True North is:

Kristen Grainger

Vocals

Dan Wetzel

Guitar, Resonator Guitar, Mandolin, Octave Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele, Vocals

Martin Stevens

Mandolin, Fiddle, Octave Mandolin, Vocals

Josh Adkins

Upright Bass, Vocals

“True North play tunes so smooth they bring to mind bluegrass-pop artists like Alison Krauss and Union Station, as well as old country legends like Hank Williams, Sr.”
Kim Ruehl
West Coast Performer, No Depression

The Americana Quartet

KRISTEN GRAINGER & TRUE NORTH are a powerhouse of original songs, lush vocals and crazy-good instrumentalists putting their own fresh twist on American roots music.

Fronted by singer-songwriter Kristen Grainger, the band is comprised of multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Dan Wetzel and Pacific Northwest bluegrass superstars Martin Stevens (mandolin, octave mandolin, fiddle, vocals) and Josh Adkins (upright bass, vocals), both formerly of the Bluegrass Regulators.

Kristen Grainger is making a name for herself as a crafter of great songs, collecting accolades and awards at national songwriting contests at Telluride Bluegrass Festival (CO), Wildflower Arts & Music Festival (TX), IMEA (GA), Merlefest (NC), Kerrville (TX) and, together with Dan Wetzel, Wintergrass (WA). She recently won the 2019 Local Roots Northwest songwriting competition (Portland, OR).

The band’s newest project, Open Road, Broken Heart, debuted at #1 in 2018 on the folk DJ charts for national radio airplay and stayed in the Roots Music Report’s top 25 all year. Their 2014 release, Elsebound, spent 25 weeks in the top 10 and was the 7th most-aired folk album of 2015.

On stage, the band deftly delivers the mind-blowing harmonies and mad instrumentals of a band deeply rooted in traditional folk and bluegrass genres. As Folk World (UK) put it, “What comes over loud and clear is that one is in the presence of some seriously talented musicians.”

Honors & Awards

Winner, 2019 Local Roots NW Songwriting Contest
Portland, OR:
Dark Horse Bar & Grill (K. Grainger)

Winner, 2018 Wildflower Arts & Music Festival Performing Songwriter Contest
Richardson, Texas:
One-Way Ticket (K. Grainger)
Ratio of Angels to Demons (K. Grainger)

Album debuted at #1 on national folk music charts
January 2018:
Open Road Broken Heart

Film soundtrack
The Danish Boy, 2018:
Birds Like Me (K. Grainger)

2016 MerleFest
Songwriting competition (2nd place/folk):
Doris Dean (K. Grainger)

2015 IMEA Folk Song of the Year:
Be Here Now (K. Grainger)

7th most-aired folk album in 2015
(Elsebound):
Roots Music Report

Finalist, 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival songwriting contest:
Doris Dean (K. Grainger)

Winner, 2010 Wintergrass song contest:
Hard Place to Suffer and That Really Gets Me Down (K. Grainger, D. Wetzel)

Finalist, 2008 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk songwriting contest:
Limbo (D. Wetzel/K. Grainger)
Doris Dean (K. Grainger)