About TRUE NORTH
“True North play tunes so smooth they bring to mind bluegrass-pop artists like Alison Krauss and Union Station, as well as old country legends like Hank Williams, Sr.” — Kim Ruehl, West Coast Performer/No Depression
Americana quartet True North is emerging as a Pacific Northwest powerhouse of intelligent, memorable songs, and lush instrumental and vocal performances, with the crazy-good picking and harmonies of a band deeply rooted in traditional folk and bluegrass genres.
Fronted by award-winning singer-songwriters Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel, True North is rounded out with two Pacific Northwest bluegrass superstars Martin Stevens and Josh Adkins. Grainger is making a name for herself in songcraft, collecting accolades and awards at IMEA, Telluride, Merlefest, and Kerrville songwriting competitions.
The band’s new project, Open Road, Broken Heart, is already receiving early praise and accolades and debuted at #1 on the FolkDJ charts. . Their 2014 release, Elsebound, received very favorable reviews from music critics here and abroad, spent 25 weeks on the Roots Music Report’s top ten (national folk charts) and was the number 7 folk album of the year.
On stage, True North exemplifies the most compelling aspects of live acoustic roots music: Storied songwriting, mad instrumental skills, and vocals that alternately bring you to tears or raise ecstatic hairs on the back of your neck.
Kristen Grainger, lead vocals, ukulele
Dan Wetzel, guitar, octave mandolin, banjo. vocals
Martin Stevens, mandolin, fiddle, octave mandolin, vocals
Josh Adkins, upright bass, vocals.
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