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The Blackberry Bushes are a Sister Sirens Alt-Folk Stringband from the rain-drenched forests of Olympia, Washington. They take a bluegrass instrumentation, draw from the deep roots of American folk music and add influences from Bluegrass, Appalachian old-time, Indie Rock, jazz, and pop. Virtuosic musicianship, compelling arrangements, quick wit, flying tempos, and heavy heel boot dancing are all elements of a live show that is joyous and vibrant with an intention to move the audience in their hearts and out of their seats. The poetic delivery of hypnotizing vocal harmonies and fresh songwriting sets The Blackberry Bushes Stringband apart. Acoustic Americana lovers are continually surprised and delighted by this new bouquet of players on the festival stage.
"Their blend of traditional Bluegrass and Folk elements with more contemporary sounds has an appeal not seen since Nickel Creek or The Be Good Tanyas." (Joseph Kyle The Big Takeover)
The Bushes' debut studio album, "Little Bit of Grace" released in 2010, spent more than 6 weeks on the Roots Radio Report International Bluegrass Chart for Independent Radio, topping out at #19, and was one of the only self released albums to appear on that chart during that time. KVMR Nevada City DJ Che Greenwood had this to say about it: "I'm enchanted! Harmony as sweet as Uncle Earl, and destined for my top 5 albums of the year".
Jes Raymond first started singing in a church children's choir in her hometown of White River Junction, Vermont. She played the trumpet in her high school marching band, and yes, she went to band camp. Her parents were avid bluegrass fans, but it was in North Carolina where she was a music major at UNC that she found her own love for the "mountain sound". She picked up a used guitar, and has followed it wherever it has led. She is the recipient of the Jackstraw Productions Recording Award and the Seattle City Artist Award.
Kendl Winter comes from Central Arkansas. Both of her parents are professional musicians; her mother plays the cello; her father plays the trombone. Her own musical passion arose with the underground punk scene in Arkansas, and she followed that connection to Olympia, WA, which has long been a center for punk and alternative music. She is a recording artist on Olympia's Indie label: K Records. Kendl began playing the banjo almost the same week that she met Jes. The Blackberry Bushes was born and became a canvas for their experimentations and learning.
Jakob Breitbach first learned to play the fiddle when he was 3 years old with a paperback copy of "The Hobbit" and a wooden spoon. When he was eight years old he was called on stage to play with the grandfather of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. He earned his degree in Jazz Violin from Cornish College of the Arts and continues to study with his mentor Paul Anastasio. He has toured with The Asylum Street Spankers out of Austin, TX, and in an orchestra with Yo-Yo Ma.
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6300 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103