Scratchdog Stringband will be playing at our humble Gazebo stage Sunday, September 3rd. Join us for an afternoon by the lake listening to the folk/grass tunes of this Portland based acoustic trio while enjoying some delicious wine. Picnics, children and leashed pets welcome!
Since early 2015, Scratchdog Stringband has been touring throughout the West Coast and Midwest with their fresh amalgamation of classic and contemporary Americana music. Based in Portland, OR, the dogs have blasted through over three-hundred shows in two years, all the while honing their technical finesse through careful craftsmanship and intuitive improvisation. The sound that emerges is uniquely “Scratchdog,” deriving from influences in Rock, Folk, Country and Jazz.
Acting as influential members of the quintet, Sink & Swim, James and Andrew quickly established themselves as some of the hardest working, finest playing musicians in the Pacific Northwest. It wasn’t long before they broke off of this initial ensemble to form Scratchdog Stringband. Joined by bassist Kim Kumada, with whom they recorded their first two albums, Scratchdog began exploring unchartered musical territory by blending their influences from all genres into a pared down acoustic sound which some called “Rockgrass.” This sound has been explored through tens of thousands of road miles, on stages shared with bands like Brothers Comatose, Eight Dollar Mountain, and Yonder Mountain String Band, and captured in all its aspects on their original full-length album, “Three Times Fast.”
2017 portends exciting new prospects and a continued foray into Scratchdog’s inimitable take on American music. Joined by a rotating cast of Portland’s best pickers, the boys plan to span the entire United States spreading the boot-stomping good times of the old school country ramblers, while maintaining and embellishing the tight-grooving, ear-catching melodic sensibility created during their first few years of collaboration. Constantly finding new ways to incorporate their diverse musical experience and passion, Scratchdog Stringband continues to share their common goal: a life in purposeful servitude of music.