and Friends - Boise, ID https://www.facebook.com/andFriendsBoise/ Music group doing bluegrass, country and gospel music. Features Daryl on guitar, Aaron with his fiddles, Marv with Mandolin and base, Gib with Banjo and guitar and the occasional accompaniment of guests.
Playing monthly: 1st and 3rd Thursday at El Gallo Giro (5285 Glenwood Boise 83714) 6-8pm 2nd and 4th Monday at Growler's Pizza Grill Boise.- 6-8pm
Backwood Ramblers - Boise & Meridian, ID
www.facebook.com/BackwoodRamblers/ A Boise bluegrass band that also loves Irish and Old-time music. We've been playing locally for 3 years now at the Boise, Capitol City, and Eagle Public Markets during the summer; plus occasionally at Coffee Studio in Meridian. The band consists of Jason Young (on Banjo and guitar), Hannah Young (mandolin and fiddle) and Arne Elmore (Hannah's dad) on bass.
Betty and Ozark Mountain Music - Nampa, ID
Their music has taken them from obscure churches in the Ozark Mountains to Branson, Mo., where they played four shows a day in Silver Dollar City for three consecutive years. Now in Idaho they also performed locally for assisted living centers, seniors, churches and prisons and are “Still Goin’ Strong.” (the title of the group’s latest CD). The group consists of Betty Adams, Kent Craig, Bill Cates, Lorinda Yamamoto Norton and Harry Strang.
Boise River Grass - Boise, ID boiserivergrass.weebly.com/ Boise River Grass (BRG) consists of bluegrass veterans Gary Eller on guitar and banjo, L. B. Robertson on guitar and mandolin and Joel Kaseman on banjo, mandolin and guitar. BRG has a hard driving sound reminiscent of Reno/Smiley, Red Allen, Jimmy Martin and the early Country Gentlemen. We focus on bluegrass classics from the early days of bluegrass that are rarely heard around Idaho, plus some originals, plus originals by Gary.
CHICKEN DINNER ROAD is a progressive bluegrass/acoustic band that has developed a unique sound rooted in bluegrass, gospel, blues, old country and rock and roll. With distinctive instrumental arrangements and tight vocal harmonies, the band takes pride in writing unique, heartfelt originals that stem from broad backgrounds and life experiences.
Dewey, Pickette & Howe - Ketchum, ID (Sun Valley area)
http://deweypicketteandhowe.com/ Dewey, Pickette, and Howe have been dazzling bluegrass and non-bluegrass audiences with their tightly crafted arrangements, airtight harmonies, and superb musicianship. The electrifying blend of traditional, contemporary, and newgrass (not to mention a little Paul Simon or Tom Waits) in a Dewey, Pickette, and Howe performance is sure to get folks movin’ their feet!
Dry Buck is a Traditional Bluegrass band hailing from Treasure Valley, Featuring: Rand Thompson's Soulful vocals, Dave Skipper's high lonesome tenor, Matthew Skipper on lead guitar and mandolin, 'Lightening' Doug Jenkins on the fiddle and Mark Stolpe on the dog house bass.
Americana string band based out of Boise, Idaho with Corey James-Guitar, Chad Lamer-Upright Bass, & Tyler Schmidt-Mandolin.
False Bottom String Band - Boise, ID https://www.facebook.com/falsebottomstringband/ An six member band focusing on traditional bluegrass songs that feature love gone wrong, drinking, murder, trains, prison, and occasionally redemption. A double dose of mandos, guitar threat, fiddler on fire, banjo bringing it home, and a bass player trying to keep it all together make up the False Bottom String Band Playing monthly: 2nd Tuesday - at White Dog Brewing (705 W Fulton St, Boise) 1st Wednesday - at Powderhaus Brewing Company
Fiddle Express - Melba, ID https://fiddleexpress.com/ Nine instruments, six members, countless state and national championships, make the family band of Fiddle Express. The Beck family starts them young - at age 3 - in contest fiddling and classical training of the violin. Fiddle Express enjoys sharing their music with retirements communities, centennial birthday parties, church functions, Bluegrass festivals and busking on the market streets. The Becks currently reside in Melba, Idaho. Their members include: Andrew on Mandolin/Ukulele/Fiddle; Rachel on Vocal/Fiddle; Eliza on Fiddle/Guitar; Isaac on Banjo/Fiddle/Drums. With Mom and Dad backing up the joy of it all with a Guitar and Double Bass.
Friday Night Jam - Boise, ID www.facebook.com/idahofridaynightjam/ A five-member band based in Boise, Idaho. They play acoustic traditional bluegrass standards from artists including Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Ralph Stanley and others along with some original tunes for variety and a little flavor.
