2018 Band Line-up (no particular order)
Fronted by powerful, 3-part, “blood harmonies” provided by father, Dail Croome (50 years old – bassist), and his sons, Patrick (23 years old – acoustic guitar) and Liam Croome (21 years old – keyboards), the combination of familiar voices, each with their own unique tone and melody, create a magical vocal tapestry, like no other. With controlled dynamics, perfectly inserted fills and emotional turns, rhythmic drummer Brayden Tario (23 years old) brings the band’s rhythm section to life and uses his voice to add a 4th harmony. Brandon Haddow (22 years old) hoists the electric lead guitar and rips out killer solos, and then casually steps back, to provide soulful fills and rhythm.
Originally from Calgary, Alberta and now touring all of Western Canada, the North-Western US and California, they’ve perfected their own modern style of Hippy-Rock. After touring for nearly 2 years and recording 2 full-length albums (‘Cornerstones’ in 2016 and ‘Works of Art’ in 2017), the band earned the right to open for Bon Jovi at the Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena, as well as The Doobie Brothers & The Struts.
Dodgy Mountain Men
Dodgy Mountain Men sling a home-brewed Montana stompgrass that goes down smooth but packs a bite, mixing the rhythms of bluegrass, the soul of the blues and the energy of rock ‘n’ roll with a plethora of other musical traditions to create a unique electro-acoustic experience. The group’s genre-bending experimentation and passion for American roots traditions weave together to emphasize their lyrical storytelling, creating a musical frontier rife with empty mason jars, outlaws, gypsy women and cold Montana storms. Add three distinct frontmen, a pension for sonic exploration and live performances that build to a fever pitch,and you’ve got a concoction that will make moonshiners proud and compel dancers to wear out the soles of their shoes.
This five-headed love child named Junkyard Jane rose by night in the tide flats of Tacoma, Washington from a deadly brew of blues, swamp gas, rockabilly, old engine parts, country, motor oil, folk, funk and used kitty litter. Like all true originals, they display a Creole blend of influences that they affectionately call “Swampabilly Blues”. With eight critically acclaimed CD’s under their belt and well over 5000 live performances since their 1997 debut, in 2016 Junkyard Jane was fittingly inducted into the Washington Blues Society’s prestigious “Hall of Fam”.
Imagine what might happen if Tim Burton hijacked the Andrews Sisters en route to a Stephen Sondheim festival with The Beatles and Tom Lehrer in the sidecar; you’d get Seattle super-harmonizers Uncle Bonsai. With just three voices and an acoustic guitar, Uncle Bonsai presents an often dizzying vocal array of intricate harmony. Their songs, dark and hilarious at times, just as often delight with moments of great insight and beauty. The trio aligns itself with the under-achiever, the dejected, the outsider, the black sheep. Densely-packed lyrics fly by in a whirr at times, and take a skewed stance on topics such as first-world problems, the creation of the universe, the afterlife, and, of course, holidays with the family. Uncle Bonsai’s acoustic folk-pop songs are almost one-act plays or short stories, resisting strict pop, folk, or singer-songwriter categories. Their songs focus on the passing of time, the passing of genes, and the passing of pets – the truth of everything seemingly buried somewhere under the family tree.
Mark Kroos plays 2 guitar necks at the same time. Originally from Lansing, MI but currently based in Charlotte, NC he is one of the only people in the world touring his trade. His primarily instrumental style is characterized by open harmonies, polyphonic textures, incredible tapping technique, and is as entertaining to watch as it is to listen to. Live performances burst with energy and magnetism not typical of solo guitar music. Drawing influence from folk, Celtic, indie, and even punk rock artists as well as great guitarists such as Michael Hedges, Tommy Emmanuel and Leo Kottke, Mark Kroos has developed his own edge to the acoustic guitar.
Downtown Mountain Boys
The DownTown Mountain Boys based in Seattle, Washington, is the Pacific Northwest’s most exciting and accomplished bluegrass band. Veteran bluegrassers and recording artists Terry Enyeart (bass, lead and harmony vocals), Dave Keenan (banjo, fiddle, lead and harmony vocals), Don Share (guitar, lead and harmony vocals), Tom Moran (Mandolin) and Paul Elliott (fiddle), seen for years in such popular Northwest bands as Ranch Romance, Rural Delivery, Rainy Pass, and Who’s Driving?, have come together in a match made in musical heaven. Take three-part harmonies that send shivers up your spine, add dazzling instrumental firepower, and you have the sound of The DownTown Mountain Boys.
Tammy Frost Trio
Billy Shew Band
And for the kids… Jim Valley Rainbow Planet –
Jim Valley, a Parent’s Choice award winner, is a musician, composer, entertainer, and world renowned performing artist. In his thirty-year career, he has created numerous albums, books, a musical play and a DVD. He has been touted by educators as an International Troubadour — bringing the magic of music and motion to children everywhere — including twenty countries on five continents.
Shelby Earl Band:
One of the most compelling singer-songwriters coming from the Seattle music scene will be performing with her full band at this year’s festival; we look forward to having Shelby light up the stage with her powerful performance. It’s a true pleasure to be able to introduce our community to Shelby and notably, to know that we are able to attract an artist of this caliber.
“With music described as “gritty and soulful, raucous and beautiful,” Seattle singer-songwriter Shelby Earl was named by NPR music critic Ann Powers as her “new favorite songwriter,” and her solo debut album, Burn the Boats (produced by John Roderick of the Long Winters) was named the “#1 Outstanding 2011 Album You Might Have Missed” by Amazon.com. She has since garnered praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, NPR, KEXP, No Depression, American Songwriter and many more. Earl’s sophomore album Swift Arrows (produced by Damien Jurado), was released in late-2013 to further critical acclaim, and in the words of Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie/Postal Service) it “proves [Shelby] has the most heart-breakingly beautiful voice in Seattle.”
