"Admirable musicianship which is unique, inspiring, and tremendously entertaining! With no exception, this describes the performance of Scratchdog Stringband. The guy with the big bass voice, James Rossi, has a truly blazing talent on the violin and the mandolin, and his enthusiasm on stage is infectious."
-Pam the Wonder Critic, Barnstormers Theatre, Grants Pass, Oregon
"All band members have mastered their instrument brilliantly, and James Rossi is considered one of the best violinists in the Pacific Northwest. In addition, all the musicians of the group sing perfectly, their voices are variant, and therefore the vibrant and honed vocal harmonies of the group cause constant enthusiasm of the public."
-VladNews, Vladivostok, Russia
“Scratchdog Stringband evokes the heart-and-soul of legendary stringbands. Dedicated to the craft, contemporary cool but with an incisive rearview mirror, these three top it off with fantastic vocal prowess that sets listeners back on their heels. I have been watching and waiting years for the next smokin' hot acoustic string ensemble to emerge... and Scratchdog Stringband is it!” -Lisa Lepine ProMotion Queen, creative consultant, Portland, OR
"Scratchdog Stringband is consistently excellent. If everyone who plays music brought this level of dedication and craftsmanship for the love of fun, all doubt that music could save the world would spontaneously evaporate and the world's military powers would bear no grudge as they danced enraptured on dance floor altars erected over the ruins of their de-funded death factories." -Steve Hunter, Bombs Away Cafe, Corvallis, OR
“Scratchdog Stringband has always been consistently high quality in terms of music, people, professionalism, overall vibe, and respect." -Lewi Longmire, Laurelthirst Public House, Portland, OR
“Scratchdog is an accomplished and competently tight modern string band with the classic sound, complimented by the mastery of multi-instrumental musicians that sing and play there asses off!” -Samuel Chapman, DJ at KHUM Coast Community Radio, Astoria, OR
"First time these guys have played here, and the sound right off the bat was great - volume was perfect and they were nice and personal. We absolutely loved them. We definitely want them back!"
- John Mathews, Manager McMenamin's Boon's Treasury
B I O
F I L M
She's Not My Typewriter
The Whistle's Whine
Scratchdog Stringband plays a high-energy, innovative brand of bluegrass that satisfies both old-school traditionalists and newcomers to the genre. Some of the hardest working young musicians in the Pacific Northwest, the Portland-based ensemble has blazed through over three-hundred shows in the last two years, entertaining audiences with their rich harmonies, lush fiddle lines and break-neck banjo picking. But the Scratchdogs aren't ever married to their instruments, seamlessly passing around the upright bass, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and banjos while trading lead vocals. Their live shows feature lightning-fast rippers sung of murder and ruin, swaggering tongue-in-cheek country tunes as well as heartbreaking ballads of love and loss. Each member sings lead to their original compositions and with voices highly unique to each other, the quartet expertly blends them into resonant four-part harmonies.
James Rossi is both one of the best fiddle players in the northwest as well as one of it's most distinctive voices. His booming bass register is unmistakable, and unforgettable. Andrew DeRossett's honed technical finesse and intuitive improvisational skills on guitar and tenor banjo effortlessly transition between the band's rhythmic backbone and front man flat-picker. Max Countryman-Skewes plays a furious Scruggs-style banjo and his compositions have pushed back on the traditional notions of bluegrass songwriting; his poetic lyrical style on morose topics give a distinctly "darker hue of bluegrass" feel to the band. Steve Eggers's soaring tenor voice captivates audiences with its unique timbre and his deeply expressive performances, as he picks, strums and plucks any instrument he can find on stage.
In May of 2019, the four members of Scratchdog Stringband organized the third-annual Bridgetown Bluegrass Festival, hosting fifteen bands on two stages for a day of music and taking the lead in Portland at bringing the Bluegrass community together. Scratchdog's sound has been explored through tens of thousands of miles on the road and on stages shared with bands like Brothers Comatose, Eight Dollar Mountain, Cascade Crescendo, Alder Street and Yonder Mountain String Band, and is captured in their 2017 releases, the full length "Scratchdog Saloon” and EP "The Licklog Disputes."
The boys will continue their year-round tours of the Pacific Northwest, the United States and beyond, entertaining audiences and spreading the boot-stomping good times of the old school country ramblers, while maintaining and embellishing their tight-grooving, ear-catching melodic sensibility. Constantly finding new ways to incorporate their diverse musical experience and passion, Scratchdog Stringband's high-energy original tunes, songs and ballads are sure to please a wide spectrum of audiences with their intelligent lyrics and highly technical sound that is also upbeat, danceable, and approachable.
The Whistle's Whine
A U D I O
4 - Vocal Mics
1 - Instrument Mic
4 - DI's (Band will provide two, need 48v)
All four members switch instruments. All sing leads and harmonies. Instrument mic will primarily be on Stage Right between banjo and fiddle. Guitar and bass will switch the most. Balance monitor mix unless separate mixes are available. If available sound check mix will be best.
S C R A T C H D O G S :
Andrew DeRossett: Guitar/Banjo/Bass/Mandolin
James Rossi: Fiddle/Guitar/Mandolin
Maxwell Countryman Skews: Banjo/Mandolin/Bass
Stephen Eggers: Bass/Guitar/Mandolin