It's been a memorable year, and we want to close it out in a big way before we up the ante in 2015!

First things first - we'd like to see White Horse voted one of the Top Ten Northwest Albums of 2014 in the Northwest Music Scene readers' poll! If you agree, it takes only three clicks to vote! You can find our name waaaay at the bottom of the list. Voting closes December 12th! Thanks!

Closing out 2014, we've added a new December show, at Robin Hood Pub (December 20). Looking forward, we've got a run of Tacoma shows to start out the new year, and we'll be joining The Student Loan Stringband (February 28) and Hillstomp (March 21) back home at Rhythm and Rye! And biggest of all, The Oly Mountain Boys and the Pine Hearts are teaming up to bring some of the biggest names in the West Coast stringband scene to the Prosperity Grange Hall in Oly for a two-day Steamboat Stringband Jamboree (May 8-9)! We're looking for sponsors to help fund the event - contact us if interested! 

Happy holidays, see you in the new year, and as always, thanks for your support!

It's been a whirlwind White Horse release month, and it culminated with a great Artswalk show at Rhythm and Rye. Meanwhile, White Horse reviews are turning up in our hometown South Sound Weekly Volcano and as far off as the UK's Folkwords! More to come!

We've got great shows coming up, some in familiar places and some brand new! Like this Friday (November 7th), when we start the night at Cassava in Longview for First Friday Music, and end by closing the show at ol' Rhythm and Rye with The Lowest Pair and The Love and Stress Compound! We're also honored to be a involved in some great happenings in the South Sound community this coming month. For Veteran's Day (November 11th), we'll join the celebration of the 125th anniversary of Washington's statehood at the Washington State Capitol by performing one of Washington's state songs, "Roll on Columbia!" And on November 15th, we get to be part of the opening of the Tacoma Art Museum's "Go West" exhibit!

Keep an eye on the shows page for more!

P.S. Are you kicking yourself for not getting your hands on an Oly Mountain Boys t-shirt during our Kickstarter campaign? Good news - a few extras in limited sizes are available through our Bandcamp page! Once they're gone they're gone, so grab one now! And perhaps a copy of White Horse to give as a gift...


A short and sweet update!

White Horse has been released!

Read about it on Foxbeard Music! Or No Depression! Or Prescription Bluegrass!

Order the box set on CDBaby! Download it on iTunes! Stream it on Spotify or Soundcloud!


Thank you to each and every one of you who backed us on Kickstarter, have encouraged us over the last year of making this very special album, and who attended our very special pre-release concert and reading with the Washington State Historical Society! More shows still to come!


It's finally real - and in our hands! (Thanks to you!)

We spent our Labor Day weekend signing and shipping over 150 box sets to our Kickstarter backers. And so far they like what they hear! We've heard lots of compliments about the music and the accompanying written material. Now we're getting ready to release it all to the rest of the world.

White Horse will be available to buy on our website through CDBaby on September 25th. Between now and then, we'll be working with Sue DuMond to get White Horse out folk and roots DJs, reviewers, and YOUR favorite radio station - let your favorite bluegrass DJ know they should request a copy from us!


The Oly Mountain Boys think you could all use a little good news today.

White Horse is OFF TO PRINT! We'll have it soon, and so will you!

We've seen some proofs that have us convinced that this album is going to look (and sound) really amazing. Combining some hard driving original bluegrass with some amazing writing, beautiful art, and the graphics work of Euphoria Tea Productions... well, let's just say we think you're going to like what you see. We're excited to announce also that we've signed on with Sue DuMond to help us get the word out about it.

We're going to have a series of shows in September and October to celebrate our new release. On September 20th, we'll be partnering with the Washington State Historical Society for a grange-style White Horse event that celebrates the pieces of Washington history that inspire the backdrop for this album. On October 2nd, we'll have a web concert through ConcertWindow for you far-flung OMB fans! And on October 4th, we'll party down at Rhythm and Rye on Artswalk with The Hollerbodies of Portland and the Warren G. Hardings from Seattle!

But if you can't wait that long, find us sooner - like this week!

Man, we've been busy this month! After hangin with the Steep Canyon Rangers, we hit up Centralia and Tacoma, jammed all night long in Goldendale, and had three great shows (including one amazing house concert) up by Bellingham! We can't wait to go back!

