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 Telluride winner Bearfoot is one of the leading young bands reshaping American roots music. Drawing from a broad range of musical styles including bluegrass, old-time, folk, country, Cajun, blues and western swing. The female-fronted quartet delivers a powerful live show that features winningly intimate lead vocals, intricate arrangements of award-winning original songs, tight harmonies and impressive instrumental prowess.

“Old time, roots, Americana, folk, bluegrass – whatever...it’s just plain old pleasure.” - The Boston Globe

Their last two CD releases on Compass Records have come to critical acclaim with their 2009 Release Doors and Windows debuting at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart, and their 2011 release American Story had a music video for title track “Tell Me a Story” reach #2 music video of the week 3 weeks in a row on CMT’s Pure Music Video Channel.





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Angela Oudean


"Angela is a rare and real talent on the fiddle. Anything she needs to do on it, she can do. I really like listening to her because I can relax while she takes care of business." - Darol Anger
 
Angela grew up in Anchorage, Alaska with a family of musicians. She was influenced to sing and play music by going to church, music festivals, and even singing along with the radio on long road trips. She learned to play the fiddle and guitar by taking lessons, attending acoustic music camps for kids, listening to CDs, and watching her family and friends play. Some early influences also included close family friends Frank Solivan II ("Navy Bluegrass Band/Country Current" and "Frank Solivan and Ditry Kitchen") and bluegrass music innovator Ginger Boatwright ("Red, White and Bluegrass" and "Doug Dillard Band.")

Angela was in many childhood bluegrass and folk bands that performed all over Alaska. When she was 16, she became a part of Bearfoot and began to get more serious about playing bluegrass fiddle after traveling and performing more than she had ever done before. After graduating high school, she decided to attend East Tennessee State University and their Bluegrass and Country Music Program where she learned from Jim and Jesse band member Raymond McLain and Bill Monroe band member Tater Tate.

While in Johnson City, Angela played fiddle with the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band, and a prominent local group called the Everybodyfields and played fiddle on their CD entitled "Plague of Dreams" (2006). She also played fiddle on Warner Bros. recording artist Megan McCormick's first solo CD ("Runaway") 2005, and received an IBMA award for Recorded Event of the Year for her work on Daughter's of Bluegrass's "Back to the Well" project in 2006. In the spring of 2006 she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, and became one of the first people in the world to receive a minor in bluegrass. When she returned to Alaska after college for a couple of years to visit her family and friends, she was honored to be featured on Alaska music legend Joe Page's solo mandolin album entitled "Alaska Mando" (2007) and then also record with popular Alaska performing and songwriting artist Todd Grebe on their original honky tonk album entitled "Cold Country" (2008).

Angela has had many opportunities to play with great musicians and friends, but one of her personal highlights is when she performed with Jesse McReynolds band at Rockygrass 2008.

Songwriting is one of her hobbies when she gets some extra time and energy. Bearfoot has recorded two of her originals; the title track from their second release "Back Home," and "Time is No Medicine" from their first Compass Records Release Doors and Windows.

Angela’s fiddling continues to be a powerful and essential part of Bearfoot’s music.
 
 

Jason Norris


"Jason Norris plays some inspired mandolin with a very nice touch, reminding me at times of Bill Monroe and at other times of Chris Thile." ---Bluegrass Works

 
Jason is known for being the "I'm gonna go out and jam with everyone at this festival" guy in the band. He has a contagious musical enthusiasm and is often seen yelling "Happy Bluegrass!!!" to everyone he sees at Alaska festivals.

He started playing mandolin at age 9, and has picked up the fiddle, guitar, and bass along the way. In addition to Jason’s crafty mandolin work, his fiddling has become an integral part of Bearfoot’s sound. Jason now lives in Nashville, TN. When he's not on tour with Bearfoot he's usually on some sort of other expedition. He recently stated that he hadn't been in the same place for over two weeks in the last few years. He definitely likes to move around and check out new scenes. One of his favorite places to visit, besides Alaska, is Lafayette LA. His mother raised him with a strong love for Cajun music and dancing and he might be happiest when he's playing or dancing in the heart of Cajun country.


