#7 Most Aired Bluegrass Album of 2012!
We just found out that our last CD, "American Story" is the #7 most aired Bluegrass Album of 2012! Right under Alison Krauss! Check out the link for the Roots Music Report to see other artists who made the top 100.
We're having a great time on our tour out west. We have one show left, and then we'll head back home to Nashville. It was great to visit with lots of friends in Colorado. The boys enjoyed their free ski passes!! And we got to tell lots of kids about Bluegrass music in Scottsbluff NE, and then play for a crowd of 600 for Valentines Day! Who would've thought Nebraska had such a music loving audience. They were awesome! We even made the front page of the paper.
We're looking forward to our show in Bozeman tonight and hope to see everyone next time. We'll miss the mountains, but it's never too long before we come back!
Upcoming Tour OUT WEST/We're back from Germany!
We hope you've had a great holiday season and are feeling great about 2013! We are looking forward to our upcoming tour in February to the West and Midwest. We are excited to have Del McCoury Alum Mike Bub playing Bass with us on this tour, along with critically acclaimed singer songwriter Megan McCormick. It will be a special tour, and we're psyched to come and see our friends out West!
Bluegrass Jamboree--in Germany!
We had a busy December performing in Germany for the Bluegrass Jamboree! It was 18 cities (including Prague) in 20 days. Whew! It was a busy trip, but it was awesome to see so many great sites in Germany and with our buddies from Audie Blaylock and Redline, and the country duo Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms. Some highlights were Munich, Dresden, Prague, The Black Forrest, and the town Martin Luther was born Eisleben. Check out our pictures from the trip on Facebook!
Germany was a very cool place to be with very sweet, hard working people! They do Christmas really well with an outdoor Christmas market in every town. Lots of Gluvine and Brats. Oh and sparkling water and cappuccino and delicious rolls, cheeses and deli meats. And don't forget the Pretzels and bier...Man! We spent a lot of time on our Mercedes Coach bus gazing out at the snowy countryside. It was a total blast to have such great musicians on tour with us too. At the end of each night we did a Grand Finale where we all got to jam on a few tunes together. That was definitely a highlight. Now we're all planning our next trip to Germany. What a great place.
Megan McCormick Plays with Bearfoot!!
We'd like to announce that Nora Jane is stepping away from Bearfoot to focus on promoting her new solo album that is now in the works.
We are excited to now have original member Angela Oudean sing many of the Bearfoot classics as her and co-founder Jason Norris continue to define the instrumental feel of the band. Todd Grebe will be singing his original brand of roots music and you will be hearing some new originals from the outstanding addition of Megan McCormick who will be joining us for all of our currently scheduled shows. Many of you know Megan as both a fantastic, out of this world vocalist and guitarist, and also as someone who has a long history with Bearfoot. Megan is from Alaska, and even filled in for a summer on guitar for Bearfoot a few years back. She also wrote “Oh My Love”, the opening track from our Doors and Windows album that hit #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts in 2009. We hope you are as thrilled as we are about getting to hear Megan with the band and hope to see you down the road at one of our upcoming shows.
Click here to preview some tracks on Amazon.com from Megan's recent release "Honest Words" that was featured in Oprah Magazine as one of the top things to put on your iPod.
Other cool things about Megan:
*live performance featured on the CBS Morning show
* Her song “Bullseye”, was featured in a Lifetime movie called “Prayers for Bobby”
Some great Quotes about Megan:
“ [Megan] expresses her joy and agony with a sound that blurs the lines between blues, rock and alternative-country, while channeling everyone from Bonnie Raitt to Steely Dan." –Relix Magazine
“[Megan] delivers both a bluesy punch and a sense of genuine refinement, [she’s] tough and tender, cool and classy.” – USA Today
"Cross Sheryl Crow with Bonnie Raitt and you get Honest Words, a bluesy, lovelorn showcase for singer-songwriter McCormick's bright alto and growly guitar."- Oprah Magazine
Upcoming Festivals! Summer Highlights! Music Video
We have had the most amazing summer this year! Read on to hear more about our highlights. And like us on Facebook to see all our pics and news from the road. The fun isn't over yet folks! We're looking forward to these upcoming festivals below for this fall. Go to our tour page to see our full schedule. We are really psyched to be playing at these awesome festivals this year! Hope to see you around!
