“Face it people – there’s Foghorn…and then there’s everybody else.” – Stuart Mason – The Fiddlefreak
Foghorn Stringband is the present-day gold standard for real-deal hard-hitting genuine old-time American string band music, with nine albums, thousands of shows, over 15 years of touring under their belts, and an entirely new generation of roots musicians following their lead.
Old time dance tunes rub shoulders with Cajun waltzes, vintage honky-tonk country, and classic bluegrass….and it’s all rendered into a cohesive whole. Foghorn Stringband can often be found after a performance in a local pub or club continuing to play with equal energy and joy late into the night. They’re obsessed, and that obsession rings true with every note they play and every song they sing.
In performance, Foghorn Stringband gather around one microphone, balancing their music on the fly, and playing with an intense, fiery abandon. To the band, this music is as relevant today as it was at it’s birth a century ago.
Foghorn Stringband is comprised four master performers and historians: Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle) from Orcas Island, Washington – Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar) from rural Farmer, Washington – Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) from the Gaspé Coast, Eastern Quebec – Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo) from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“Portland’s Foghorn String Band stands at the top of today’s vibrant old-time music revival and a fine example of what an unending revival it is. Each album finds them deeper into the tradition, more familiar with the rich resources of roots music, and more focused, but still propelled by that undercurrent of punk energy.” – Art Menius, WMMT