No band is more responsible for the dynamic resurgence in old time string band music than Foghorn Stringband. For more than a decade now, the foursome has led a renaissance of vintage acoustic roots music, their success built upon a foundation of jaw-dropping musicianship, joyful vocal harmonies and a knack for unearthing dusty, long-forgotten classics.
While the bulk of their sound stems from Appalachian and mountain music, Foghorn fold elements of honky-tonk, Cajun, Irish folk and gospel music into their rich sonic tapestry. Onstage, The Foghorn Stringband gather around one microphone, balancing their music on the fly, and playing with an intense, fiery abandon. The first iteration of the band formed in 2000 under the name Foghorn Leghorn, the band making a name for itself in the burgeoning roots music scene of the Pacific Northwest. In 2002, after changing their name to Foghorn Stringband, the band self-released their debut record Rattlesnake Tidal Wave, followed by 2004’s Reap What You Sow.
As their popularity skyrocketed, record labels took notice, the band getting signed by Nettwerk and subsequently releasing Weiser Sunrise, a record that helped expose the band to an international audience. A revamping of the lineup occurred in the late 2000’s with bassist Nadine Landry and guitarist Reeb Willms joining original members Caleb Klauder (mandolin) and Sammy Lind (fiddle) to solidify the band into what you see today. With the new lineup, Foghorn released Outshine the Sun in 2012 and their most recent, Devil in the Seat, in 2015.
“All they have to do is play, and the power surges straight through your own chest. They let their own musicality and the tunes speak for themselves.” —Old Time Herald
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