I have been lucky enough to do some writing for an on-line bluegrass publication called Bluegrass Solutions. I was honored to be asked to write about Elizabeth Cotten. We all know her song Freight Train, but fewer know the amazing story of her life and her remarkable success after the age of 60.
Here's to Libba -- and the wonderful women musicians in this, National Women's Month.
Free Range: Just for fun
Free Range is a musical duo that's out to make sure its audiences enjoy every song.
Drawing from bluegrass, country and folk traditions, they sing and play simple music that makes for great listening.
In short, their music is user friendly.
Free Range is two voices, accompanied by guitar, banjo and dobro. You'll recognize some of the tunes -- others will be new to you, but it's all engaging and entertaining. Their major musical influences are Doc Watson, Laurie Lewis, Mike Auldridge, Linda Rondstadt, Tim O'Brien and Gordon Lightfoot.
Look for Free Range at Portland area farmers markets and summer festivals, and think about them when you're looking for a small ensemble for your next event. We love performing for weddings, birthday parties and company picnics!
"Matt and Claire play incredibly well together and have a delightful sound! We can't wait to have their Bluegrass tunes back at the Vancouver Farmers Market."
- Kate Reudink, Market Manager
"Free Range has been a favorite act at our market for many years among both our customers and vendors. Always professional and always entertaining."
- Jeff Becker, Oregon City Farmers Market
Free Range at Rose City Book Pub
Only in Portland will you find a sweet little pub with excellent food, great beer -- and library shelves full of books. We are delighted to be performing at our new favorite local pub.
Vancouver Harvest Market
The wonderful Vancouver Farmers Market hosts its annual "last chance to shop before Thanksgiving" market, with 35 food and farm vendors. Please join us to enjoy the end of harvest season.
Woodlawn Farmers Market
Hollywood Farmers Market
Our neighborhood market! Always great prepared food, beautiful produce, and a wonderfully festive way to spend a morning.
We'll be playing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a terrific farmers/crafts market just a few minutes from Portland in downtown Vancouver.
We'll be singing for our breakfast! Please join us for some good food and java!
Oregon City Farmers Market
Hollywood Farmers Market
Our neighborhood market -- and a terrific one it is!
Neighborhood Block Party
We're delighted to be performing for a nearby neighborhood group in our own neck of the woods.
Vancouver Farmers Market
Our first farmers market of the year!