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Missy Raines

7 time International Bluegrass Music Association's Bass Player of the Year, Missy Raines, is a pioneering force in acoustic music. Her adventurous musical spirit has always been her compass. Launching her career with experimental bluegrass outfit Cloud Valley, Raines next toured the country with Eddie and Martha Adcock. Soon she was lending her bass skills to the Masters (Adcock, Kenny Baker, Josh Graves and Jesse McReynolds). Raines joined Claire Lynch's popular Front Porch Band, and developed a successful duo with band mate Jim Hurst. A stint with the Brother Boys opened Raines' eyes to the value of spontaneity and immediacy in her musical approach.

Today, Raines is stepping out to make a longtime dream come true; creating a fusing of bluegrass virtuosity, jazz-tinged groove and a song-driven sensibility with a hot band. Missy Raines & the New Hip released their debut release, Inside Out, on Compass Records in February 2009 and are touring full time.

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Dale Rasmussen

Dale Rasmussen is a versatile musician, singer, songwriter and music instructor, based in Vancouver, BC. He's a popular teacher at music camps and colleges in BC, including Georgia Straight Guitar Workshop, BC Bluegrass Workshop, Island Mountain Arts Festival, Capilano College, Vancouver Community College and Douglas College. He receives wonderful reviews for his dedication to students of all levels, and for his ability to create a supportive and challenging learning environment where people feel free to take chances and stretch themselves musically. Skilled as a performer in different genres, including jazz, folk, roots country, western swing and pop, Dale sings and plays various musical instruments as part of a number of ensembles, including the hot western swing band "Sugar Moon," and the popular children's duo "The Buddy System." Dale also freelances as a guitarist, vocalist and keyboard player, and is currently writing songs for two upcoming CD projects.

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Tom Rawson

Tom is a storyteller, song collector, song leader, and unapologetic banjo picker. He performs for audiences of all ages around the Northwest and leads group singing at political and community events. As Hank Cramer says, "Tom is a gregarious 'sing-along' performer much in the style of Pete Seeger." Tom is a retired elementary school teacher now living on Orcas Island. He first attended PSGW in 1984, and has served on the board of directors and as one of the camp coordinators.

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Crystal Reeves

Crystal Reeves has toured both nationally and internationally with a variety of musical groups including The Robin Flower Band, and currently with singer songwriters Judy Fjell, and Alice DiMicele, She has worked as accompanist contributing violin, mandolin, viola and vocals on many recordings by these artists and others. Crystal lives in Medford, Oregon where she performs with the popular bluegrass band Siskiyou Summit. She has her own band called the Crystal Trio and is a member of other local groups. She has been a featured performer with the Ashland Shakespeare Festival and the Oregon Cabaret theatre and teaches private lessons in her Ashland and Medford studios.

Slim Richey

Award-winning jazz guitarist Slim Richey is well known for his classic jazz and swing guitar style. He has played and recorded with jazz players Marc Johnson, David Amram, James Clay, Martin Banks, and Clint Strong. He's the last living lead player to play on the Milton Brown boxed set, and has played with swing players Dan Hicks, Merle Haggard, Red Volkaert, Marty Stuart, Zeke Campbell, Papa Calhoun, Johnny Gimble, and Minnie Moore. He is a well-known and respected jazz guitarist and a gifted teacher. His former students include jazz phenomenon Clint Strong. His clean, well-thought-out method of explaining the secrets of swing soloing allow students to make huge strides in a short period of time. His lessons stress immediate participation for students of all levels. He teaches theory as it applies.

