‘Free Range’ Brings Bluegrass to Say Ciao!
August 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free Range formed in 2012 with the goal of playing farmers markets. Since its formation, the band has played for community fairs, at weddings, bluegrass concerts and local restaurants — and yes, at many farmers markets.
Matt Snook plays dobro and banjo with Free Range. He also sings leads and harmonies, contributes original songs, and is responsible for a lot of deadpanned one-liners.
Matt’s originally from Southern Oregon and lived in La Grande, Oregon for many years before relocating to the Willamette Valley. He knows an awful lot about frogs, salamanders, fish and the geography of Oregon. On the other hand, he probably couldn’t tell you who Beyonce is.
Matt’s been playing banjo and dobro since his early teens and has performed in many ensembles. In addition to Free Range, he plays with SugarPine, Mischief, and Slipshod. He teaches banjo and dobro in Northeast Portland and writes a quarterly music theory column for the Oregon Bluegrass Express.
Claire Levine sings leads and harmonies with Free Range and plays guitar and banjo. By day she’s a writer and internal communications specialist, and she can get wonky about a lot of esoteric public policy subjects, so don’t get her going on them. She’s originally from the Midwest and upon hearing her sing a listener dubbed her “the Okie from Skokie.” (Sincere apologies to Merle Haggard.)
Claire has been jamming with bluegrass musicians since her college days and likes to sing about as well as do anything except eat. She is a regular contributor to the Oregon Bluegrass Express, and her interviews with musicians have been published in Bluegrass Unlimited and No Depression.