Aaron Burdett Trio
Aaron Burdett is an amazing songwriter from Saluda, North Carolina. He invited me to join his acoustic trio right before the pandemic hit, which was truly a bummer! Nevertheless, we were still able to go into the studio and record some of his new material and I’m really proud of the results. You can hear my mandolin playing on his latest releases, which were featured on the Bluegrass Situation
During my time in Asheville, NC, I had the extremely good fortune of meeting the multi-instrumentalist Emma Rast. Our mutual obsession with fiddle tunes and bluegrass led us to record an album on a 4-track cassette machine in the heat of summer in 2019. We then embarked on a two month tour from North Carolina to Washington to Texas, playing house concerts and clubs along the way. If you’re interested in obtaining a copy of our record, email me at email@example.com
Rain City Ramblers
I’ve always loved bass/mandolin/guitar trios and this is our take on that theme. Rain City Ramblers toured pretty intensely for 2016-2017, and then we took off for different parts of the US. Our songwriter/guitar wizard Jim sadly passed away in 2019 leaving behind a lot of beautiful music and sad friends. We recorded some good music while we were together and you can check out our album at our bandcamp.
The Blackberry Bushes
The Blackberry Bushes is a Northwest-based group that features the original songwriting of Jes Raymond. I had the privilege and pleasure of touring with them for most of 2014 and 2015 and played mandolin on their latest record Three Red Feathers. You can find out when the Bushes will be playing by checking their website here.
The Wobbly Stringband
The Wobbly Stringband is an ensemble of Cascadian noise-makers spreading a gospel of revolution by fiddle tunes. Paying tribute to the fiddlers and strugglers of the past, the Wobbly String band woops, wails, scrapes, slides, and bounces their way to freedom from the empires and bosses of today by empowering listeners to make their own noise. The band is comprised of Sheila Markazi on fiddle, Joe Ellingson on guitar, Forrest Marrowitz on bass, and me on mandolin.
The Holly Rollers
This was a fun project I collaborated on with my good friends Teddy Keiser, Jake Williams and Johnny Russell. In the spring of 2013, we gathered in a basement in the University District and recorded an EP. You can check out those recordings here.