Look what Viking Twang brought back from Wintergrass!
Written by Randy Black on February 29, 2016
Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons
Steel Wheels, in the Oregon Bluegrass Association suite
Viking Twang Episode 80, March 1, 2016
Good morning, welcome to Viking Twang Episode 79. My name is Randy Black, happy to be home from Wintergrass 16, though still a little exhausted! I had a great time up at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bellevue, Washington, helping out in the Oregon Bluegrass Association suite, and of course I brought home some great music.
In the third set, we’re going to play some of the headliners, which I didn’t do last week. The second set is going to feature next year’s headliners, Hot Rize with Tim O’Brien. But first, some of the best acts that I saw.
1 – Turkey Red, W.C. Beck & the Portland Country Underground.
2 – Paint This Town, Scythian. This is a Washington, D.C. –based band, from their 2014 album, Jump at the Sun.
3 – Maybe Baby Amy, Petunia and the Vipers. This Canadian band was about my favorite, from their self-titled 2011 album.
4 – Cross the Singing Bridge, The Antonucci Collective. This is a multi-generational family band from Grants Pass who stepped into an empty showcase spot at the OBA suite and wowed us.
5 – California Bound, Barwick & Seigfried. That’s Kathy Barwick and Pete Seigfried from Grass Valley, California; the album is called The Trestle.
6 – Walking in a Straight Line; the Evie Ladin Band. Which is Evie Ladin, Keith Terry, and Erik earson, from their new album, Jump The Fire.
7 – Do You Call That Religion, Ben Hunter and Joe Seamon. This is a Seattle-based duo you who can see March 19 at the Clinton Street Stomp.
The headliner is already booked for Wintergrass 17, which will be February 23-29. If you’ve never been, please be sure to put it on your calendar. Topping the bill will be Hot Rize, along with solo shows from Tim O’Brien. To get you ready, here’s some Hot Rize recorded last September at the Boats and Bluegrass Festival on the Mississippi River in Winona, Minnesota.
8 – Blue Night.
9 – Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning.
10 – Sky Rider.
11 – Come Away.
12 – Western Skies
Last week I deliberately stayed away from the big names so that you could hear some of the bands you don’t hear from so much. We’re going to remedy that now, starting with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver.
I’m going to try something I’ve never done on this show at the end. We welcomed into the OBA Suite an organization called the Rhapsody Project, who teach young musicians everything they need to know about the music business except the music. They brought Steel Wheels into the suite, who at the end of the session did an impromptu harmony lesson. I filmed it and put it up on the OBA Facebook page, and I’m going to try to play it at the end of the set.
13 – Roll Big River; Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver.
14 – Hometown Blues; Seldom Scene. That’s a Steve Earle song.
15 – Shuckin’ the Corn; the Earls of Leicester. Jerry Douglas put together this All-Star Flatt & Scruggs cover band.
16 – With it All Stripped Away; Steel Wheels.
17 — Twang Theme; The Countrypolitans.