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.
They’ve graced the big stages of Bonnaroo Music Festival and Glastonberry Festival, played alongside big names like Elvis Costello, Bright Eyes, and Sugarland, and were already nominated for 2019 Blues Music Awards “Band of The Year”.
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.
Illustrious live performances range from Bonaroo and The Living Room Sessions to Jimmy Kimmel, and more. NPR also named him as one of twelve artists to watch.
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.
His fifteenth studio effort Middle of the Road hit no. 4 on Billboards Top Blues Album Chart and no. 1 on the iTunes Blues Chart. He’s currently working on The Bookends slated to release February 2019. Gales has been touring through Australia, Argentina, Chile, Europe, and The US at major festivals like Rockin’ The Blues and Ramblin Man Fair.
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.
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.
He’s played all kinds of gigs all over the West Coast, and opened for many great acts, including Taj mahal, Leon Russell, David Bromberg, and, yes, Steppenwolf. When he heard him, Dave VanRonk said of Walker, “It’s great to hear someone who doesn’t play Robert Johnson note for note. That boy’s got a soul of his own!”
After years on the road, he settled in Oregon, where Ken Kesey commented, “Walker T Ryan is a blues icon in Eugene.” His playing is heartfelt and passionate. Waker’s love in the music, and the delight he takes in it shines through each time he plays, and the audience knows something special is going on. Photo credit: Kathryn I. Rankin
We’re excited to welcome back last year’s festival favorite, Castro Coleman AKA Mr. Sipp! “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.”
With more than 125 recording credits to his name, Mr. Sipp has played on more than 50 national recordings with several Grammy nominated projects. He also won The 2014 International Blues Challenge Winner, The 2014 Gibson Best Guitarist Award Winner, and 2014 Jus’ Blues Bobby Rush Entertainers Award.
Mr. Sipp was also cast in the recently released James Brown movie, “Get on Up”. Mr. Sipp’s favorite quote: “I’m living to love the life that I live, Music!!!!”
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.
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.
Jacobs-Strain has appeared at festivals from British Columbia to Australia including Telluride Blues Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Bumbershoot, and Blues to Bop in Switzerland. He’s shared the stage with Lucinda Williams, Boz Scaggs (more than 60 shows), Etta James, The Doobie Brothers, George Thorogood, Robert Earle Keen, Todd Snider, Taj Mahal, Janis Ian, Tommy Emmanuel, Bob Weir, T-Bone Burnett, Del McCoury, and so many more.
Another festival favorite returns! 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. Hillstomp’s unforgettable live performances tap into a magic that cannot be rehearsed, converting outlaws and traditionalists alike from skeptics into preachers.
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.
NPR said “This Nashville blues trio sounds as if it comes to us straight from 1968.” And Rolling Stone lauded, “J.D. Simo spins soulful psychedelic blues rock with an improvisational bent reminiscent of the Grateful Dead and Stevie Ray Vaughan”.
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.
Twelve year old sing, 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!
Earlier today we were informed that due to visa complications Joanne Shaw Taylor will be unable to close out the show Friday night. Luckily for us after joining Phil Lesh & Friends for a night dubbed “Dead Blues “ and releasing his new album Off at 11 , contemporary blues phenom JD Simo is packing up their gear and flying across the country to get here in time. Rolling Stone lauded “JD Simo spins soulful psychedelic blues rock with an improvisational bent reminiscent of the Grateful Dead and Stevie Ray Vaughn”.
The UK’s number one star of the blues rock world, Joanne Shaw Taylor, broke into the hard-to-crack US market with her original sound that mixes rock riffs with blues influences.
The girl with the big voice from the Black Country has toured extensively around the world garnering illustrious fanes from Joe Bonamassa (who described her as a Superstar in waiting), Tedeschi Trucks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Wilko Johnson, Glenn Hughes, and John Mayall, to name just a few.
With heavy hearts we are saddened by the news that do to medical complications our good friends Sassparilla will be unable to make the trek over for Friday night. We wish them all the best and a speedy recovery!
Oregon Blues icon Walker T Ryan will be opening up the Festival in their stead!
The Portland, Oregon-based, raucous and melodic outfit of Americana spirit, Sassparilla, guarantees sing-along songs, dancing, and plenty of good times.
Influenced by classics like Tom Waits and R.L. Burnside, and more recent favorites like Old Crow Medicine Show and The Black Keys, this sassy crew will not disappoint.
Think punk meets indie meets Americana. Think Sassparilla.