Norm Olsen – Guitar, Vocals
Norm is one of the foremost bluegrass guitar players and singers in the genre today. His passionate and soulful voice brings a powerful vocal dynamic to the band. Norm’s prevailing rhythm guitar and energetic guitar solos emulate some of bluegrass flatpicking’s finest influences, such as Doc Watson, Bryan Sutton, and Tony Rice. When he isn’t playing music, Norm operates his family oyster farm in South Bend, WA.
Zach Top – Mandolin, Vocals
It is rare to come across a musician who just lights up a stage and awes the crowd you with their talent. Fortunately for North Country, Zach is one of these people. Zach grew up playing guitar and singing with his family band Topstring. Zach was heavily influenced by country artists like George Strait, Merle Haggard, and Brooks and Dunn – you sure can see their influences in his music. Zach is currently pursuing his engineering degree at the University of Colorado.
Kent Powell – Bass, Vocals
Kent is a true veteran to the Northwest Bluegrass scene and brings his experience to North Country. He was previously a member in some of the most popular Northwest bluegrass bands, including Crossfire and Runaway train. Kent’s rock solid bass playing is the backbone of the band’s sound and can sing any part needed. Kent makes his home in Tacoma, Washington.
Will McSeveney – Banjo
It’s hard to be considered bluegrass without the presence of Scruggs Style 5 string banjo. Fortunately, Will delivers just that to North Country. Will is one of the most prominent banjo players, young or old in the Northwest bluegrass scene today. Will’s powerful command of the instrument, and awareness of timing and taste have made him a valuable asset to North Country. Will, along with Zach, focuses on writing original material for the band. Will is a native of Bellevue, WA and graduated from Bellevue High School.
Michael Kilby – Dobro, Fiddle, Vocals
Michael is an up and coming multi-instrumental star in the bluegrass scene. In 2014, Michael was featured at the International Bluegrass Music Award show in Raleigh, North Carolina, as part of the “Youth All Star” band, which consists of hand selected youths who have a bright future in bluegrass music. Michael, from Squamish, B.C., provides both fiddle and dobro services to the band. When he is not playing music, Michael is a heavy truck mechanic.
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