The Blackberry Bushes Stringband

The Blackberrry Bushes Stringband

The Blackberry Bushes Stringband

Kendl Winter(banjo)
Jess Raymond (guitar)
Jakob Breitbach (fiddle)
Joe Capoccia ( upright bass) 

The Blackberry Bushes Stringband

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.


Nancy grew up in Eugene, graduating from Churchill before heading off to the big city of Portland, and later on to Los Angeles, CA where she pursued her interests in event coordination. After 5 years she returned to Portland where she began her career as a music journalist. After writing for local and national publications Nancy started her own music magazine, Only Local Music, highlighting and promoting local musicians.
In 2008 she was the master mind behind the online music magazine, Oregon Music News, Oregon's Only Online Music Magazine. Cultivating several alliances with organizations such as Music Millennium, The Portland Jazz Festival, the Waterfront Blues Association, The Mississippi Street Fair, and like groups, Nancy quickly grew the fresh start up from a mere idea to fruition within the scope of two years.
Concurrently she sought out and pursued business management consulting and continued her own business, Navigation Consulting. With over 20 years experience managing every kind of business imaginable Nancy has been fortunate enough to further engage her purpose of helping others to helping business owners actually grow their business.
Returning to her other passion, promoting music as well as musicians, Nancy continues to write about music and band across the state.

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