Since early 2015, Scratchdog Stringband has been setting a new standard for Americana/Bluegrass. Based in Portland, OR and touring throughout the Pacific Northwest, this trio delivers a fresh amalgamation of classic and contemporary Americana music. These artisans continually hone their technical finesse through exuberant experimentation and intuitive improvisation. The sound that emerges is uniquely "Scratchdog," deriving from influences in Rock, Folk, Country and Jazz.
The band is an elemental force of songwriters, arrangers and performers. Andrew DeRossett (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Kimbo Kumada (bass, vocals) hold down the rhythm section tight and tough, while James Rossi (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) is free to explore the high notes. The band’s dynamic instrumentation is showcased in "The Scratchdog Shuffle,"where the string-boxes are passed between the members in almost every variation, providing an intricate backdrop to their blended vocals.
These mutts will capture their developed sound on a full-length album to be released in the spring of 2016. The result will be masterful, unpretentious music from musicians who share a common goal and consider themselves in purposeful servitude of music.
Timberbound is a collective of musicians led by Joe Seamons, based in the Pacific Northwest. Their performances take audiences on a tour of old sawmills, logger's cabins, and fisheries of the Pacific Northwest. They released their debut album in the spring of 2014.
Joe Seamons grew up hearing the Timberbound songs performed by family friends, foremost among them Hobe Kytr and Dave Berge. Hobe and Dave included one song from the Timberbound songbook on their 1986 album, Dog Salmon & Rutabagas. In fact, you can hear Joe as a little baby, crying in the background on the album's title track. Joe has been studying, researching, and performing the songs for over ten years now.
Kate Sandgren grew up in Aberdeen, WA. Her grandfather, the artist Nelson Sandgren, attended the University of Oregon--where he met Joe's grandfather shortly before WWII. Joe's mother and both of Kate's parents have been painting and printmaking together since the two of them were small children. Their parent's have, for decades, studied and interpreted the art of Northwest Native Americans. This influence has deepened their love for the region.
Gavin Duffy met Joe in 2003, and the two have been playing music together ever since. Gavin is a multi-instrumentalist whose musicianship and vision contribute mightily to the arrangements of the Timberbound songs. Gavin is a chef as well as a musician, you can taste his food at the Devil's Dill in SE Portland.
Jenny Estrin is a classical violinist who began fiddling with the Timberbound Project in 2012. You can also hear her playing with the Portland Opera.