Clara Baker's music is "medicine for the heart, mind and psyche," (No Depression)-- full of honest and thoughtful lyrics, soulful singing, impressive instrumentation, and an energetic groove. Clara’s clear, strong voice and heartfelt songwriting is often compared to that of young Joni Mitchell, though you can tell that she spent her formative years in the bluegrass world when you hear her driving rhythm guitar or her creative flatpicking leads.
Gen Obata has been writing songs and playing flatpick guitar since the 1970’s. He plays a wide variety of folk, blues, bluegrass and americana original and cover songs. He helped found the St. Louis-based traditional bluegrass band, The Seldom Home, and was also a member of the eclectic acoustic bands Raven Moon and City Folk. Gen is currently a member of the Tacoma-based bluegrass band Barleywine Revue, the americana trio Cosmo’s Dream, the acoustic duo Unassuming Beekeepers, and the alt-country band Road Work.
RiderByMySide is a Bend-based acoustic band that performs American music ranging from traditional folk and bluegrass to country soul. They blend 3-part harmonies into both hand-crafted originals and timeless covers. A RiderByMySide set highlights their influences and illustrates their intent on keeping quality music alive. Listen for John Hartford fiddle licks, Richard Thompson guitar lines and Staples Singers harmonies.
The Baron Ward is a core duo from Portland. Hand-slappin Americana, funky folk rhythms and sky-high harmonies run rampant through an all-original set...unless you talk them into doing a cover...Avett Bros, Hollies, Beach Boys, Beatles, Ray LeMontagne, Pearl Jam, Flogging Molly.
Back at the end of 2014, we decided to quit our jobs and spontaneously take an 11,000 mile road trip in our old VW Bus we named, Trusty Rusty, across North America. Aside for some freezing August nights in Montana, a few breakdowns on the Pacific Coastal highway and in Beaumont, TX, and our parents/friends thinking we are certifiably insane, it's been the best decision of our lives. Since our return, we've played over 200 shows in our inaugural year bolstering our sound with acoustic guitars, mandolin, a stomp box, and harmonicas. We've gone from farmer's markets and corners of bars to playing major festivals like Divide Music Festival and Harmonium Music Fest performing alongside Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Blondie, Cold War Kids, The Fray, Parsonsfield and upcoming opening acts for Sierra Hull and the Black Lillies. With a recent endorsement from GoWesty (joining the ranks of artists like Gregory Alan Isakov) we've become traveling ambassadors as we continue their momentum into 2017. We just released our debut EP, Reason in the Road, which is truly a reflection of all we have experienced discovering ourselves and the American countryside.
Eric Leadbetter, of Jive Coulis, is traveling from South Oregon to play an array of classic rock, Americana, folk and blues. His solo music is very unique and original, with ghostly echoes of the golden age of rock from the 60s-70s. And it should be, since he draws his musical inspiration from these eras by listening to a vast collection of classic vinyl. “I want my music to not only reach people's ears in a sweet and engaging way, but also to challenge the mind and inspire the heart and soul. I have creatively explored music very deeply in my life, and I see no end in the amount of musical wisdom to be gained and understood. It is a real treat for me to be able to share my musical expression with people that are open and willing.”
The Naughty Sweethearts is a swing-stomp-jazz-funk band featuring Alex Klivecka and Megan Alder, from the Columbia River Gorge in Washington. They are on the road for a six-week tour across the western US to debut new original material and perform their upbeat selection of standard swing and old time songs.
Travis Ehrenstrom is the singer-songwriter for the 21st century music lover. While keeping an acoustic base, Ehrenstrom incorporates a wide range of influences that shade his songs with unique textures. At the same time, Ehrenstrom captures the lyrics that stir the deepest universal human emotions.
Ian Thomas performing solo, with accompaniment, or with his Band Of Drifters; draws on a variety of American roots influences, delivering a captivating raw live performance and distinctive sound from his original compositions on guitar, harmonica and kazoo. His latest release is a full-band album "Live in 2016" of 14 original songs that are deeply rooted in the classic country and American folk sounds.
He has shared the stage with The Avett Brothers, Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Cyril Neville, Corey Harris, Sam Bush, Shovels & Rope, The Wood Brothers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Reverend Goat and Dr. John and more. Touring both here in the US and abroad, he has performed at festivals around the country, including Bonnaroo, Pickathon, Red Ants Pants and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Currently, he splits his time between Tennessee and Montana.
Bill Powers is an award winning singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, Radio DJ, music instructor and band leader. Born and raised in Mississippi Bill cut his teeth in the Colorado acoustic music scene fronting the highly popular oldtimey bluegrass band Sweet Sunny South-- along the way he and his wife, bassist Shelley Gray started Honey Don't as a side project that eventually bloomed into their full-time music project. The Couple uprooted from Colorado's Western Slope in 2014 and found their way to Bend, Oregon where they've inserted themselves rather quickly into the NW music scene. For this run Bill is touring solo sharing original songs and tunes on guitar, mandolin and banjo-spinning yarns through song that stand as a culmination of his southern roots, twenty some odd years touring and raising a family. His voice and laid back delivery of some truly exceptional songs are refreshing and comfortable.
Tonight though, Bill and his friend Tom Murphy will be picking some blue grass tunes.
Pacific Northwest native and Bedell Artist Paul Eddy is one busy musician. Whether performing solo, with the The Beatles cover band Juju Eyeball, or the retro C&W band Long Tall Eddy (he lived in Austin TX for 18 years!), you'll always get his best, right here in beautiful Bend Oregon
The Naughty Sweethearts play energetic American roots music. Their live sets include bluegrass, old time, swing and jug band songs from the early 1900's as well as originals that showcase face-melting banjo licks and vocal harmonies between Megan Alder and Alex Klivecka.