We have canceled the 2020 Olalla Americana Music Festival due to the Coronavirus.
We are considering bands for the 2021 festival August 21.
Please send your band bio to firstname.lastname@example.org.
9 bands needed.
2019 Band Line-up (last year) :
Randy Oxford Reunion – a special engagement!
Randy Oxford is a Northwest Legend. He has worked with such outfits as Little Bill & The Bluenotes, Fat Cat and Junkyard Jane prior to taking on the calling of leading his own band. The Randy Oxford Band has gone through several line-up changes over the years, but they have always been consistent on putting out exciting stage performances and excellent CDs. They have represented the Northwest multiple times at the International Blues Challenge and their last trip found them among the finalists.
Linda Carroll Band
Vocalist Linda Corrall has traveled around the world bringing her dynamic vocal style and stage presence to eager audiences. In 1984, Linda achieved national acclaim with the Commencement Bay Jazz Society production of her tribute to Billie Holiday titled, “The Lady Sings”, a performance she also recreated 10 years later in 1994. Linda’s current project, the Linda Carroll Band is formed with bassist Kim Workman, guitar and vocals Finn Malmgren, guitar and vocals David Brumbaugh, drums and percussion Spencer Workman. In addition, Linda has appeared with Bobby Blue Bland, Albert King, Tim Hall, Joe Cocker, The Ink Spots, Mel Washington, RC Martino, Billy Haddon, Joe Johansen, Duke Jordon, LaRoi Carter, Bud Schultz, Da Bonz, and many others.
The Rusty Cleavers are a hard-driving, hard-working, rowdy 4-piece rock-n-roll bluegrass band from Tacoma, WA. They blend the elements of classic bluegrass musicianship and flawless vocal harmonies with the attitude and edge of punk rock, sending audiences everywhere into a frenzy of compassionate lust.
Canadian born and now both BC and California-residing Sherri Anne is at the core of Sister Speak, an indie-pop (and rock/blues/world music) entity that creates warm, uplifting, and thought-provoking music. Sister Speak’s forthcoming EP combines Indie/Pop and electronic music into a refreshing new sound. After recovering from a major injury, Sherri Anne set out to share her passionate songwriting and hopeful message around the globe.
Reid Jamieson is a vocal powerhouse committed to making music that moves us. Known for regular appearances on CBC’s Vinyl Café, to recording with Cowboy Junkies, he shines with compelling originals, plus killer covers of everything from 50s era gold to their latest tribute to Leonard Cohen. A classic introvert/extrovert combo, Reid performs with his saucy wife and long-time song-writing partner Carolyn Victoria Mill. Their new all original album, recorded in Ireland with producer Kieran Kennedy (Maria Doyle Kennedy), is titled ‘Me Daza’ which is Cork slang for ‘most excellent’, – tho the direct translation is ‘I’m dying’ – but aren’t we all? There is nothing traditional about this record, or this dynamic duo.
Nick has performed with The Nick Mardon Blues Trio, Melissa Etheridge, Robert Glasper, Geoffrey Castle, James and Montgomery, Andy and the Architects, Bad Idea, Small Town Soul Band, Richard Allen and the Louisiana Experience, Pellegrini, Megan Moreau, The Max Cannella Trio, JNAII, and The Alison Banchero Band. In July of 2017, Nick started his career as a band leader with the Nick Mardon Blues Trio. The band quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting bands on the Seattle blues scene. In 2018 the trio released their debut EP “These Days.” Currently the Nick Mardon Blues Trio is performing throughout the Northwest and preparing to release a live CD recorded at Highway 99 Blues Club in 2018 and a new studio album in Spring of 2019.
