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Folk-band Bearfoot brings bright spot to Palouse
Published 2/6/2013 6:00:00 AM
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Bearfoot is a breath of fresh air for the gray winter weather of Pullman, said Gail Siegel, director of WSU performing arts.

Angela Oudean, fiddle player for Bearfoot, said the band started in 1999 as Bearfoot Bluegrass in Anchorage, Alas. But they wanted to do something different than traditional bluegrass.

“We realized that we were really not a traditional bluegrass band,” she said. “We were more of a combo of many American Roots musics. Folk, blues, country, old time and swing, as well as bluegrass.”

Music brought together the band members while in Alaska. After winning the Telluride Band competition, Bearfoot decided to tour the country, Oudean said.

Megan McCormick plays acoustic and electric guitar, Todd Grebe plays acoustic guitar, Jason Norris plays mandolin and fiddle, and Mike Bub plays bass.

McCormick is the lead singer and Grebe, Norris and Oudean sing along. McCormick and Grebe write the music that's performed, Oudean said.

“We are all just music lovers, and we have a passion for listening to music,” she said. “The bands that we listen to inspire us to play. You can meet up with people from all over the world who play bluegrass and they know the same songs as you, so (you) can sit down in a jam with someone who may not even speak your own language, and make music with them. It's an awesome thing.”

Siegel said she fell in love with the band's vocals the first time she heard them.

“They're young, they're fresh, they're fantastic musicians,” she said. “They also do Appalachian flat-foot dancing. I think people will have trouble staying in their seats.”

Oudean said she never imagined the band getting as far as they have, but their teenage dreams helped them get through the tougher times.

“When you're a teenager, you have teenager dreams of what it is to be a pro musician,” she said.

Tomorrow's performance is part of a series with an emphasis on world and American roots, Siegel said.

The band will play at Jones Theater in Daggy Hall tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors and $10 for students and youths.

For more information about the concert, check out the WSU Performing Arts website.

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