Track #8 - "The Lady of The Mountains"
Jessica Raymond (of The Blackberry Bushes Stringband) (March)
Jes Raymond’s songs connect the day to day and invoke the natural world with the muses of wonder and impermanence. A skillful flatpicker, she has found her newest inspiration in the admiration of the clawhammer banjo. Jes first attended UNC Chapel Hill where she was a voice major. She left the classical voice program there to study folk music and the art of songwriting, and went on to graduate from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA where she studied “Music, Mountains and Mythology”. She is the front woman in the Acoustic Americana and Bluegrass band, The Blackberry Bushes Stringband. Their sound lies somewhere between Gillian Welch and The Infamous Stringdusters. The Bushes have that rare magic that allows them to fuse elements from many genres into a sound that retains distinct threads of sonic color. Like their thorny namesake, they are rooted and growing, growing, growing.
Photo by Jakob Breitbach