Sept 15th Bristol VA/TN Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
Nov 10,11th Brooksville, FL Riverhawk
Nov 28th-Dec 16 All over Germany Bluegrass Jamboree
June-Pagosa Springs Bluegrass Festival
We love Pagosa! Between the hot springs, the wonderful people, food, and scenery... you can't go wrong. We spent a few days teaching Kate Hamre's "Bluegrass Camps for Kids" before the festival (awesome, talented children!). Then went on to have a great time all weekend pickin' and getting to see some of our fav bands and friends The Deadly Gentlemen, Eli and Cahalen, and Finders and Youngberg. Definitely a highlight!
ROMP was an awesome festival in Owensboro KY put on by the Internationl Bluegrass Music Museum. They put on a super great festival with Vince Gill, The Punch Brothers, Old Crow, and a great new band find for me (Angela) was Pokey La Farge, plus many many others. We didn't get any pictures from the festy because it was over 100 degrees every day we were there. We barely survived... ok maybe a little dramatic... but seriously it was freakin hot.
July- Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
We had a really great time at Grey Fox. It was our first time to the new festival site, and it was awesome. A whole musicians camp area, and three great stages of music... we were running around the whole time trying to catch all of the great acts. Angela, Nora Jane and Jason even sat in with Anne and Pete Sibley on Sunday morning. What a treat. We gave out tons of fun meters! You should check out Della Mae, and Tornado Rider!
July- La Roche Bluegrass Festival
OMG! We went to France! I've never had so much fresh bread and cheese in my life! And guess what! The people in La Roche were very sweet! We had the best time, and even got to pick some tunes with some great gypsy swing players. I also found out that Bluegrass music is more popular percentage wise in the Czech Republic than it is in the USA. Over 300 Bluegrass bands there. Whoa!
August- Mountain Stage
We got to make our 3rd appearance on the awesome NPR radio show "Mountain Stage" but this time it was in Fairbanks Alaska and featured tons of great Alaskan bands. It was such a treat to share the stage with Steve Brown and the Bailers, Pat and Robin, and Susan Grace with her inspirational Alaskan songs that brought a tear to my eye. A touching evening of passionate muscians and music and audience members in Alaska.
August-Kantishna Music Festival in Denal National Park
To top off the whole summer... we got to drive all the way to the end of the road in Denali National Park and see hours of breaktaking mountain scenes, and animals like this bear! Click here to see more pics on Facebook. Once again, MANY awesome bands... some favs to check out were Tim Easton and Sweet Ginger Heat.
Unfortunately our River Rafting trip was cancelled due to wild fire threats. We are soo sorry we didn't get to do the trip... and we are excited to try again for next year. Our hearts go out to all the people who have been affected by wild fires this year. There's a lot of you. : (
NEW MUSIC VIDEO!
Also check out our newest music video for the song Midnight in Montana! We made it ourselves while travelling through Montana last fall. Hope you like it!! Click here to watch it!
Thanks for keeping up with Bearfoot! Hope to see you soon!!
Go River Rafting with Bearfoot!
We are sooooo exicted about a very cool brand new opportunity to hang out and play music for some of you on a rafting trip!! Join Bearfoot and Sawtooth Adventure Company on a 5 night/6 day musical adventure down Idaho's Salmon River of No Return. Spend your days enjoying the majestic Salmon River Canyon and your evenings enjoying live music by Bearfoot! It's going to be August 22-27th of this summer 2012. Once you sign up, Sawtooth Adventure Company will cover basically everything:
*airfare from Boise, ID to Salmon, ID
*all food and beverage
*camp equipment and river gear
Bearfoot will be jamming every night around the campfire, and we'll do 2 scheduled concerts as well. And we all get to hang out the whole time!!
This trip is catered to adults. SAC will offer inflatable cayaks, stand up paddle boards, paddle rafts and oar boats. Guests can expect fun rapids, huge beaches, amazing hot springs, great food and getting to know Bearfoot while exploring the largest wilderness in the lower 48!
Space is limited!! We hope to see you at the pull out in Salmon, ID this August!!
