Bluegrass-folk quartet Kristen Grainger & True North is a powerhouse of intelligent, memorable songs, and lush instrumental and vocal performances, with the crazy-good picking and harmonies of a band deeply rooted in traditional folk and bluegrass genres.
Fronted by award-winning singer-songwriters Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel, True North is rounded out with two rising bluegrass stars, Martin Stevens and Josh Adkins.
Grainger is making a name for herself in song craft, winning the 2019 NW Roots Songwriting Contest and the 2018 Wildflower Performing Songwriter competition in Dallas, Texas, and collecting accolades and awards at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Merlefest, and Kerrville Folk Festival songwriting competitions. Her song, Be Here Now, was the 2015 IMEA Folk Song of the Year. The band’s most recent project, Open Road, Broken Heart, debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ charts in January 2018 and stayed in the top 25 all year. Their 2014 release, Elsebound, spent 25 weeks on the Roots Music Report’s top ten (national folk charts) and was the number 7 folk album of the year.
On stage, True North exemplifies the most compelling aspects of live acoustic roots music: Storied songwriting, mad instrumental skills and 3- and 4-part vocal harmonies.