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Terre Roche

Terre Roche is the artist formerly known as "one of The Roches." Along with West African drummer Sidiki Conde and multi-instrumentalist Marlon Cherry, she co-founded the band "Afro-Jersey" whose first CD was released in 2013. In 2008 jazz pianist Garry Dial and Terre released "Us an'Them", a collection of national anthems in collaboration with various musicians from 16 countries all living in New York City at the time. Among other projects of interest, she sangthe role of Squeaky Fromme in John Moran's avant-garde opera "The Manson Family" and is the harrowing voice on the title track of Robert Fripp's groundbreaking album "Exposure". Terre is the author of a memoir entitled "Blabbermouth", self-publishedon April Fool's Day, 2013. Currently she enjoys a flourishing music teaching practice in New York City where for 12 summers running she has led "The Sunset Singing Circle", a popular annual singalong in New York's Battery Park City, sponsored by the Parks Conservancy. Above all, Terre is a folk artist and teacher, with a strong belief that every person has something inside that can be expressed when given a safe environment and nourishing guidance. Her new CD, "Imprint" is poised for release in 2015.

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David Romtvedt

I am a musician and writer. I've worked for many years as the coordinator of the Children's band lab at the Festivalof American Fiddle Tunes. I've also served on the staff at PSGW, at the Sierra Swing Dance Week, and at Dos Encuentros, a festival bringing together traditional musics of Mexico, Canada, and the United States. I live in Buffalo Wyoming and perform dance music of the Americas with the Fireants who have released two cds-- Bury My Clothes and Ants on Ice. I'm interested in both musical sound and the way sounds give meaning to people as individuals and communities. Or maybe that's the way individuals and communities give meaning to sound. I serve as a faculty member in the University of Wyoming's MFA program in Creative writing and in the American Studies program where I teach classes on the role of music in community maintenance among Minority communities in the US. I've written poetry, fiction, and essays. My books include poetry (Moon, How Many Horses, and Certainty), fiction (Free and Compulsory for All and Crossing Wyoming), and nonfiction (Windmill: Essays from Four Mile Ranch). My next book of poetry (Some Church) will be published by Milkweed Editions of Minneapolis in Fall 2005. My favorite number is five and my favorite color is blue. -DR [And David is currently the poet Laureate of Wyoming. -psl]

Sunga Rose

Sunga Rose is the bandleader, vocalist and ukulele-strummer for the 1920s trio Miss Rose & Her Rhythm Percolators. She is also one half of vocal & ukulele duo, The Honeyville Rascals and the founder/director of Ukestra Seattle, a 14-member ukulele orchestra. Sunga picked up her first ukulele 8 years ago and hasn’t put it down since, which makes riding a bicycle somewhat awkward. She has been running her own studio and teaching group ukulele classes and workshops at Dusty Strings in Seattle for six years and is a certified instructor in the James Hill Ukulele in the Classroom teaching method. For more about Sunga and her various and varied musical projects, please visit

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Ivan Rosenberg

Dobro and clawhammer banjo player Ivan Rosenberg has released 4 CDs of mostly-original instrumentals and an instructional DVD. He has taught at the Sore Fingers Week bluegrass workshop in the UK, the British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop, and the California Bluegrass Association music camp. In a Banjo Newsletter review, Donald Nitchie wrote that Ivan's latest CD Clawhammer and Dobro was one of the best instrumental recordings of the year. Ivan has performed and/or recorded with Billy Cardine, Chris Stuart & Backcountry, Chad Manning, Hit & Run, Ben Winship, Mike Grigoni, The Breakmen, and Mighty Squirrel among others. His original music has appeared in several film and television scores including Kangaroo Jack, Deadwood, The Daily Show, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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Gerald Ross

Gerald Ross has delighted audiences with his guitar, steel guitar, and ukulele performances locally and nationally since the early 70s.
He has performed in concert with Bonnie Raitt, Arlo Guthrie, Doc Watson, Johnny Gimble, Vassar Clements, Riders In The Sky, Brownie McGhee, and many other nationally known artists.
His four solo instrumental CDs (you really don't want to hear him sing) feature jazz standards, popular favorites, delta and urban blues, Tin Pan Alley melodies, New Orleans rhythms, and boogie woogie.
Gerald is the winner of the 1993 WEMU Jazz Competition (solo artist category). Other radio work includes appearances on National Public Radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor.
Gerald is the (very recent) winner of the 2009 Hawaii Music Awards (Steel Guitar Category) for his CD 'Ukulele Hit Parade'
When the mood strikes him, he has been known to pick up a mandolin, bass, steel guitar, banjo, harmonica, Cajun accordion, and ukulele. A ukulele is not a toy.

