See Bearfoot Live

November 14
McKinney Performing Arts Center
Tickets $30 and $27.50

Nov 16
The Mucky Duck
Tickets $15

Bearfoot, the young bluegrass-influenced band out of Alaska, has been building quite a buzz this year with standing-ovation sets at Merlefest, Old Settlers Music Festival, Telluride, and The Philadelphia Folk Fest to name a few. The band recently added Odessa Jorgensen, formerly of the Biscuit Burners, to the lineup after Annalisa Tornfelt left the band to spend more time with family.

Bearfoot originally got together as students at music camps in Alaska when the youngest was just 14. Amazingly, for such a young band, they became regular crowd favorites at prestigious festivals including Wintergrass, Grey Fox, Strawberry Festival, and seven consecutive years at RockyGrass. In 2001, they gained notoriety by winning the Telluride Bluegrass band contest, joining the prestigious ranks of previous winners Dixie Chicks and Nickel Creek.

Like the aforementioned Nickel Creek, and now in their 20s –  the band takes bluegrass into a freer form of acoustic music. In fact, only a portion of their repertoire is still true bluegrass — but, with chops honed at an early age in such a demanding genre, their skills and influences are undeniable. Bearfoot mixes earthy pop-influenced songs between  romping bluegrass instrumentals, and tunes that would sound at home on a Billy Holiday album. All members interchange vocals, while song structures are revitalized with blues stomps and sweeping, unconventional harmonies. They released Follow Me last year to critical note, and will be going into the studio this winter for a release in 2009.

“Follow Me, prodigious musical prowess is matched with an obvious collective spirit of adventurousness, which is perhaps surpassed only by the shining, soaring harmonies.”

“Bearfoot is an egalitarian sort of band with a taste for switching things up. Mournful ballads give way to folksy three-part harmonies, which in turn make room for romping, bluegrass-instrumentals.” The Boston Globe

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