LIVE: Bearfoot @ Caffe Lena, 1/8/10

January 14th, 2010, 3:30 pm by Greg

The young and vibrant bluegrass outfit Bearfoot rolled into Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs on a cold Friday night in January to light the musical fires for a full-house of music fans.

Originally from Alaska and touting themselves as Bearfoot Bluegrass, the band soon shortened their name, moved to the east coast and a year ago added Nashville-bred fiddler-guitarist-singer-songwriter Odessa Jorgensen to its line-up.

With their combination of silky-smooth vocal harmonies and impeccable ensemble musicianship, Bearfoot sounded something like a cross between the Dixie Chicks and Nickel Creek. Highlights of the evening included a Mike Mickelson-led version of Doc Watson’s chestnut “Deep River Blues” and the vocal interplay between fiddler Angela Oudean, bassist Kate Hamre and Jourgensen on the many selections culled from their 2009 album, “Doors and Windows” (on Compass Records).

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