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Todd Grebe


"I don’t know where the bluegrass country is in Alaska, but Todd Grebe sure as hell does. This North Country guitar player took some time off from his duties with Alaskan bluegrass outfit Bearfoot to put together this equally grassy and old country offering. It isn’t hard to see Grebe pickin’ and singin’ in front of a single mic in the heyday of the Grand Ole Opry – his music rings with vintage country soul."
~ Dave Stallard, contributor for " Honest Tune", Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Promoter

Inspired by the Grateful Dead, Todd began playing guitar as a teenager, which led to his discovery of bluegrass music. Along with friends, he formed the traditional bluegrass band Well Strung, providing him the opportunity to develop his chops by playing in bars and at festivals throughout the state of Alaska. Channeling the spirit of heroes such as Jimmy Martin and Johnny Cash, it wasn't long before Todd began crafting his own original compositions. As he felt confined by the limitations of the traditional bluegrass format, though, he sought a more versatile acoustic sound to compliment his vocal abilities and lyrical themes. Enlisting some of Alaska's finest to back him, his vision was fulfilled by forming an ensemble that relied primarily on guitar, bass, mandolin and fiddle. While incorporating noticeable elements of bluegrass such as drive and harmonization, this new configuration allowed the dynamic room to experiment with honky-tonk and country stylings as well. In homage to his Alaskan roots, he billed the group as Todd Grebe & Cold Country, releasing a self-titled debut album in 2008 that featured all original material and garnered critical acclaim in Alaska and beyond.

In 2010, Todd moved to Nashville to further his musical career. Shortly thereafter he joined longtime friends as a full time member in the newgrass group Bearfoot, yet continued to write material in the stylistic vein of Cold County. Influenced by the musical landscape of his adoptive home town and inspired by the many talented musicians of the area, he soon had enough material to complete another album. After recruiting Angela Oudean (fiddle), David Long (mandolin) and Mike Bub to form the nucleus of a new Cold Country band, Todd bunkered down in a Nashville studio during the winter of 2010 to record a second album.

Co-produced by Bub, engineered by industry stalwart David Ferguson and featuring performances by renowned session drummer Larry Atamanuik and banjo master Rob McCoury, the resultant album- entitled Until Tomorrow- is an exceptional sophomore effort. Seamlessly incorporating elements of bluegrass, swing jazz, and country, Until Tomorrow is strikingly reminiscent of music made in Nashville circa 1950’s and 60’s. In fact, if the Grand Ole Opry was anything today like it was then, one might assume that Todd Grebe & Cold Country would be weekly guests. As things stand now, though, Todd has certainly made a case for himself to be included in conversations regarding upcoming Nashville songwriters while his band, Cold Country, is poised to make their mark on an unsuspecting American roots music scene.

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Megan McCormick


“ [Megan] expresses her joy and agony with a sound that blurs the lines between blues, rock and alternative-country, while channeling everyone from Bonnie Raitt to Steely Dan." –Relix Magazine

“[Megan] delivers both a bluesy punch and a sense of genuine refinement, [she’s] tough and tender, cool and classy.” – USA Today

"Cross Sheryl Crow with Bonnie Raitt and you get Honest Words, a bluesy, lovelorn showcase for singer-songwriter McCormick's bright alto and growly guitar."- O Magazine
 
 
A Nashville-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Megan McCormick grew up in a musical family, picking up the guitar at the age of nine (she also plays lap steel guitar, mandolin, and bass), quickly working her way through style after style on the instrument, from blues, folk, and country to jazz and straight-out rock & roll. By the age of 12 she was already gigging in a band with her cousins. At the age of 15 she moved to Wasilla, AK (Sarah Palin's hometown) and began playing with a progressive bluegrass band called Bearfoot. A year later, at the age of 16, McCormick enrolled in East Tennessee State, studying with bluegrass players Raymond McLain and Jack Tottle, among others, and by the time she was 18 she was touring with Valerie Smith's bluegrass band. An excellent musician and player, she next split her time between playing with the jazz fusion group Missy Raines & the New Hip and the indie country band Everybodyfields. At the age of 20, McCormick did the obvious and moved to Nashville, where she quickly became an in-demand session player, thanks to her strong, distinctive, and varied guitar style. But McCormick was more than just a skilled guitarist -- she also had developed into a gifted songwriter, often writing with her friend Tami Hinesh. Pursing a solo career, McCormick was discovered by music lawyer Tyler Middleton, who helped her set up Nashville showcases, land a publishing deal, hire a manager, and -- eventually -- secure a record deal with Rykodisc, who released her debut album, Honest Words, produced by Dave O'Donnell, in 2010. 

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