Alder Street is boot-stompin’, gritty, and bourbon flavored. The band draws its inspiration from a variety of sources, evinced by cover songs ranging from Iron Maiden to Bill Monroe, and original tunes that break the mold of traditional bluegrass, infusing an edge some define as:
“thug grass, punky tonk, or folk rock” (Eugene Weekly)
The band first formed for a benefit show from a hodgepodge of musicians living in Eugene’s infamous Campbell Club Cooperative on Alder Street.
“The very conception of the group was an organic process” (Eugene Daily Emerald)
Two albums, one national tour, and seven years later, Alder Street is still going strong. The line-up consists of Chris Kelley (banjo), Jesse Lawton (mandolin), Aaron Nelson, (bass), Ian Royer (guitar), Emily West (drums) and Jake Beckwith (fiddle).
With a third album on the way, and an ever-growing fan base, Alder Street has expanded from its Eugene stomping grounds to reach the wider Cascadian Region, and beyond.