of the national charts. This one contains a half-dozen new Kathy compositions, an original instrumental from KKB member Tom Bekeny, distinctive covers of numbers learned from Bill Monroe, the Carter Family, and Bob Wills, plus a couple of unique interpretations of traditional songs.

“Put a Kathy Kallick Band album on, and you know you’re in for songs, arrangements, and performances at the highest level. And you will never have your intelligence insulted. As the title implies, Horrible World carries a strong element of social commentary directed at this particularly unsettled, chaotic moment in our national journey, but the criticism is laced with hope and humor, the commentary subtext as much as text … Amid all the superior music and musicianship, “Cotton Eyed Joe” is the standout, brilliantly reinvented … Just about everything I love about American folk music is in that song. Kallick and companions lay down an adaptation for the ages.”
– Jerome Clark,
Rambles

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SATURDAY: Title, Button

SATURDAY,
JANUARY 25

AMERICANA

SATURDAY: Headliners

*SATURDAY HEADLINERS

MR. & MRS SMITH2


1:00 PM - 1:45 PM 
MR & MRS SOMETHING


Mr & Mrs Something are husband and wife Benjamin “Bino” and Chelsea Peck.

Weaving the soulful passion of Blues with the honesty of Folk, Mr  & Mrs Something offer a refreshing taste of hope that feels like coming home. 

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JIM HURST2


2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
JIM HURST


"Jim Hurst is one of the most versatile and tasteful guitar players I know. Whether he's flailing the rhythm for an old-time fiddle tune, laying down a funky groove, or finger picking a beautiful ballad, his playing is both impeccable and creative. Accompanying this instrumental virtuosity is a rich and expressive voice with a surprising range." Mark Schatz

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GREG BLAKE BAND2


3:45 PM - 4:45 PM 
GREG BLAKE BAND 


Greg put together a band consisting of former Bluegrass Missourian band mates Grant Cochran and Brian McCarty, one of Missouri’s finest Scruggs-style banjo players Todd Davis, and fiery lady fiddler and singer from Iowa Annie Savage, to perform at long-running Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Arkansas festivals and venues. This is a Midwest band with a traditional, Midwest flavor performing primarily for Midwest audiences, but invitations are already coming from many different places outside the familiar plains and rolling hills of the Midwest for what this band has to offer.

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CIRCUS NO. 9


7:00 PM - CIRCUS NO. 9



Circus No. 9 is East Tennessee’s own Progressive Bluegrass outfit, blurring the lines between Bluegrass, Jazz, and Rock. Described as “John Hartford meets John Coltrane,” the group has appeared alongside artists including David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Larry Keel, among others. Comprised of musicians Matthew Davis, Thomas Cassell, Vince Ilagan, and Ben Garnett, Circus No. 9 is one of the most exciting new bands on the acoustic music scene today.

"Circus No. 9 represents everything that's good about the new generation of acoustic music. These guys already exhibit a maturity and musicianship that has me thinking we're going to be hearing great stuff from them for a long time!" - Bryan Sutton

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LIVINGSTON TAYLOR


8:30 PM - LIVINGSTON TAYLOR


Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, which began a 50-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting, and teaching. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate, and Hugh. Livingston recorded his first record at the age of 18 and has continued to create well crafted, introspective, and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide.

From top-40 hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running,” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman,” the last two recorded by his brother James, Livingston’s creative output has continued unabated. His musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres—folk, pop, gospel, jazz—and from upbeat storytelling and touching ballads to full orchestra performances.

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SUNDAY: Title

SUNDAY,
JANUARY 26

FOLK CONCERTS

SUNDAY: Brief

TRUE NORTH DUO


1:00 PM
TYLER STENSON


Drawing comparison to singer-songwriter greats such James Taylor, Cat Stevens and Ryan Adams, Stenson has been locally recognized as the Portland Singer-Songwriter of the Year by the Portland Songwriters Association and Best Male Artist at the Portland Music Awards. On the national stage, he was hand-picked by legendary producer Don Was as a Top 10 Finalist in Guitar Center’s Great American Singer-Songwriter Search, as well as hand-selected by Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) and Ryan Spaulding to be featured in their Outlaw Roadshow Showcases (SxSW+NYC). Stenson’s music is in regular rotation on SiriusXM’s The Coffee House and can be heard on a number of Chevrolet commercials, several popular television series and opening for other prominent artists such as LeAnn Rimes, George Ezra, Chris Isaak, John Popper, Marc Cohn and more.

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TYLER STENSON


2:30 PM
TRUE NORTH DUO DAN WETZEL & KRISTEN GRAINGER


TRUE NORTH DUO (Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel) continue to make artistry of ordinary life, creating memorable songs that alternately warm and wrench the human heart. The duo’s interpersonal chemistry sparks and smokes onstage, like distant lightning from a summer storm, and the emotional wallop of their conjoined voices grabs the heart and pulls it out to sea. 

The duo has taken Kristen’s songcraft to the national level, winning awards and recognition at prestigious international songwriting contests at Wildflower (TX), Telluride Bluegrass Festival (CO), Kerrville (TX), and MerleFest (NC). She also won the 2019 Local Roots Northwest songwriting contest in Portland. 

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