|Foghorn Stringband: Caleb Klauder, Sammy Lind, Nadine Landry, Reeb Willms. |
Photo by Mike Melnyk.
Almost one year after their March 2013 debut performance, the esteemed Portland Oregon old-time band Foghorn Stringband is back at Ashland Coffee and Tea this Wednesday, March 19 at 8pm.
I was very impressed with Foghorn Stringband after seeing them for the first time last year. The four-piece group is able to present vintage, old-timey stringband music on stage in a manner that enhances rather than sacrifices the authenticity of this tradition. In addition to old-time fiddle tunes, they also find room in their sets for some Cajun and traditional country.
Foghorn Stringband began in 2000, although over the last couple years the lineup has solidified around Sammy Lind (fiddle), Caleb Klauder (mandolin), Nadine Landry (bass) and Reeb Willms (guitar). Sammy and Caleb are legends among the old-time community and Nadine and Reeb have strengthened the performance element of the band with great singing and a feminine touch.
|Foghorn Stringband post show jam - March 2013.|
Photo by Evan Davies
There’s a saying that goes “Old-Time Music: Better Than It Sounds”. That may be true for us amateurs who attempt to play this music as a hobby, but it does not apply to Foghorn Stringband who, as a live band, are able to meet and exceed the expectations of audiences everywhere they go.