Viking Twang plays the cool, not famous, bands from this weekend’s Wintergrass!
Written by Randy Black on February 23, 2016
Earl Brothers Hillbilly Trance
Martha Redbone Roots Project
The Old Yellers
Viking Twang Episode 79, February 23, 2016
Good morning, welcome to Viking Twang Episode 79. My name is Randy Black, happy to be here, and oh, so excited about Wintergrass this weekend. This is probably the premiere bluegrass event in the Pacific Northwest, taking over the entire Hyatt Hotel in Bellevue, Washington, for four days of live music, workshops, and picking. I’ll be helping host the Oregon Bluegrass Association booth, where we’ll have showcase bands and all night jams the entire time. Come see me!
There are some big names: The Earls of Leicester, the Seldom Scene, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and the Steel Wheels. You’re not going to hear any of them on this show. Instead, we’ll feature some of the bands you’ve never heard of, but who could be your new favorite. We’re playing them in the order they’ll be performing at Wintergrass, so use this as your guide. We’ll start with a classic fiddle song, played Bill Monroe style: on the banjo!
1 – Turkey Red; W.C. Beck & the Portland Country Underground.
2 – Jerusalem Ridge; Noam Pikelny. From his 2013 album, the former Punch Brother plays Kenny Baker plays Bill Monroe. If you’re in Monmouth, he plays tonight!
3 – Greasy Coat; Trout Steak Revival. This is from the Denver band’s 2012 album, Flight.
4 – Wolf & Whiskey; Rabbit Wilde. Based in Bellingham; This is from their just-released record, The Heartland.
5 – Don’t Play the Jukebox; The Earl Brothers. This is a veteran San Francisco band. You might have heard them play this at the 2006 Pickathon.
6 – How Many Times; Farmstrong. Jim Faddis wrote this song for this Port Angeles-based band from their 2015 album, Forever.
7 – Mercy; Petunia and the Vipers. This Canadian band released this single in 2011.
8 – Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down; Bumper Jacksons. This is a Washington D.C. based band that is also playing at the Sisters Folk Festival on Saturday, and at the Secret Society in Portland on Sunday.
9 – A Dream; Martha Redbone Roots Project. The Native American’s new album, The Garden of Love, sets William Blake poems to music, and was produced by John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
We’ve made it through Thursday and Friday; here’s what’s shaking on Saturday and Sunday.
10 – Where Will This Prayer Go? The Bombadils. This is another Canadian duo, from their new album Grassy Roads, Wandering Feet. They’ll play a house concert in Portland Monday.
11 – Cryin’ & Singing; the Helen Highwater Stringband. As famous a group of musicians as you’ll find on today’s Twang: Mike Compton, David Grier, Missy Raines, and Shad Cobb.
12 – 5 Below; the Evie Ladin Band. Evie’s one of the leaders of the Crooked Jades community; she’s backed by Keith Terry and Erik Pearson.
13 – Beale Street Mess Around; Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons. This is a Seattle-based duo, from their new album The North Wind and the Sun. They’ll be in Portland in July for the Waterfront Blues Festival.
14 – In The Driver’s Seat; The Old Yellers. The great Portland band, from their album House Band for the Revolution.
15 — Our Love Is Like A Hurricane; Cahalen Morrison and Country Hammer. The country side of Cahalen’s folky Seattle duo with Eli West.
16 – That Old Dustbowl; The Dustbowl Revival. One of the discoveries of last year’s Wintergrass was this Venice, California big band.
17 – Twang Theme, Countrypolitans.