Though a native to Washington’s Orcas Island and a current Portland resident, Caleb Klauder is no stranger to roots music, having lived and even taken his first steps in the South. With the Foghorn Stringband (now the Foghorn Duo, with Sammy Lind), Klauder has explored the traditions and complexity of American folk music as the performing members, sometimes filling up the stage, gather around a single microphone to play in balanced unison. No Auto-Tune here, no sir! With his “Country Band,” Caleb Klauder plays the “people’s music,” focusing on the sounds of un-amplified instruments including the mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar, and pedal steel, while drawing inspiration from the Louvin Brothers, the Carter Family, and earlier purveyors of the western style.
Recently appearing as a guest on The Roadhouse with Greg Vandy, Caleb Klauder brought not only his Country Band — consisting of Caleb on guitar, mandolin and vocals, Stephen “Sammy” Lind on fiddle, Sophie Vitells on fiddle and vocals, Paul Brainard on pedal steel, Jesse Emerson on bass, and Ned Folkerth on drums — but he was also joined by very special guests Joel Savoy and Jesse Lege, who on fiddle and accordion respectively performed traditional Cajun tunes with the band. Check out their amazing performance here: