Misty Mamas Home Style Bluegrass
Bluegrass, Oldtime, Gospel, Folk, Country and Original Songs
This band - together since 2007 - has made quite a name for themselves in the Vancouver/Portland acoustic music scene. Collectively, these women have decades of experience playing and singing in harmony. Misty Mamas serve up Home Style Bluegrass filled with powerful harmonies, traditional and original songs, as well as tasty instrumentals, combining the American genres of bluegrass, old time, gospel, folk, and country music. Family friendly, the band can include interactive songs that engage the younger set.
The Misty Mamas are
Carol Harley: vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin
Katherine Nitsch: vocals and guitar
April Parker: vocals, mandolin, accordion
Eileen Rocci: vocals, upright bass
The band got its name from Carol Harley, founding member of the very popular local Americana band, Misty River.
Eager to connect with their audience, the Misty Mamas tailor performances that not only entertain, but educate as well. You might hear historical secrets and local lore woven into the music.
Timeless melodies and heartfelt lyrics are laced tightly together, creating a musical experience rich with history, steeped in tradition, and performed with character and exuberance.
Released March 2009, Misty Mamas, CD, "Wild Rose of the Mountain", genuinely captures the essense of these ladies on stage.
Some Rave Reviews
"Misty Mamas Sweetly heartfelt vocal harmonies are this bluegrass/oldtime string music band's highlight."
Luciana Lopez, Arts & Entertaiment, The Oregonian
"Wild Rose of the Mountain" is an album that could resonate across the country, as all female bands as good as the Misty Mamas, are few and far between. These ladies, like the music they play, are worth celebrating."
Ossie Blandine, Editor The Vancouver Voice.
"The real strengths of this recording are the great sound, well chosen material, terrific vocal harmonies, and sense of humor...This is timeless music that you'll enjoy for a long time."
Jack Bohl, Local Lore, Portland FolkMusic Society
".....one of the most exciting and delightful releases of any bluegrass or folk band in a long time...you can see the Misty Mamas live, and they are just as good as the record...don't listen until you are ready to fall in love."
Katie Naylor, Positively Entertainment
"I love songs that create word images and evoke real feelings, and I especially appreciate fantastic, true to pitch harmonies that tell those stories..."Wild Rose of the Mountain" is one of those CD's that do all of the above...This CD would be a lovely addition to anyone's collection.
Sharon Sandgren, Bluegrass Event Producer
July 2005, Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass Band Contest,
July 2007, Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival, Songwriting Contest,
3rd Place (Katherine Nitch)
A Few of Misty Mamas Noteworthy Performances:
High & Dry Bluegrass Festival, Bend, OR; 2009, 2010, 2013
Winlock Bluegrass Festival, Winlock, Wa; 2009, 2013
Fiddlin' Under The Stars Bluegrass Festival, Goldendale, Wa; 2013
Traditions Cafe Concert - Olympia, WA; 2013
NW Folk Life Festival, Seattle, Wa; 2009, 2013
Great Western Community Concert Series, Auburn and Burien, WA; 2012 -
Opened for Chad & Jeremy
Tygh Valley Bluegrass Festival, Tygh Valley, OR; 2008, 2011, 2012
World Beat Festival, Salem, OR; 2006, 2007, 2012
Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival, Fossil, OR; 2007,2008, 2009, 2012,
Vancouver Parks Esther Short Noon Concerts; 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival, Bainbridge, Island, WA; 2010
Robin Hood Festival, Sherwood, OR; 2009