2019 ARTIST LINEUP
Mile Twelve / The Foghorn Stringband / The Slocan Ramblers / Old Growth Quartet / Story House
The Lonesome Town Painters / Magnolia Buckskin / Go Ask Earl / The Bugs
It is a commitment to avoid what is easy and predictable that fuels Mile Twelve’s continued march forward. The winners of IBMA’s 2017 Momentum award are now nominated for 2018 Emerging Artist of the year, and they show no signs of slowing. Their debut full-length album Onwards, produced by Stephen Mougin, was met with critical acclaim and earned the band time at the top of the bluegrass charts as well as an IBMA nomination for 2018 Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year. John Lawless of Bluegrass Today says, “The Boston-based group has been making noise in bluegrass with their virtuosic approach to the music, clever songwriting and arrangements, a nose-to-the-grindstone attitude, and a youthful energy that appeals to all age groups. All of that shows on their new release, Onwards.”
They’ll be heading into the studio at the end of 2018 to record their sophomore project with Nashville-based Ben Surratt at the board and guitar virtuoso Bryan Sutton producing. Paul Schiminger, President of The IBMA says, “What I and so many others love about Mile Twelve is their musicianship, material, and energy. Their sound is fresh and innovative, yet rooted in a solid foundation of bluegrass. They move easily among traditional bluegrass classics, terrific original material, and interpretations of pop music classics, while knocking you over with their strong instrumentals and harmonies.” Tim O’Brien calls them “a group to watch in the coming decade.”
American roots music is a diverse and never-ending well of inspiration, and Foghorn Stringband continually and obsessively draws from old-time, bluegrass, classic country, and Cajun music traditions in an ongoing quest to present a broad span of American historical music with an unparalleled youthful energy, joy, and virtuosity. To the band, this music is as relevant today as it was at its birth a century ago. They see themselves not only as cultural revivalists, but also as historians and fans of this music. Their performances and recordings are a joyful celebration of music from a bygone era that still holds the power to delight audiences worldwide.
The Slocan Ramblers
The Slocan Ramblers (2019 Juno Award Nominees) are Canada’s bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have become a leading light of today’s acoustic music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan, The Slocans have been winning over audiences from Merlefest to RockyGrass and everywhere in between.
Old Growth Quartet
The unique vocal connection between these three singers is the centerpiece of Old Growth Quartet. The band features an eclectic repertoire of traditional and original music with deep roots in bluegrass, country, and folk. The band’s instrumental firepower features the virtuosic lead guitar playing of Dale Adkins and the riveting fiddling of Paul Elliott. Joe Wilmhoff (bass) and Don Share (guitar) provide a rhythm section and groove that will grab your attention. Joining the group for some performances is Greg Spatz of John Reischman and the Jaybirds, hailed as a “world-class bluegrass fiddler” by Fiddler Magazine.
Story House is made up of five musicians who have been active in the Pacific Northwest bluegrass scene for many years. The members of Story House are all accomplished musicians blending their talents to create their unique approach to bluegrass music. Though all five members of the band sing, Jake & Maiken’s arresting duet singing is the cornerstone of the band’s vocal sound. Story House is a modern bluegrass band steeped in the old tones. The band features mainly original songs and tunes, mixed with covers of great songs both old and new. Robbie Bennett, the newest member, is a powerful fiddle player who as a young man studied with the legendary Kenny Baker and played with Ralph Stanley.
Lonesome Town Painters
The Lonesome Town Painters are Vancouver’s traditional bluegrass standard-bearers. Having gravitated toward each other in late-night local jam sessions, and by way of their mutual adoration for the Stanley Brothers, these fellows harken back to the raw and ragged edge of the genre. Their high-lonesome harmony singing and melodic instrumentation pay homage to bluegrass pioneers, while their spirited performances kick the dust off of golden-era favourites, and bristle with emotional honesty. Playing an eclectic mix of songs about love and loss, the odd original, as well as gospel, The Lonesome Town Painters would be equally at home in the barroom on Saturday night and the next morning’s church service, comfortable treading that fine line between perdition and salvation.
These four singer/songwriters join forces in an acoustic quartet of sublime vocals and refreshing original songs that will elevate your soul! They have been winning the hearts of audiences for more than half a decade with their intriguing lyrics and captivating arrangements. They bring a flavourful blend of grassroots, folk, and acoustic music with sweet harmonies, laced with eclectic and skilled instrumentation.
Go Ask Earl
This band has been a cornerstone of the Calgary bluegrass scene for many years, well known for their strong musicianship and creative arrangements. Musicians, teachers and friends, Go Ask Earl is at home on stage entertaining the audience with their hard driving bluegrass as well as out in the campsite picking tunes until the wee hours.
The Buggs coalesce around a sweet acoustic sound and a joyful approach to singing that engulfs the audience. They specialize in delightful harmony arrangements and creative, virtuosic musicianship- the makings of one hot bluegrass band. With their energy and enthusiasm, The Buggs will delight you and get your toes tapping.