Jefferson Hamer live recording from the 2009 Subdued String Band Jamboree

I thought I’d share this link to a recording of a solo-electric show of mine at the Subdued String Band Jamboree in Bellingham, WA in Aug. of 2009. The guitar is a bit low in the mix, but otherwise the quality is pretty good.

Anyone in the Pacific Northwest- or itching for a summer trip to someplace cool, green, and beautiful- should consider a trip to the Jamboree next August. It’s put on by my friend Robert Sarazin Blake, and it’s really a great festival…


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
–Margaret Mead

On a summer’s day in 2001, I was drinking beer with musician friends when someone passionately shouted “Bellingham needs a festival!!” We found the only Saturday none of us had gigs and got to work. None of us wanted to be festival promoters, but we all wanted to play festivals and our telephones weren’t ringing. The original price was $10 ($5 if you were broke). We had 10 bands, ran about an hour and ½ late, the port-o-john overflowed, and after the music was done, we sat around the fire playing songs. Around 150 people attended the first festival. Band members took tickets, hung lights, set up the stage, picked up the trash, and ran a shuttle bus to a parking lot. After the expenses were covered, we split the remainder between the bands.

At our second year, we moved to our current home at the Deming Log Show Fairgrounds. Quaalude County Country Band offered to be our house band at the 3rd annual and played between bands off to the side of the stage. This led to the creation of the Slanted Stage, which now keeps the music rolling non-stop. In our 5th year we added a Friday night line-up and, in doing so, added a second night of campfire sessions. The focus of the line-up and the festival has stayed consistent over the years. The line-up is still local bands with a few blow-ins to kick us in the pants. We now have a campground full of tents, guitars, coolers, and banjos surrounding two stages, creating two nights and a day of pickin’, singin’ and stompin’. -RSB

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