It has been less than a year since North Country Blue formed, but they have established themselves as one of California’s distinguished bluegrass bands. What sets them apart from other bands is not just their youth, but their creativity, willingness to tackle difficult themes, and respect for tradition.
Ida Winfree confronted a difficult topic head-on in her original song, “Sacrifice.” The ballad paints the story of a woman’s challenging journey while immigrating to the United States. Daisy Kerr gave a nod to bluegrass roots in her latest original, “Ruby High,” an old time tune. She and her bandmates added an inventive twist with echoing vocals. Even the song, “Little Sadie,” has a fresh interpretation when Megan January sings it. Tessa Schwartz’s fiddling is entirely bluegrass when she performs, “Lee Highway Blues,” but she showcases her sense of humor and ingenuity in original train horn phrases.
NCB has already been featured in multiple bluegrass festivals. Earlier this year, they performed in the California Bluegrass Association’s 43rd Annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival and in the Strawberry Music Festival. Just last weekend NCB performed in the Good Old Fashion Bluegrass Festival, and they will be playing Viva Las VeGrass in October.
What is NCB’s next venture? A CD release?
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~August 18, 2018
43rd Annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival
Strawberry Music Festival
Newman West Side Theatre