The Pickathon Festival just outside of Portland, Oregon has just announced the initial lineup for their 20th Anniversary season, and like most every year, numerous important luminaries from the effort to help save country music have made the cut.
With headliners Eilen Jewell, Caleb Klauder Country Band, and Petunia and The Vipers, the event boasted their biggest attendance numbers to date, and proved that independent country and roots music is most certainly still alive on the West Coast.
33 String Drive, Bekkah McAlvage, Caleb Klauder, Creekside String Fiddlers, Eilen Jewell, Halden Wofford and the Hi Beams, Honey Don't, Jef Fretwell, Jimmy Pinwheel Band, Joy Mills Band, Miss Lonely Hearts, Petunia and The Vipers, Rainy and the Rattlesnakes, Reeb Willms, The Maybe Sometimes, The New Autonomous Folksingers
As a long-standing member of The Foghorn Stringband, Caleb Klauder has studied classic melodies and can call upon an incredible repertoire of songs ranging from Appalachian old time, Celtic folk, classic Cajun, and all of the variations in between that went on to form many of the major roots genres of today.
The West Coast Country Music Festival, like many small festivals all across the country, shows that family over fame creates the greatest environment to share and enjoy music, and the funds and awareness raised through the event will help ensure the next generation will be able to share in those joys as well.
Bekkah McAlvage, Caleb Klauder, Eight Dollar Mountain, Greensprings, Honey Don't, J.P. Harris & the Tough Choices, Jan Purat, Justin Gordon, Laura Benitez, Laura Benitez and the Heartache, Miss Lonely Hearts, Modern Roots Foundation, Ned Folkerth, Patti Maxine, Rainy and the Rattlesnakes, Reeb Willms, Sage Meadows, Simon Linsteadt, Steep Ravine, The New Autonomous Folksingers, West Coast Country Music Festival, Wyatt Hesemeyer
If you’re populating a list of criminally-underrated country music talent, Caleb Klauder has to be somewhere near the top. The Pacific Northwest’s best kept country music secret is beloved by those who know about him, and revered by his fellow musicians. Caleb’s fortunes turned for the worse this summer though when he was diagnosed with vocal cord polyps.