Joel spent his Summers in North Carolina as a youth which provided the foundation for his eclectic blend of Country, Rock & Americana. The Singer-Songwriter from Silverdale, WA fills his sets with Original compositions as well as covers of 80’s, 90’s & 2000’s Country and Rock hits that take audiences on an eclectic musical journey. His primary influences include Eric Church, Merle Haggard, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Johnny Cash, The Cadillac Three & Kip Moore. The honesty, passion and energy exuded during his performances create a one of a kind experience that is a must see!
The Harbor All-star Band Dan Wilson, Jamie LeMessurier, Billy Odden, Howard Helm, Jesse Savage and Brady McCowan will perform at 4:20 pm. For many years, guitarist Dan Wilson has helped create a hub for musicians in the south sound. Owner of Allstar Guitar in Gig Harbor. Guitar player Jesse Savage studied and performed /recorded with studio legend Ralph Grasso. Studied and performed with The King Of Dieselbilly, Bill Kirchen. Played in many different original and cover bands. These include other artists such as Collin Raye, John Anderson, Blake Shelton, Rod Piazza and The Mighty Flyers, Johnny Winter, Geoff Muldaur. Bass player Billy Odden joined local band Dark Star in 1977. Enjoy notoriety open up for acts like Rail who were close friends with Heart. Recently played in numerous local bands with Musicians such as Steve Stefanowicz and Jim Valley of Paul Revere. Keyboards and Vocals Howard Helm started his pro career with CBS recording artists Zon. In the 80’s Howard toured and recorded with Refugee. In 1988 he joined British Rock Legends Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson. He spent 23 years at Morrisound Studios working with Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He has appeared on hundreds of albums. Multi-genre saxophonist Brady McCowan, in school at the University of Puget Sound, majoring in performance. A tight and grooving rhythm section with Jamie LeMessurier behind the drum kit. Jamie He is one of the west coast’s most respected and talented musicians. In 2018 he helped form a new band with northwest music legend Jim Valley (Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Viceroys), known as the Jim Valley Project. Jamie has been performing, songwriting, recording, and teaching for almost forty years.
Blending classic swing tunes from jazz, country and early rock n roll, bassist and singer Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints have found their own kind of cool. Live in our studios, the band performed four tunes from their varied songbook, including the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Fats Waller, Elvis Presley and Hank Williams. With deep sonic roots in virtually every style of mid-20th century American music – from americana to blues to jazz, soul and vintage rock ’n’ roll.
2018 Band Line-up
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 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. https://youtu.be/Wbhw_cm4SAU
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 Fame”.
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.
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.
The Tammy Frost Trio features Port Orchards very own Tammy Frost on Lead vocals, Al Alto on Guitar & Pete Jungschaffer on the stand up Bass. They are often described as top Notch Musicians with a down home style. This Trio has an Eclectic Style ranging from Train songs to the Blues and everything in between. Tammy and Al also write & perform their own songs. They always bring their true love of Music to all of their performances and have a loyal following. www.tamfrost.com
Billy Shew and the Spanktones
The Jim Valley Project aka “Luke Warm & Too Hot to Handle”.
Rock n Roll Legend Jim Valley, one of the Pacific Northwest’s favorite musicians has formed a HOT new band. Featuring Jim’s upbeat & dance-able original music with a handful of fan favorites, this rock quartet is primed and ready to play. A tight and grooving rhythm section with Jamie LeMessurier behind the drum kit and Billy Oden on bass, the stage is set for Jim Valley’s infectious piano, guitar and vocals. Guitarist Russ Salton deftly supplies theme lodic hooks.
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
Ava Adams is a fifteen-year- old singer-songwriter from Gig Harbor Washington. Formerly the vocalist for A Street Blues, she has spent the past two years writing music and rehearsing, playing countless venues throughout the Pacific Northwest. She recently traveled to Memphis Tennessee for the second time with her band, where they spent the week playing in several iconic blues clubs on Beale Street as a feature band in the 2017 International Blues Challenge. While in Memphis, they recorded their debut, original blues EP at the legendary Sun Studio. https://youtu.be/xd22ly_v8u4