The lead singer and songwriter Jes Raymond of The Blackberry Bushes Stringband speaks about “Hickory is Dependable”, “I wrote this song with a story about a friend’s grandfather. I was really struck by the idea of building the tools you need to work with out of strong materials so that they are there for you when you need to rebuild and you can pass them on.” Peter Fraterdeus filmed this video of “Hickory Is Dependable” by Jes Raymond off their upcoming album “Three Red Feathers” at Slow Print Studio in Dubuque, Iowa.
The Blackberry Bushes Stringband Debut new video “Hickory is Dependable” from upcoming new album, Three Red Feathers
Modern acoustic group The Blackberry Bushes Stringband pairs a love for traditional genius with innovative instincts. The result is a fresh, cohesive catalog of music distinguished by playful twang, artful arrangements, and tight, thick harmonies.
The group won third place in the 2015 Rockygrass Band Competition and has performed for fans at a growing number of notable bluegrass, Americana, and folk festivals. Lead singer, flat-pick guitarist and songwriter, Jes Raymond, founded the band while earning her Bachelor of Arts (concentration, Music & Mythology) from The Evergreen State College in Seattle, Wash. Her band mates, equally accomplished, include Jakob Breitbach (fiddle), Daniel Ullom (mandolin), Forrest Marowitz (upright bass), and Alex Genova (banjo).
The band’s latest album, Three Red Feathers (Aug. 28, 2015), is a collection of original songs that play on themes of impermanence and imperfection, including “Little White Sin” and “Lady Of The Mountains.” And then, there’s the delightful title track, which beckons us all to get on with the work we’re put here to do. For these hot pickers, that work is sharing their music with you.
Catch the band live at:
9 p.m. Friday, August 28
Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. NW in Seattle
With Warren G. Hardings, Casey Ruff & The Mayors of Ballard
And in Portland here:
9 p.m. Saturday, August 29
The Secret Society, 116 NE Russell St. in Portland
w/ Rabbit Wilde & Crow and the Canyon
Cover: $12; $15 at the door
For more info on the band, visit their website www.theblackberrybushes.com