The Slocan Ramblers (featured on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville TN, 2020 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year Award Winner & 2019 Juno Award Nominee) are Canada’s bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have become a leading light of today’s acoustic music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan, The Slocans have been winning over audiences from Merlefest to RockyGrass and everywhere in between.
On their new album Up the Hill and Through the Fog, the all-star Canadian roots ensemble channels the past two years of loss into a surprisingly joyous collection of twelve songs intended to uplift and help make sense of the world. Bluegrass music is nothing short of catharsis for The Slocan Ramblers.
Though the past few years have brought the group accolades, that same momentum was abruptly halted by the pandemic’s brutal impact on live music. Over the next year, bandmates Adrian Gross and Darryl Poulsen both lost close family members and their bassist decided to step back to spend more time at home. They channeled these tumultuous changes into some of their most honest and direct compositions yet. Up the Hill and Through the Fog showcases the breadth of their varied influences while staying true to their roots in the rough and tumble bluegrass scene of Toronto’s no-nonsense bars and dancehalls. From Frank Evan’s classic, dusty vocals, to John Hartford-inspired lyrical musings, it’s all buttressed by impeccable musicianship, and emotionally raw songwriting from the three core members. This is roots music without pretension, art powerful enough to cut through the fog of the past two years and chart a more hopeful course forward.
Say hello to your new favorite band.
The Slocan Ramblers are:
Frank Evans: Banjo/Vocals
Adrian Gross: Mandolin
Darryl Poulsen: Guitar/Vocals
With Charles James: Bass/Vocals
The Bow Ties are a group of true bluegrass pickers dedicated to infusing traditional bluegrass with fresh energy. Frontman Yoseff Tucker is a staple in the California Bluegrass scene, known for his piercing tenor and driving rhythm guitar. Billy Moore sets the groove with his no-nonsense five string banjo playing. Yoseff and Billy have been singing Stanley Brothers duets for two decades now. Caleb Roberts brings the Monroe style mandolin, while Jack Kinney lends his tasteful and clean fiddle playing to the group. The beating heart of this unit comes from the fierce rhythm of duo Zach Sharpe on upright bass and Michael Carroll on snare. The combination of these talented musicians offer a refreshing, exciting and meticulous bluegrass experience.