Hickory Bluff - Nampa, ID
Hickory Bluff is a 5 piece band with fiddle, guitar, banjo, bass and mandolin. If you are lucky, you will see them at the ISBA fall festival, the Kamiah Spring Jam - this year in June, and at the Treasure Valley Bluegrass nights. Check out their Video from the fall festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-CUUyfqupQ
High Mtn Rounders - Boise, ID www.facebook.com/HighmtnRounders/ Traditional bluegrass by High Mtn Rounders. Bruce Jensen guitar/vocals Bill Cates banjo/vocals Tammy Tanaka fiddle/vocals and Josh Doane Bass/vocals
Lonesome Jet Boat Ramblers - Boise, ID A bluegrass band with some heavy hitters collected from far flung reaches of this mighty land. Coalesced from the hills of Vermont, the swamps of Florida, the spruce bogs of Alaska, and the pine barrens of New Jersey, the Lonesome Jetboat Ramblers serve up red hot bluegrass and ballads that will make your lip quiver with memories of unrequited love. Featuring Dave McMeekin on banjo and guitar, Willy Dallas on mandolin, Ryan Blizzard on stand-up bass, Steve Baker on guitar and banjo, and the amazing fiddling of Adam Straubinger.
www.northwesthigherground.com/Index.html Higher Ground is a traditional bluegrass band that plays a blend of Gospel with Bluegrass songs of yesterday and today. The band has been together since August 2009. We perform at festivals, coffee houses, care centers, and Churches whenever we can. The band consists of Scott Lombard (guitar, vocals), Adam Leavitt (banjo, guitar, vocals), Dave Herzog (mandolin), Denis Hackwith (bass) and Cassidy Arnot. We are all from Lewiston and Clarkston except for Dave who comes from Craigmont ID. More: 509-780-3730
This Idaho bluegrass band consists of a couple guys born and raised in the Mountain West with pretty gals to make them look good. All having a great love for music, you'll hear anything from newgrass to solid traditional bluegrass, not to leave out country, folk, and celtic music styles.
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Teton Shadow- Rexburg, ID www.tetonshadow.com Teton Shadow plays acoustic music covering most genres. Both Nyk and Diane have been playing instruments and singing for over twenty years. Their music foundation is in Folk, Western, Bluegrass, and Celtic music making them appealing to all walks of life.
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Country Roads - Nampa, ID http://singlecargarageband.weebly.com/ Country Roads is playing everything from classic country to gospel to old standards. Their repertoire includes songs by John Denver, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Neil Diamond, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, Elvis Presley, Sons of the Pioneers, Patsy Cline, Lefty Frizzell, Bob Wills, Roge Miller and many others. Please contact Bill McKeeth at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Playing weekly:
Mondays 6:30 to 8 :30pm at Overland Court Senior Living and Memory Care (10250 W Smoke Ranch Dr, Boise, ID 83709)
Fridays 6:00 to 8 :00pm at Touchmark Senior Living at Meadow Lake Village (4037 E Clocktower Dr, Meridian, ID 83642)
Celtic Shadow plays Irish and Scottish music in pure sense using the Whistle, Fiddle, and Mandolin as their main instruments. Their tight Vocals will have you dancing to the jigs and swaying to the ballads.
The Country Club is playing original and traditional music from the front lines of the nostalgia wars. While their sound is clearly drawn from the well of classic country, honky tonk, old time, and bluegrass, it rings and twangs with modernity and occasional urbanity. From dark and dirty to clean and pristine, the sound of the Country Club is as at home on the range, in a barn, as it is downtown, in the club or a bar.
We play old time Appalachian dance music, played on front porches, in dance halls and in living rooms with the furniture scraped back against the walls.
The Giant Leprechauns - Boise, ID https://www.facebook.com/thegiantleprechauns/ https://thegiantleprechauns.wordpress.com/ Idaho’s premier Irish music group, featuring energetic instrumentals and brilliant vocals in the traditional Irish style! For years the Giant Leprechauns have been playing high-energy tunes and soulful songs that hearken back to the very roots of the Emerald Isle. With their warm blend of traditional instruments and vocals in both English and Gaelic, This band is not to be missed by any fan of Irish music and culture!
Fronted by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Travis Ward, Hillfolk Noir is a trio of neo-traditionalists playing traditional music on traditional instruments for non-traditional times. They call it Junkerdash, and it’s a sound brewed from folk, bluegrass, punk, string-band blues and other influences musical and otherwise. Recommended pairings: Drinking and dancing.
The Hokum Hi-Flyers play old-time mountain music and other forms of unplugged American roots music on fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, and harmonica. Part of the living tradition of "old, weird America," they sing songs of love and murder, sin and redemption, whiskey and whimsy. High-spirited dance tunes will get you on your feet and hollerin' at the rafters.
The Storytellers are a Treasure Valley, Idaho acoustic band that specialize in story songs without regard for the genre from which they came - just great songs that tell a story. The group consists of four seasoned musicians known in the southwest Idaho acoustic music scene. Photography By Bruce Moore
The Wild Hares are the acoustic Trio of Spike Ericson, Matt Skipper, and David Skipper, and have recently added Mark Stolpe on upright bass.. They describe their music as Americana, with a mix of Bluegrass, Country, Folk , along with other songs you might not necessarily associate with acoustic music. Spike and Dave play guitar and mandolin, and do the vocals. Matt Skipper fills in the sound on guitar and mandolin, and is one of the up and coming bluegrass flat pickers and mandolin players in the valley. Spike has a new CD of original songs, with Dave and Matt providing much of his back up in the recording studio.