As Vicci begins a new chapter in her extraordinary career, we are pleased to have Vicci with us for our first-ever Olalla Americana festival where the theme of new beginnings fits Vicci and her music perfectly. As a local musician, and a nationally well-known recording artist [The Voice], we are most fortunate to have her join us this year.
After spending high school honing her talents, she began releasing music independently in 2003. Touring the country for almost a decade, she released seven independent albums culminating with 2011’s Live from Jazzbones. Along the way, she shared stages with everyone from Sting and Annie Lennox to The Supersuckers and Jonny Lang.
However, NBC’s television show The Voice came calling in early 2011, and that opened doors for the next phase of her career. She landed in the show’s top four after riveting and roaring performances of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and an explosive duet with coach Cee Lo Green of Pat Benatar’s “Love is a Battlefield”. However, it was her stunning live performances of “Jolene” and “Dog Days Are Over” as well as the original song that was written for her, “Afraid To Sleep,” where she shined the brightest. Vicci’s robust delivery of these tune’s made the tracks instant hits online.
LeRoy has been one of the Puget Sound’s most beloved and consistent artists performing all across our region. His musical presence transcends labels for his performances are all heart and soul, whether R & B, blues, rock, or Americana speaks to you; his performances are simply outstanding! And we get to have him with us at the Olalla Americana. What a pleasure!
Most people know about singer-songwriter LeRoy Bell from his appearances in 2011 as one of the top performers on the network television singing
competition, The X Factor. But long before televised competitions, LeRoy Bell was at the top of the pop music charts.
Back in the 70s Bell wrote hit tunes for Elton John. And his own band, Bell and James, was at the top of the pop charts with their 1979 hit, “Living it Up Friday Night.” Bell’s uncle suggested that he write demo tunes for a recording that Elton John wanted to make with Thom Bell and his team of Philadelphia music producers. LeRoy ended up writing “Mama Can’t Buy You Love,” and the tune became a major hit for Elton John in 1979. He’s been one of the Puget Sound’s most consistent artists, we are lucky to have him with us at the Olalla Americana.
JD Hobson Band:
We asked around and sought out names of artists who are working today, who truly capture the soul of Americana music. And we heard about JD each time. Though he lives across the water on Vashon Island, his music comes to us in the tradition of the Delta Blues. We are excited about introducing you all to JD and his band.
JD Hobson began as a solo artist performing his large repertoire of upbeat Americana and Country Blues in the Seattle area. The JD Hobson Band is the natural evolution of JD’s solo career, and his fans have responded by selling out a number of shows locally in the Seattle area, including three shows at the famous Tractor Tavern.
DJs nationally and internationally stood up and took note in 2013 when JD Hobsons Where the Sun Dont Shine Hit #8 on the Freeform American Roots Chart and #26 on the Roots Music Report chart in addition to hitting #3 on KEXPs Blues chart.
Having performed in Olalla a number of times, our committee knew that Reid would be one of our “go-to” artists as we build this festival from the ground up; due to his extraordinary vocals and musicianship. It’s a pleasure to have Reid back with us as one of our opening acts kicking off this year’s festival.
Vancouver’s Reid Jamieson is a prolific songbird who loves to sing. Now performing as an acoustic duo with his long-time songwriting partner and saucy wife, Carolyn Victoria Mill, they are committed to making music that matters, regularly releasing single on topics that move us. Known for his compelling vocal performances and her therapeutic lyrics, Reid has appeared regularly on CBC’s Vinyl Cafe with Stuart McLean, and has recorded with Cowboy Junkies, Sarah Harmer and members of Blue Rodeo and Be Good Tanyas.
Alongside award winning original music, they recently released two tasty tributes: The Presley Sessions Revisited, a musical love letter to the 50s era greats; and the latest, a luminous homage to the master of song Leonard Cohen titled DEAR LEONARD: The Cohen Collection. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this creative couple live!
Hot Damn Scandal:
We welcome back Hot Damn Scandal to Olalla. One of the most popular bands from the last few years. Hope everyone is ready for a good-time when Hot Damn Scandal takes the stage for you cannot help yourself! Dancing is required.
“Tipsy American Gypsy Blues”
“Hot Damn scandal performs music that seems to be carved out of the broken heart of the American dream… You feel like you have heard these songs all your life. These are your favorite boots, your lucky hat, your Saturday night shirt, your old dog that disappeared after the rain” – Scott Casey
Another artist who we hold dearly for she and her husband have performed in Olalla numerous times. And her performances are always noted by extraordinary warmth, beautifully crafted songs, and there’s something really fun in the chemistry presented by Terry and her husband. Most notably, we look forward to their opening performance to set the tone for this year’s festival for there’s nothing that creates the moment like a song from the heart.
Terry Holder’s award winning songs are getting her noticed. Her engaging performances are opening hearts everywhere she goes. In her live shows she has the undeniable ability to charm and connect with her listeners. Gifted with a voice to break your heart and with a touching display of emotive vocals, she weaves her songs from the heart and soul. This is just a spectacular display of natural talent in the songwriting genre.
Holder’s passion, enthusiasm and hard work have earned her the title “Award Winning Songwriter”. She won the 2013 “Wildflower Songwriting Competition” in Richardson Texas, is a 2013 Semi-Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition and has been selected four times as a “Kerrville New Folk Finalist” at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival.