Finalists

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Blackberry Bushes Stringband

The classically trained Blackberry Bushes Stringband brings a distinctive brand of Americana to FreshGrass all the way from Seattle, Washington. The band’s classical roots shine through, with elements of jazz and pop songwriting, anchored by fiddler Jakob Breitbach’s prestige. Blackberry Bushes maintains an active touring and recording schedule, with a debut record scheduled for release on August 28.

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Max Wareham & the Morning Bugle

Some of the finest instrumentalists to emerge from Berklee School of Music in the last few years have assembled behind frontman Max Wareham to form Max Wareham & the Morning Bugle. With crystal-clear harmonies and a rough-around-the-edges flair, this quintet will be fresh off its first national tour when it blows through FreshGrass.

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Mile Twelve

Tony Trischka says, “Mile Twelve is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity.” Each element of this quartet is absolutely top-shelf, but its most remarkable trait is its unity of sound, drawing equally from jazz, bluegrass, and even old-time swing music. Fans of The Seldom Scene and Johnson Mountain Boys race toward Mile Twelve.

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Old Salt Union

Old Salt Union finds influence in the bluegrass roots of the Del McCoury Band and Sam Bush, while stretching the boundaries of traditional bluegrass music by incorporating in-depth musical arrangements, catchy hooks, and an uncanny pop sensibility. The band has the STL Riverfront Times “Best Bluegrass Band” in 2013 and “Best Country Band” in 2014, all while traveling the country.

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Stash Wyslouch Stringband

Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in the sounds and structures of roots music, forming The Deadly Gentlemen (a FreshGrass 2013 alum) to release an acclaimed debut on Rounder Records. Here he appears with his brand new quartet, Stash Wyslouch Stringband, featuring a who’s-who of players from around the Northeast.