The Blackberry Bushes Stringband
Jess Raymond (guitar)
Jakob Breitbach (fiddle)
Joe Capoccia ( upright bass)
This quartet could be considered Ozark indie-bluegrass; soulful with very high energy. Formed in Olympia, WA in 2004 this band has achieved national notoriety in 2009 by winning second place at The Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition.
Songs such as “One Promise” which sounds like something even Mary Chapin Carpenter couldn’t do better, or their song “Cotton Skies” which starts out much like Ben E. King’s song “Stand by Me” has an intro with harmonies and echos of 50’s doo-wop, it’s easy to hear why this band did so well at the Bluegrass Band Competition. The sweet intricate vocal harmonies are intimately woven in between the fabric of their old-time bluegrass style music.
Individually the band members have recorded solo records, conducted choirs, toured nationally, and been recognized for their work through grant projects and festival invitations. Last year they released their debut CD” Little Bit of Grace” with producers Matt Sircely and Michael Connolly. This year they have available their latest CD “Lo-Fi at High Tide” recorded live onto a 4-track tape recorder in a cabin looking at the Pacific Ocean and is available only at their live performances.