Sawtooth Adventure Company was rated #1 TripAdvisor Tour of Idaho!!
Click HERE for more info and to reserve your spot on the Bearfoot Rafting trip
Alaska Tour! 1st trip to France!!
OMG! We've been having way too much fun lately. It's kind of rediculous. We had the most awesome tour ever! And sooo much good food. We're thinking about calling it the Bearfoot Food Tour 2012. It all started in Dallas TX with the 3 foot wide pizza, handmade right in front of you, to the TX BBQ at the Ricegrass festival, then off to Alaska. Where to begin there. Homemade Pork Green Chili and Margarita party to start, then Moose Burger Spaghetti, and lots and lots of Halibut tacos.
Turns out there's lots of other cool things about Alaska besides food though... and it was really fun to show the new guys around Alaska for their first time. It seemed like Alaskans and Virginians and New Jersey... ites can all get along. Yay!!
Some cool things we did... frozen lake hockey, snowmachining, snowshoeing, bush plane flying, wood fired hot tubbing, Chena Hot spring soaking, Denali sightseeing, we saw some moose, went sledding, kite flying, tons of jamming out and fun gigs with fun people, and drank lots of Alaskan Brewed beerskies. And guess what! Drew (the new drummer dude) got lots of cool pictures and a series of short videos of the stuff. Also lots of other cool stuff on our Facebook Page. I highly recommend checking out the pics and videos. A picture's worth a thousand words right?
Spring Tour Pics Here
Video: Drive through Denali
Video: Lake Hockey in Denali
Video: Clip from Fairbanks Show at The Blue Loon
Video: Getting ready to Fly
Video: Flying in AK... gorgeous
Video: Cabin Party
We ended the tour in Portland, OR with a sweet private house concert with our friends Peter and Jill, played a gig at Pacific University, and got to see our old band mate Annalisa who took us out thrift store shopping. So fun!!
Bearfoot's first trip to France!!
Yup, it's true. We'll be playing at the La Roche Bluegrass festival on August 3rd this summer in La Roche sur Foron, France. Ronnie Bowman will also be there. We're trying to figure out a way to squeeze in a visit to Paris, but we'll see. Soooo excited!!
#2 Music Video on CMT Pure- 3 weeks in a row!!
We here at BEARFOOT want to thank you for your continued support and wish you and yours a very happy holiday season.
The Alaskans have been up in Alaska spending time with friends and family and pickin that bluegrass music in between visits. PJ and I have been enjoying the holidays with family and friends amidst the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia playing music and eating pork with every meal.
In January we're heading up to Michigan for a weekend and doing a full week of school residencies in Owensboro, KY sponsored by the International Bluegrass Music Museum.
Here's the CMT UPDATE:
We're spending our second week at # 2. Thank you for your votes! This competition keeps on going until we're not on the chart anymore. Voting for this week ends tomorrow, Thursday, at midnight.
Pure 12-Pack Countdown From Week of December 23, 2011
Rank Video Artist Watch
12 "You" Chris Young
11 "Poison and Wine" The Civil Wars
10 "Wanna Make You Love Me" Andy Gibson
09 "Like My Mother Does" Lauren Alaina
08 "Barton Hollow" The Civil Wars
07 "Between Sundays" DJ Miller
06 "Run Away" Sarah Jarosz
05 "Let's Don't Call It a Night" Casey James
04 "I Love You This Big" Scotty McCreery
03 "The Trouble With Girls" Scotty McCreery
02 "Tell Me a Story" Bearfoot
01 "Alabama Pines" Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
To keep on supporting us, you can:
*Tell you friends on facebook about Operation Bearfoot-Nation and our battle to slot Number 1 on CMT's Pure 12-Pack.
*Click this link to vote for our video "Tell Me a Story" a few more times:
You can vote everyday, as many times as you want.
Nora Jane & Bearfoot
#1 on Billboard Bluegrass Charts!!
We're really honored at the reception that Doors and Windows has been receiving since it's release in April. During mid-May, thanks in large part to Merlefest, we were the #1 album on Billboard Magazine's Bluegrass charts. The album has been on the Americana charts now for three weeks, and was recently #6 on the Roots Music Report. We're thankful for that and really appreciate the support we have been receiving.