Dale Adkins (Bend, OR)
Dale needs no introduction if you have dabbled in the Northwest traditional music scene in the last 30 years. He could be called a flatpicking legend if he wasn’t so darn young. And the guitar is only the start of his musical talents. If it has frets and strings, he plays it. Really well. Just don’t get him started talking about studio recording equipment or flyfishing. Bands: Kate MacKenzie, Out of the Blue, Frontline, True North, Rock Ridge
Josh Adkins (Salem, OR)
Everything we said about Dale: ditto for Josh who epitomizes the classic saying “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”. Josh applies his considerable intelligence and talent to a certain creative mastery of any instrument he tackles whether it is guitar, bass, mandolin or ukulele. Just don’t give him a pennywhistle. Bands: Bluegrass Regulators, Grass Station, True North
Clyde Clevenger (Salem, OR)
Clyde is a northwest hero and legend, and if you think Santa Claus stays up in the North Pole all year, you would be wrong… he is busy lending his generous talents to children’s workshops at Wintergrass and other festivals all over the northwest. He will kill you with his rendition of country and bluegrass standards and is a fine guitar and mandolin player to boot. One year he decided to build mandolins for the Fossil and other Kids workshops. That is the essence of Clyde. Bands: Blue River; Old Circle
Joe Ellingson (Corvallis, OR)
Joe is the one to watch. His soulful singing and mandolin/guitar playing harken back to the old days and belie his youth. He has an obvious passion for the “good music” played the traditional way. He recently moved to Corvallis for graduate school and maintains his sanity by getting out of town to play music as often as possible. Yup, Joe is indeed the one to watch. Bands: Warren G. Hardings
Paul Elliott (Seattle, WA)
Paul is one of those guys who achieves mastery at everything he tackles and fiddle is no exception. He is equally at home with all traditional American fiddle styles including bluegrass, old-time, swing and jazz. The legendary Sons of the Pioneers were lucky enough to discover him and add them to their lineup much to the irritation of his Northwest music pals who don’t get to see him enough. Bands: Sons of the Pioneers, Downtown Mountain Boys
Linda Leavitt (Sisters, OR)
Linda is a captivating songbird with enough grace and southern charm to bewitch even the most stalwart curmudgeon. Linda is a master of many trades too numerous to list, but highlights include creative genius behind Taborgrass in Portland and current editor of the Oregon Bluegrass Express. Besides being a talented singer and instrumentalist, Linda is a bluegrass “doer” who is creative director and music teacher at Banjos West. She always has great snacks and twinkle lights. Bands: Mountain Honey, Lois and Clark Expedition
Tom Nechville (Sisters, OR)
Tom is the Pied Piper of the banjo – wherever he goes, banjo players swarm. He is the originator of Heli-mount banjos and other inventive designs admired by banjo enthusiasts everywhere and built Minneapolis-based Nechville Musical Products into a world-renowned banjo company. Tom is a member of the Minnesota Country and Rock Hall of fame and currently consults, teaches lessons, and performs Luthier work from Banjos West in Sisters Oregon. Tom will be the camp luthier and dispenser of banjo wisdom. Bands: Middle Spunk Creek Boys, The Lois and Clark Expedition.
Sue Thompson (Port Townsend, WA)
Sue is a harmony wizard and master song finder honing in on the deep traditions of American music with her repertoire. She developed a creative and simple method for teaching harmony singing that is featured at music camps all over the country and in Europe. As if that isn’t enough, she is a masterful flat-pick guitarist and soulful singer too. Her recordings include the late Mike Seeger’s GRAMMY-nominated Third Annual Farewell Reunion and the Western Music extravaganza Tall Boots. Sue is one of those musical treasures deeply rooted, firmly planted, and a joy to be around. Bands: Dr. Humbead's New Tranquility String Band, Diesel Ducks, Tall Timber, Ruzice Balkan Choir, Svadbari iz Seattle, Holly and the Harmonics, Metro Luna, Sue Thompson & the Brandeis Band, Sue Thompson & Jack Dwyer.