Blackberry Bushes String Band

The Blackberry Bushes are a Northwest Alt-folk String Band. The Bushes’ innovative acoustic sound draws from the deep roots of American traditional music to create a rich patchwork that shares threads with artists like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Sean Hayes, and Crooked Still. Joyful singing and songwriting are supported by carefully constructed soundscapes that feature virtuosic fiddle.

A longtime Northwest favorite, the band has developed into a national act, with recent tours across the US and Europe. Their live show is joyous and vibrant with an intention to move the audience in their hearts and out of their seats.



The Blackberry Bushes Stringband has that rare magic that allows them to artfully fuse sounds from many genres into a bluegrass instrumentation that retains distinct threads of sonic color. This is a daredevil sound that is delicate,bold, and like their thorny namesake, rooted and growing, growing, growing.

“Their blend of traditional Bluegrass and Folk elements with more contemporary sounds has an appeal not seen since Nickel Creek or The Be Good Tanyas.” ~Joseph Kyle – The Big Takeover

Jes Raymond first started singing in a church children’s choir in her hometown of White River Junction, Vermont. Her parents were avid bluegrass fans, but it was in North Carolina where she was a music major at UNC that she found her own love for the “mountain sound”. She picked up a used guitar, and has followed it wherever it has led. She is the recipient of the Jackstraw Productions Artist Award and the Seattle City Artist Award.
Jakob Breitbach first learned to play the fiddle when he was 3 years old with a paperback copy of “The Hobbit” and a wooden spoon. At 8 years old he was called onstage to play a tune with the grandfather of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. Jakob earned his degree in Jazz Violin from Cornish College of the Arts and continues to study with his mentor Paul Anastasio. In 2008 he toured with The Asylum Street Spankers out of Austin, TX.
Taylor Kent plays bass in multiple folk and jazz groups in Seattle WA, in addition to being a member of both the Spokane and Yakima Symphonies.

The Blackberry Bushes Stringband has performed at The Wintergrass Festival in Bellevue, WA; The Oregon Country Fair; Northwest Folklife; Swallow Hill Music Association, Yosemite’s Strawberry Music Festival, North Carolina’s Shakori Hills Festival, Berkley’s Freight and Salvage and hundreds of other venues across the United States and Europe. It is a rare magic to artfully fuse elements from many genres into a sound that retains distinct threads of sonic color.

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Blackberry Bushes Stringband (Free Show)

Tuesday, July 30 · 8:30 PM at Agave