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The Oregon Bluegrass Association presents: The Greg Blake Trio

Greg Blake grew up in the mountains of southwest West Virginia, and when he sings, you can hear a voice that connects to the great old generations of mountain singers, invested with a rich twang and rumbling drawl, and the kind of eerily powerful high tenor cry that first inspired the high, lonesome sound. 
He's twice been nominated for the SPBGMA's Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year and five times won the SPBGMA's Guitarist of the Year, not to mention the Kansas State Flatpicking championship. After moving to Conifer, Colorado, Greg joined all-star progressive bluegrass band Jeff Scroggins & Colorado as the lead vocalist. With both Jeff and his son Tristan breaking new ground instrumentally on the banjo and mandolin, Greg stepped up to the plate as a guitarist, and crafted the band's sound around his signature high tenor vocals. They've recorded two albums and have a third about to be released.

Greg is joined by multi-instrumentalist Isaac Callender. Isaac began his musical career as a contest fiddler winning titles all over North America. As a teen he had the great fortune to be able to study and travel with Western Swing Hall of famers Dick and Lisa Barrett as well as playing bluegrass and country music with various local bands. Isaac joined the US Army National guard at eighteen and served for eight years during which time he performed with the 133rd Army band. 
Isaac's music continued to develop after leaving the military when he joined renowned Canadian fiddle and step dancer April Verch on the guitar and mandolin. After leaving the AVB, Isaac performed with many bluegrass, country, folk, Irish, and old-time groups on multiple instruments. These days you can find Isaac touring, writing, singing, and just loving music all over the world. He has produced three albums, multiple tune books for both guitar and fiddle, and continues to write, teach, and perform with some of the greatest musicians in the world. 

The trio is rounded out by Portland, Oregon native Ellie Hakanson. Ellie's fiddling background is a unique blend of classical training simultaneously blended with years of traditional bluegrass fiddling. Ellie is currently the fiddler and vocalist for Jeff Scroggins and Colorado but she also performs with various other groups as time allows. She recently won the 2016 RockyGrass Fiddle contest and has received many other accolades for her playing and singing. 

Together the three make up the Greg Blake trio. Their music ranges from traditional bluegrass favorites to vintage country and old-time music along with a sampling of original material. Three part harmonies, spectacular instrumental abilities, and great songs make their shows a must see for any lover of quality acoustic music. 

If you’d like a preview, click the links below for some recent videos of the trio on the road.

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Later Event: April 12