Over the last few years Sugarcane has evolved into one of the top Bluegrass Rock bands on the West Coast and is showing no signs of slowing down. A sweet mix of Country, Caribbean, Blues and Bluegrass; the band can move both ass and mind.
Sugarcane is led by the soulful, powerful, and charismatic singer/songwriter Russel James who has toured the byways of the United States for the last 17 years. "Big E," as Russel is lovingly nicknamed, is an Indiana-grown songwriting prodigy who gives the band a "Country Gentleman" touch. Holding down the beats are Justin Fulbright on the Drums, and Josh Casey on Bass. When you put the two of them together you get an unstoppable force that drives a dancefloor all on it's own. On the Acoustic Guitar is the uber-talented Stefan Andrews. Reminiscent of Rick Danko but with a bluegrass flair, Stefan has a compelling voice and is also a principal songwriter for the group. On Mandolin is Derek Hofbauer, a powerful player whose personality gives the band a comedic and entertaining edge. Derek is truly one of a kind. Rounding out the band is Noah Bell on lead Guitar. Hailing from Springfield, Missouri, Noah is one of Portland's finest guitarists and amazes audiences with his skill and technical prowess whether with the slide, acoustic, or one of his many Telecasters. To sum up, Sugarcane is a fine group of gentlemen and a damn good band. Come see and hear for yourself!