As for White Horse: The layout of our 64-page booklet containing all the song lyrics, stories, photos, and art that make up the album is taking some time to get just right. But we're close, and we're going to send it off this week to get made! We expect to have them in hand by the second week of July.

Between now and then, come see us play!

Jun 14 Percival Landing Park, Olympia WA, 11am-12pm. The P.S. I Love You Fest is a great chance to see the band, bring the kids, and learn about our beautiful environment!
Jun 20 Alderbrook Resort, Union WA
Jun 21 The Spar, Tacoma WA
Jun 28 Wiggle in the Wetlands, Olympia WA
July 10 House Concert, Hoodsport WA

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Artswalk at Rhythm & Rye was a great success - thanks Andy, and thanks Blackberry Bushes! And we're still enjoying introducing more and more people to songs from our soon-to-be-released bluegrass concept album White Horse! Work continues on graphic design, t shirts will be printed this week, and White Horse should be available to all our lovely Kickstarter backers by June!

Now a public service announcement...

(P.S. - Are you a Pandora listener? Check out the new Oly Mountain Boys Radio!)

We've been hard at work since our successful Kickstarter campaign came to a close. The contributions of our friends, family, and fans made sure that this bluegrass concept album of ours will come together exactly as we envisioned it. Here's where we're at:

- All 18 tracks that make up White Horse are mixed and mastered.
- We've received all the writing contributions, obtained licenses for the historical photos, and received 5 paintings that will be featured in the booklet that tells Charlie's life story.
- We've begun graphic design layout with Euphoria Tea Productions.
- We're getting ready to print t-shirts!

If you pledged, make sure to check your inbox or login to Kickstarter and respond to the backer survey sent last week. This is how we'll collect the information we need to get you your rewards!

We were honored to be a part of what became the opening show at an exciting new Olympia music venue, Rhythm and Rye! With the help of Hillstomp, the place was packed on opening night (unfortunately for the dozens of people who couldn't make it in the door!) Formerly the Royal Lounge, Rhythm and Rye will be hosting a full variety of high quality music nearly every night of the week, so go and check it out! And especially make sure to be there on Artswalk Saturday (April 26th), when we'll be bringing nonstop bluegrass all night with the help of the Blackberry Bushes!

Another exciting new venue for us - Jeremy's Farm to Table in Chehalis! They're hosting a lot of great bands, and we'll be there April 12th!

Let bluegrass lovers far and wide know - we'll be on KAOS Radio on April 10th from 6-8pm in support of their pledge drive! You can listen online at: 

YOU DID IT!!! You funded "White Horse"!

THANK YOU to every single one of you who backed us over the last 3 weeks! We are really excited to be able to bring this project to you. We're going to have a great time putting the finishing touches on the music, writing, design, and layout over the next few weeks. We can't wait to have it in our hands and tie everything up in a package meant for each of you.

JUST TWO WEEKS remain to pledge to our Kickstarter campaign! We've raised over $4000 now and we're halfway to our goal. We are thrilled with all the interest, and grateful to each one of you that's pledged! But we need to keep up the same momentum or better in the second half. If you haven't pledged yet, we want you to be part of this project! Without you, "White Horse" doesn't get made!

We were fortunate to get to spend the first few days of our campaign making music in California, and we had a great time! We had six hugely successful shows, shared the stage with (and enjoyed the hospitality of) some great musicians like Eight Dollar Mountain (who just finished their own successful Kickstarter campaign!), Windy Hill, David Thom, and Scott Gates. California treated us right for sure. And we got some great video - if you're still on the fence about pledging to support White Horse, watch this clip that features one of our favorite tunes from the album, performed at our Saturday night show at Castoro Cellars in Templeton!


One of our favorite aspects of this album is the chance to give a platform to writers and artists to further the story of Charlie McCarver. Some of you may be curious about the contributions that we're getting and how they'll work into the album. We're pleased by what we've seen, and we like the way the material works to deepen the story of the character we created in our songs. We decided to let you in on a taste! We think it'll get you interested in having a copy of White Horse when it's all said and done. And maybe you want to throw in an Oly Mountain Boys t-shirt or a house concert while you're at it...



  • May 30
    6th Annual Steamboat Jamboree,  Olympia
  • Sep 4
    Olympia Harbor Days,  Olympia
  • Nov 20
    Black Lake Elementary School,  Tumwater


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