Invasion: Portland -vs- Humboldt

  • July 10, 2019
  • By Admin: sfbluegrass
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Huckleberry Flint, hailing from Humboldt County, is a five-piece string band with influences from a wide spectrum of musical styles tied together with an old-time folksy sound. High energy fiddle tunes, slow sauntering ballads with haunting harmonies, and everything in between is what Huckleberry Flint delivers at its live performances. The band is Dustin Taylor (guitar, vocals, harmonica), Adam Dick (mandolin, banjo, vocals), Marybeth Taylor (fiddle, vocals), Kevin Porter (guitar, dobro, snare drum, triangle, vocals), and Joseph Digerness (double bass, pedal steel guitar).

Bucky Walters  The name may sound like some folk legend or a retired baseball player, but Bucky Walters is in fact an up-and-coming band hailing from the soggy bottoms of Arcata, California. The sound of this young acoustic sextet has a nostalgic bluegrass vibe that maintains a fresh, hot-pickin’ intensity, attracting music lovers across the board. Since their establishment in 2005, The Bucky Walters (as the band is sometimes known) has performed countless shows in northern California, sharing the bill with artists such as The Blue Turtle Seduction, Hot Buttered Rum, Jimmy Ibbotson (of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Greensky Bluegrass, Mike Marshall, Joe Craven, Laurie Lewis, Todd Phillips, Peter Rowan, and David Grisman. The Bucky Walters features Bryan “Hot Licks” Osper (guitar, vocals), Josh Boronkay (big bass, vocals), Joey Goforth (banjo, vocals), Kaleb Duncan (dobro, fiddle, vocals), Niko Daoussis (mandolin, vocals), and Kat Fountain (harmonica).

Whiskey Puppy plays boot-stomping, mule-slapping traditional bluegrass and old-time music. The Portland, Oregon trio brings energy, humor, and skillful musicianship to little-known songs and tunes searched out from the repertoires of the early Southern stringbands. Known for sweet three-part harmonies and their collection of chew toys, Whiskey Puppy has been performing since 2001. Whiskey Puppy features Rachel Gold (The Flat Mountain Girls) on guitar, Justin Auld (Redwood Highway) on banjo and fiddle, Travis ˜Tater” Harrison(Cocks in the Henhouse, Jackass Willie) on bass, and Nick Blechman on mandolin.

Erik Clampitt‘s introduction to guitar began when he was eight-years old. Ms. Roy, his second grade teacher at his Catholic elementary school, began teaching Erik her catalog of protest and children songs. Years later, Erik would find himself immersed in the Portland indie/pop scene, but abandoned it for the “lesser evils in life,” and returned to his acoustic roots. Erik co-founded Clampitt, Gaddis & Buck with Marley Gaddis and Sean “Buck” Burke in 2003, continuously touring the west coast and releasing two full-length albums and multiple EPs. He later founded The Clampitt Family in 2007. Erik will be performing as a solo artist this year, showcasing new material and dipping into his extensive repertoire from former bands Clampitt, Gaddis & Buck, and the Clampitt Family. He’ll be joined on stage by guest musicians from Mighty Ghosts, Whiskey Puppy, Clampitt, and Gaddis & Buck.