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Kathy Boyd &
Oct 2 - Birdfest & Bluegrass Ridgefield WA
Oct 24 - IMEA Awards Ceremony Marietta GA
Nov 14 - Eastside Bluegrass Portland OR
Dec 4 - IOOF Performing Arts Cntr Clatskanie OR
Dec 5 - Adna Grange Christmas Show Chehalis WA
Dec 12 - Emerald Valley Opry Eugene OR
Dec 13 - POBC Pantry Christmas Concert Portland OR
Dec 26 - The Grotto Festival of Lights Portland OR
More info: 503-936-8480
BLYTHE BLUEGRASS FEST
Colorado River Fairgrounds Blythe CA
Jan 15-17 2016
The Gibson Brothers
Chris Jones & Night Drivers
Band of Ruhks
David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition
The Blue Canyon Boys
Burning Heart Bluegrass
The Vintage Martins
Marty Warburton and Homegirls
Now Featuring Wednesday and
Tours of the Valley
Other Fun Activities
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The Bluegrass Quilters
Will Be Visiting!
Mount St. Helens Bluegrass Festival
August 12-13-14 2016
The Bluegrass Quilters try to get together at Bluegrass Festivals
wherever there is a room to work in. General from the Washington
Bluegrass Association said he'd set up a Quilt room during Mt. St.
The Bluegrass Quilters is just Quilters getting together, bringing
their own tools & machines, and power strips and cords. Nothing
will be taught, (we do offer advice, tho - if asked) we just bring
our own projects to work on.
If you have a quilt you are working on, bring it, sit and visit
with us while we work our own projects and enjoy each other's company.
Visitors are welcome to stop by and see what's going on as well!
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Marjorie “Sharon” Bennett
Sharon was born on August 5, 1941 in Mount Vernon, WA to Harmon and Evelyn Marriott and passed away suddenly on August 6, 2015 in Seattle, WA. She was raised in Alger, WA, the oldest of seven children and attended Burlington Edison High School. She lived in Alger until the early 1960’s before moving to what is now Shoreline, WA with her husband Charles John Bennett and family. Sharon and John moved back to Alger upon John’s retirement in the mid 1990’s.
Sharon was a lifetime member of the Washington Bluegrass Association and was very involved with the Darrington Bluegrass Festival. She loved to emcee and play bluegrass music and traveled all over the country going to festivals. She was always opening her home up to traveling bands for a place to stay and many people in the community and across the country treated her like an adopted mom.
Sharon was preceded in death by her husband, John, her father and two brothers. She is survived by her three children: Graydon (Debbie), Kevin (Mona) and John (Laura) and two grandchildren, Jamie and Chris. She is also survived by her mother, two sisters, two brothers, one uncle and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be a celebration of Sharon’s life on Saturday September 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Lane, Alger, WA. Parking is limited at the hall so if you can please park at the park and ride located two blocks north of the hall.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Sharon’s name to: Washington Bluegrass Association, P.O. Box 490, Toledo, WA 98591.
We are looking for Bluegrass Bands for the
2016 Mt. St. Helens Festival
Please send promo hard copy to:
Toledo Wa. 98591
Before NOV 1, 2015 for consideration
Tommy Brown & The County Line Grass
Tommy Brown cut his teeth on classic, traditional bluegrass. A third
generation musician, Tommy began pickin’ the five-string banjo at
the age of six. His powerful banjo style garnered him both the Kentucky
State and Tennessee State Banjo Championships. His impressive pickin’
style and soulful vocals embrace his passion for the mountain-style
music he performs today.
The County Line Grass was formed in 1991 with a goup of friends
who just happened to live across the county line, thus the name
Tommy Brown & the County Line Grass. These days the band is
more of a family affair with Tommy’s children and close friends
joining him. Son Jereme plays lead guitar and lends his poignant
lead, tenor and baritone vocals to the group. Daughter Rachel with
an instrument twice her size, skillfully provides a solid, yet spirited
rhythm on acoustic bass. Providing steady rhythm and lead and baritone
vocals is close family friend, Josh “Jug” Rinkel. Josh being a talented
songwriter as well, has also penned most of the group’s original
material. Rounding out the band, Wayne Fyffe’s energetic fiddle
will make you get up and dance, while his emotional back-up work
provides the perfect complement to the groups moving ballads.
Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass have released nine outstanding
albums: Road Signs and White Lines, Reminiscing, Mountain Bluegrass,
Hard Drivin’, Fallen Leaves, I Wanna Go Back, Heartbreak Road, Way
Back When, and their latest, Leaving This Town, was released on
October 28, 2014 on Randm Records.
Phillip Steinmetz & His Sunny Tennesseans
Nationally known Bluegrass band, Phillip Steinmetz and
His Sunny Tennesseans will be making the 2400 mile trek west from
their home in Waverly, Tennessee to Toledo, Washington to perform
at the Mt. St. Helens Bluegrass Festival this summer.
Steinmetz comes from a family of musicians having been taught to
play clawhammer banjo at the tender age of eleven by his Great Uncle,
Grandpa Jones of Hee Haw and Grand Old Opry fame. An accomplished
singer and musician, Phillip has won the National Old Time Banjo
Championship three times as well as the Florida State Banjo Championship.
He is a regular on RFD-TV’s the Cumberland Highlander Show, the
radio show Nashville Traditions and performed at “Opry Fest”, the
75th birthday of the Grand Old Opry. Phillip and wife Misty have
been married for 12 years and have 3 children. According to General
Cothren, president of the Washington Bluegrass Association, “We’ve
been looking to get Phillip out here for quite some time. Phillip
and His Sunny Tennesseans are dedicated to carrying on the tradition
of old time bluegrass mountain music. We’re excited to bring a band
of this caliber to the Pacific Northwest!”
John Kael and Annie Staninec & Whiskey
Annie Staninec began her musical obsession at age four.
As a young adult she has since toured nationally, has been an instructor
in highly regarded music camps, and has been a featured performer
with such artists as David Grisman, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall and
Stephane Wrembel. Currently Annie performs with numerous artists
across multiple genres. A quick Google search will yield information
regarding her current gigs.
John Kael has been performing, recording and teaching
bluegrass and traditional music for nearly 20 years, and is also
an established songwriter - his award-winning song Handmade Cross
can be heard on the Grammy-nominated album “Hard Game of Love” by
Doyle Lawson. John and Annie perform with various combinations of
guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, accordion and voice.
This exciting duo weaves a fascinating musical tale with every performance.
Both talented multi-instrumentalists with rich musical backgrounds,
John Kael and Annie Staninec share a passion for finding great old
songs and giving them new life. Their love for traditional music
and for playing with one another comes through in every piece, and
Annie’s exuberance and natural musicality grab audience’s hearts
wherever she plays. John and Annie present a mix of old-time, bluegrass,
early country and Americana on a variety of acoustic instruments
– from moody mountain ballads to fierce and fiery fiddle tunes.
Rural Delivery is a contemporary bluegrass band that is
known for their harmonious and energetic performances around the
greater Northwest since 1976. These five musicians pride themselves
in playing the finest acoustic music. Band members include: Terrence
Enyeart, Steve Thomas, Dale Williams, Rick Mead and Deb Enyeart.
John Shubert & The Stray Dogs
The Stray Dogs Bluegrass Band performs contemporary bluegrass,
classic country and acoustic roots music for fans in western Washington
As the name “Stray Dogs” suggests, our musical heritage stems from
a decidedly mixed ancestry. Basic ingredients include the instrumentation
and material created and performed by the traditional bluegrass
greats such as Bill Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs. We add arrangements
and material from contempory bluegrass artists such as JD Crowe
and Doyle Lawson as well as strong influences from classic country
artists such as Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Finally, more recent
influences include old time and acoustic roots music as performed
by Crooked Still and Jakob Dylan.