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Eilen Jewell

Eilen Jewell

Honesty, confidence, and respect permeate Eilen Jewell’s music, dating back to her self-released Boundary County album in 2006. Since then, the Boise native has recorded five studio albums for Signature Sounds with her road-tested touring band, and two more as a member of the Boston-based gospel-charged Sacred Shakers (also on Signature Sounds), which includes that well-oiled band at its core. Her latest, Sundown Over Ghost Town, is a masterful culmination of Jewell’s work to date. As hard as it is to categorize Jewell’s music—terms like alt-country, roots-rock, country-noir, and Americana get used a lot—it’s even harder not to become thoroughly enraptured by the singer/songwriter’s powerful versatility, musical stories, and images. And that gorgeous voice makes you feel like she’s singing just for you, out on the breezy back porch or by a crackling campfire. She does so much, so well.

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Caleb Klauder Country Band

Caleb Klauder Country Band

Caleb Klauder is a fixture the Northwest music scene. Caleb has been touring nationally and internationally for over 20 years, first with acclaimed folk-rock band Calobo, a luminary in the Northwest’s burgeoning music scene, and then with the widely celebrated Foghorn Stringband.

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Petunia and the Vipers

Petunia and the Vipers

Petunia & The Vipers thrive on the challenge of adding Latin rhythms to a country blues tune, or gypsy flavouring to a rockabilly standard. Petunia defies convention and yet there is some conservancy to his music. His honest, cut to the heart songwriting and multi-syllabic narratives would leave a lesser singer tongue-tied and breathless. I know, I’ve tried it. One of the many themes running through Petunia’s lyrics relates to living life on one’s own terms – fearlessly and without regret.

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Don Maddox

Don Maddox

The Maddox Brothers and Rose were inducted into the Western Swing Music Hall of Fame in 2005, and Rose Maddox became the first female artist inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996. A legend who lives locally in Ashland, Oregon, Don Maddox is our guest of honor each year.

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Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams

Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams

Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams ride out from the cutting edge cowtown of Denver, Colorado. Rootsy and real, neither revivalist nor retro, the Hi-Beams’ brand of country music is as boundless and electrifying as America itself.

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Miss Lonely Hearts

Miss Lonely Hearts

Miss Lonely Hearts plays weddings, funerals and divorce parties.

It’s a misnomer to say that the boys in Miss Lonely Hearts (from Santa Cruz, CA) have a finger on the pulse of the Nor Cal country music scene, rather, they’ve been its lifeblood since the release of their sophomore effort, “Crying Bottle Blues” in 2012.

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Honey Don't

Honey Don't

Honey Don’t is the musical union of Bill Powers and Shelley Gray, perhaps better known as one-half of the Paonia, Colorado based old-time bluegrass band, Sweet Sunny South.

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Rainy & The Rattlesnakes

Rainy & The Rattlesnakes

Sisters Rainy and Lela Miatke have been singing at bluegrass jams in southern Oregon and northern California for many years. Each of them started playing a stringed instrument at the age of 8, and soon after that they started a band, with their dad Ray backing them up on guitar.

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The Jimmy Pinwheel Band

The Jimmy Pinwheel Band

Jef Fretwell, a Georgia native, boasts a sound that draws from traditional folk and American roots music. The songs have a vintage quality, as if they might have been written yesterday or 70 years ago. Grounded in honeyed harmonies and spirited pickin’, it lies in a nowhere land between distinct styles: It’s not quite bluegrass or blues or country. Still, there are elements of all those in songs that paint pictures of empty train stations and nights of passing a jug of moonshine around.

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33 String Drive

33 String Drive

One or two tunes into a bluegrass jam session and this bunch knew they had something special going. And why not, considering their collective résumé as former members of Siskiyou Summit, Foxfire, Swift Pony, Eight Dollar Mountain, Generation Jones, The Mighty Lonesomes, Borderline, The Rogue Valley Bluegrass Boys and One Horse Shy. The band features well know regional musicians Lily McCabe on fiddle, Glenn Freese on guitar, Jeff Jones on mandolin, Rick Nelson on banjo, Peter Koerella on bass and Bob Evoniuk on Dobro – 33 strings, 6 powerful singers and all the bluegrass drive one could ask for.

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Joy Mills Band

Joy Mills Band

Since forming in 2011, the Joy Mills Band has released four recordings: Trick of the Eye (2012), Cat & Mouse (2013), Deep Cut (2015) and Coming Up (2017) featuring their balladeering and soulful country songs. Joy Mills, on acoustic guitar and vocals, is joined by Lucien LaMotte on electric guitar and pedal steel, Tom Parker on bass and vocals, Jack Quick on keys and Mike McDermott on drums. It’s a well-grooved blend of roots, rock ‘n’ roll, folk and country. Songs explore modern themes and characters that filter world-weariness through a lens of self-awareness.

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The New Autonomous Folksingers

The New Autonomous Folksingers

The New Autonomous Folksingers are Sage Meadows, Jef Fretwell and David Hampton.

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