While David Grier takes flat picking guitar to places Bill Monroe never dared imagine, his earliest years provide him with the most solid of bluegrass credentials.
David's dad, Lamar, joined Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys when David was four. Two years later, David began playing the guitar. His early influences include Doc Watson, Tony Rice and family friend Clarence White -- who many consider the original bluegrass flatpicker.
Today, David is regarded as one of the premier acoustic guitarists in the world. Recognized by Acoustic Guitar Magazine in 2000 as one of the Artists of the Decade and named Guitar Player of the Year three times by the International Bluegrass Music Association, Grier has played on four Grammy Award-winning albums.
After releasing four acclaimed albums on Rounder, David launched his own label, Dreadnought Recordings. The 1998 debut release, Hootenanny, included Dirk Powell and Tim O’Brien. All Music Guide called the CD "endlessly inventive and tasteful." His subsequent albums have received equally high praise from other musicians and critics.
In addition to his solo performances, David tours with two ensembles of extraordinary musicians. The Helen Highwater band features Missy Raines, Mike Compton and Shad Cobb -- all award winners and Grammy nominees with roots in traditional bluegrass. Psychograss is the ultimate supergroup of beyond-bluegrass musicians: Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Todd Phillips and Tony Trishka.
Rio Con Brio captivates audiences around the country with their intimate performance of the beautiful and esoteric Brazilian repertoire known as choro, the early 20th Century street music of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Influenced by equal parts Afro-Brazilian rhythms and the contemporary cafe music of Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, choro is both exotic and familiar, evoking in turn the carnival of Rio and the cafes of Paris.
Guitarist Mike Burdette and mandolinist Tim Connell exhibit finesse and passion in their playing, while displaying a sincere love of the choro repertoire and connection to their audience. An evening with Rio Con Brio is a delightful tour of European and New World music as experienced by the mandolin and guitar and as told by two soulful, intelligent, modern musicians – a beautiful intersection of Brazilian rhythm, classical technique and jazz improvisation.
Fern Hill plays bluegrass music in the style of the classic bands of the 1950's. This special attention to detail results in an instantly identifiable rhythmic sound that both devotees and newcomers to the music will love.
Paul Smith: lead singer and rhythm guitar - He can sing all the harmony parts
from tenor to bass. Paul has played this music since his childhood days and for
years performed with Northwest bands playing guitar and bass.
- Mike Eisler: fiddle and harmony vocals
- Steve Bond: bass and high baritone vocals
- Rollie Champe: tenor/lead singer and mandolin
- John Van Brocklin: 5 string banjo and vocals
Roosevelt Road is a band of well experienced musicians bringing decades of experience and styles including great Bluegrass, Americana and Gospel music to the Northwest and beyond.
Jane McMahon's vocals are beautiful and pure. Jane has her own style of 5 string Banjo that pleases the listener.
Steve McMahon, the Bass guy, loves to explore his Bass and play just a few different runs now and then. Steve also adds great vocals.
MIke Janda has been involved in the NW music scene for many years. His guitar style complements Bluegrass and Americana styles and his hometown vocal is unique in its soothing yet pronounced tone.
Loren Postma, Dobro Guru, adds a unique and pleasant sound to the band. Loren also sings lead and harmony vocals.
Robbie (John) Bennett is one of the NW finest fiddle players. His fiddle playing is so pleasant and smooth its a joy to hear and he rounds out Roosevelt Road with true Bluegrass vocals as well.
National Fiddle Champion, Aarun Carter and country roots icon, Jonathan Trawick tour the country entertaining with joyous, energetic fiddle, guitar and vocal melodies. Steeped in the rich tradition of American folklore, their tunes will have your toes tappin' and your arms reachin' out to swing your sweetheart around the dance floor. As comfortable as your favorite pair of house shoes and as rhythmic as grandma's rockin' chair, Aarun and Jonathan's music will carry you to a true place of enjoyment. Their music is pure grass roots American entertainment.