Arbielle and the Winkin’ Wandas:
Rachel Byron-Law – Piano, Vocals, Guitar, Banjolele, and Songwriting.
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Bio: Rachel, aka RBL, aka Arbielle, is so honored to collaborate with the incredibly talented musician firiends appearing on this page!
Katie Fitzgerald – Vocals, Guitar, Banjolele.
Hometown: Menlo Park, California
Bio: Katie and Rachel first met a few summers ago leading kayak trips in the beautiful San Juan Islands, and it was love at first song. Their first collaborations were strumming guitars by campfire-light and singing as they paddled the Salish Sea. A songwriter in her own right, Katie joined Rachel to add beautiful harmonies to the new album, and to collaborate for their first tour, back in February of 2012, which took the then duo from Orcas Island down to San Francisco. Since then, their harmonies have only grown closer, through three tours and many more stages in Portland and towns across the West. When she isn’t touring, Katie can be found teaching, cooking, kayaking, reading intense papers about cognitive science, and playing her own sweet songs to adoring fans from Portland to the Bay Area.
Jessica Tucker – Vocals, percussion.
Hometown: La Mirada, California
Bio: Jessica “aggressively awesome” Tucker grew up making music. Born to two singer/accordion-players, it was, in fact, an enforced family rule that if one person was singing a song in a room and another person entered, they were only allowed to either sing the same song, or not sing at all. Jessica, it seems, always chose to sing. Jess and Rachel met through their church home community, and became fast friends, and eventually, singing partners. Jessica joining the band elevated Arbielle’s harmonies more than three-fold, earning the trio the nickname “The Winkin’ Wandas,” after their beloved heroines of women singing folk songs, The Wailin Jenny’s.
We are so grateful to the musican friend below who joined us for the recording of our inaugural album, “Roots Grow Deep.”
Hometown: Sisters, Oregon
Bio: Brent has over 20 years of experience in the music and recording industry. An eclectic background as a multi-instrumental studio musician, songwriter, performing artist, and recording engineer has given Brent an expansive musical knowledge. As the studio engineer at Echo Ridge Music, he joyfully fuses his considerable musical talent with cutting-edge recording technology and equipment. The result is simply heaven for the ears. Beyond his expertise in producing, Brent is also a veteran musician. The sheer number of instruments he has befriended is indicative of a musician capable of a surprising number of musical styles. From rootsy, luminescent acoustic journeys to funky, gutsy, electric soul-jams he sews up the divide between illusion and truth. Visit the studio at www.echoridgemusic.com and his musical world at www.brentalanmusic.com
Chris Kokesh – Fiddle
Hometown: Portland, OR
Bio: With the inception of the band Misty River in 1997, Chris Kokesh became a distinctive voice on the Northwest music scene. With the 2010 release of her solo CD October Valentine her stunning songwriting, crystalline vocals, tasty fiddle and solid guitar have distinguished her as a stand-alone talent.
Veteran of stages including the Strawberry Music Festival (CA), the Walnut Valley Festival (KS), Sisters Folk Festival (OR), and Wintergrass (WA), Kokesh helped create Northwest favorite Misty River’s signature vocal blend and modern folk style. After 12 years of touring, Kokesh set out to find her own voice. Onstage Kokesh brings songs to life with a transparency that draws audiences in. She reveals the inner workings of her heart with grace and humor. She is real. Visit www.chriskokesh.com.
Hometown: Eugene, Oregon
Bio: Picture a home-body with an ever-present wanderlust, an introvert with a passion for performing, a creative free-spirit with enough discipline to rework her dream year after year, calloused little hands and a big pile of curly hair…and you’ve got Beth Wood, modern-day troubadour. When Beth is not writing and touring around the country playing clubs, festivals, and house concerts, she still occasionally finds the time to bake and ride horses. Visit www.bethwoodmusic.com.