This Oregon native is known for his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon. A song poet and fierce slide guitar player, his music speaks of open roads, longing hearts, and flashbacks of Oregon– emotions big and small, and lyrics that turn quickly from literal to figurative. His live shows transition from humorous, subversive blues to delicate balladry, swinging back to swampy rock and roll.
Hailing from Portland, Oregon, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist McDougall moves beyond folk-based songs reaching a wider audience, with big, upbeat melodies and a constantly changing sound that is hard to pigeonhole. His lyrics pull upon his past, his present, and possibility of the future, utilizing oral history and folklore. He lives by the idea of leaving something of your own for those who will come after.
Twelve-year-old singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist C.J. Neary launched his professional career with multiple national titles in jazz and fiddle music, a performance at The Grande Ole’ Opry, several TED talk performances, and more. He has an incredible adoring community in Central Oregon and we’re so proud to have him.
Walker T. Ryan has been playing his solo, finger style, highly improvised, acoustic Blues and originals for a long time. He was hooked on the blues in the early 60’s when he saw, among others, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Son House, and Mississippi Fred McDowell. That started him down the blues road.
Jake Smith, perhaps better known as “The White Buffalo”, grew up in Oregon & California listening to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, country, and punk rock. Rooted in acoustic folk and country blues, you can expect a wide range in singing pitch with intermittent whistling and lyrics covering God and war. His songs have been featured in the popular series Sons of Anarchy and Californication as well as the full-length feature film Shelter.
Hillstomp hails from Portland, Oregon, 150 miles north of Sisters. This junkbox blues duo is illustrious for rummaging through the dumps and forgotten backwoods of American music, recycling traditional elements into a fresh and distinctive brand of do-it-yourself hill country blues stomp. The clanging and tumbling from assorted buckets, cans, and BBQ lids, paired with a rambunctious slide guitar creates a bit of North Mississippi trance blues, a bit of Appalachia, and a dash of punkabilly.
“The Mississippi Blues Child” spent 22 years in the Gospel Music Business as a recording artist and producer. Recognized for his amazing vocals, songwriting ability, musicianship, ability to produce records, and entertain fans with an upbeat, outlandish show all make Mr. Sipp “The Total Package.”
Eric Gales is the guitarists’ favorite guitarist with big name collaborations including, but not limited to, Carlos Santana, Dave Navarro, and Joe Bonamassa. Although Gales has been harnessing his guitar power since childhood, with influences from Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Albert King, and more, he’s recently been honing his vocal talents to bring even more to the table.
Acid rock, traditional blues, folk, soul, free form jazz, and the never ceasing desire to improvise form this mind bending kaleidoscope of sound, energy and vibe. With his band, JD and cohorts have gained a solid fan following from touring and opening for bands such as Blackberry Smoke, The Gregg Allman Band, Warren Haynes, Tommy Emmanuel and others. They have played Bonnaroo, Warren Hayne’s Christmas Jam, Mountain Jam and JD recently joined Phil Lesh & Friends for a night dubbed “Dead Blues” at Terrapin Station.
Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist sisters Rebecca & Megan Lovell are Larkin Poe. Their Roots Rock ‘n’ Roll sound has been described as bewitching, gothic soul, and outlaw country – a true and unsettling mixture of grit and soul.
Despite being a fresh high school graduate (May 2017), this kid has won many awards, played some big names, and can compete with the best of the blues. He’s been a guest musician on the Rachael Ray Show, The Steve Harvey Show, and The White House for First Lady Michelle Obama. Influenced by Delta Blues greats like Muddy Waters, the electric blues of B.B. King, the rock of Jimi Hendrix, and so many more, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram can imitate the illustrious greats and deliver his own fresh style.