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Tom Rozum

Tom Rozum has been a professional musician for 38 years, playing in bluegrass, country, and western swing bands. For the past 25 years he has toured internationally (over 15 countries) with Laurie Lewis, having played and sung on most of her 15 or so recordings. Their first duet CD was nominated for the "Best Traditional Folk" Grammy. Tom's also a veteran teacher, having taught at such camps as Bluegrass at the Beach, the Rockygrass Academy, Augusta Heritage Workshops, Teluride Bluegrass Academy, California Coast Music Camp, CBA Camp, The Swannanoa Gathering, British Columbia Bluegrass Camp, and others.

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Rhonda Rucker

Rhonda Rucker practiced medicine before becoming a full-time musician, author, and storyteller. She performs with her husband, James "Sparky" Rucker, adding vocals, piano, banjo, blues harmonica, and rhythmic bones to their music. When she first began learning harmonica, Rhonda studied the techniques of Sonny Terry, the renowned blues harp player. She then branched out to other styles. Rhonda has recorded nine albums with her husband, including Treasures and Tears, which was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award. Their music is also on the Grammy-nominated CD, Singing Through the Hard Times. Their album, The Blue & Gray in Black & White, won critical acclaim from historians and Civil War buffs alike. Rhonda has been an author since 1998, publishing articles in newspapers, magazines, and books. Her debut historical novel, Swing Low, Sweet Harriet, was published by Motes Books in 2013. The story is based on Harriet Tubman’s work as a spy and scout during the Civil War when she helped lead African American soldiers on the Combahee River raid in South Carolina. Rhonda has taught classes at Augusta, Common Ground, Summer Acoustic Music Week, Hindman Family Folk Week, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, and Clarion Folk College.

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Sparky Rucker

James "Sparky" Rucker has over forty years of international touring, recording, and teaching experience. He is known as a storyteller, historian, and folk musician. He has taught and led workshops at Augusta, Common Ground, Ashokan, Pinewoods, Summer Acoustic Music Week, Hindman Family Folk Week, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Clarion Folk College, and Wisconsin's String-A-Long Weekend. His performance credits include NPR's On Point, Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and Morning Edition. In his study of the blues, Sparky learned at the feet of such masters as John Jackson, Howard Armstrong, and Babe Stovall. Reverend Pearly Brown, who taught Duane Allman how to play bottleneck-style guitar, showed him some moves. Sparky also picked up pointers from Buddy Moss, who taught Blind Boy Fuller and Johnny Shines, who traveled with blues legend Robert Johnson. Sparky has researched the music of early America, including the vast number of songs that the American Civil War produced. He performs with his wife, Rhonda, and their album, The Blue & Gray in Black and White, won critical acclaim from historians and Civil War buffs alike. Their music is also included on the Grammy-nominated anthology, Singing Through the Hard Times.

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Rick Ruskin

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Rick Ruskin first picked up guitar at age 14. 2 years later he was tapped to be the opening act for the Reverend Gary Davis at the city's legendary Retort Coffee House. A fast and permanent friendship with the master blues, ragtime, and gospel guitarist began and Rev. Davis invited Rick to spend that summer with him at his Long Island home. During this time, Rev. Davis began and continued to push Ruskin into development of his own style. Few would argue with the results of the Reverend's suggestion.
Ruskin has recorded 3 albums for John Fahey's Takoma Records label, 5 CDs for Lion Dog Music, and a variety of session/backup work. He has written articles for "Frets," "Acoustic Guitar," and "Fingerstyle Guitar" magazines. His music is featured in several Mel Bay publications and is currently being used in a variety of television productions airing on PBS, ABC, MTV, NBC, A&E, among others.
Currently residing in Seattle, Washington, Rick divides his professional time between composing, recording, performing, and teaching.

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