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Chasing Blue / Bio

Chasing Blue: Fresh Bluegrass

Chasing Blue is a hard-driving bluegrass band made up of young talented musicians who have experience in blues, funk, rock, jazz, Texas swing and traditional Canadian fiddle tunes, so they bring these flavors to the Chasing Blue sound. Original material includes strong instrumentals, and memorable songs with honest lyrical ideas. Their bluegrass influences include the Alison Krauss & Union Station, Punch Brothers, Gillian Welch, Red Stick Ramblers, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Lonesome River Band, Tim O’Brien, and The Infamous Stringdusters.

Members of Chasing Blue met in a Berklee College of Music bluegrass ensemble in the fall of 2008. After a successful end-of-semester-performance, appearing as “Slim Wallet and the No Dough Boys,” the band decided to change names and continue picking together. Now graduated, Chasing Blue continues to play an energetic mix of original and traditional material with unique arrangements and foot-stomping style.

These amazing musicians were tapped to headline the Laurie Blue Bluegrass Festival in (Summerside, PEI, Canada) were also a main stage artist for Worcester, MA’s stART on the Street Festival. They were showcased at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fan Fest for three years. Plus, the band made the finals in the 2013 Freshgrass Festival (MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA).

They have played the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival (Framingham, MA), Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (Oak Hill, NY), Lyons Fiddle Fest (Lyons, PA), Down East Country Fest (Whitneyville, ME), Pocono Winterfest (Stroudsburg, PA), Podunk Music Festival (East Hartford, CT), Bluegrass on the Bogs Festival (Wareham, MA), Ossipee Valley Music Festival (S. Hiram, ME). Saddleback Mountain Bluegrass Festival (Saddleback, ME), SouthField Fall Festival (Weymouth, MA), American Music and Harvest Festival (Newbury, MA), Strawberry Festival (South Hamilton, MA), Highfield Hall Bluegrass Festival (Falmouth, MA), RondeauFest (Long Lake, NY), Traveling Man Bluegrass Festival (Tappan, NY), and the Mountain View Bluegrass Festival (Mountain View, AR).

In addition to festivals, Chasing Blue has played numerous venues such as the Station Inn, Mad Donna's Music Loft, and the Nashville Convention Center (Nashville, TN), Saxon Pub, Continental Club, Threadgill’s, Scoot Inn, Opal Divine's, Lambert's, Botticelli's, MOMO's, Fiddler's Green, and Patsy’s Cowgirl Cafe (Austin, TX), Salt Lick (Driftwood, TX), Poodies Hilltop Roadhouse (Spicewood, TX), the Cantab Lounge, Club Passim, Lizard Lounge, Oberon, All Asia, and Toad (Cambridge MA), the Church and Middle East Downstairs (Boston, MA), Grumpy's Pub (Falmouth MA), Museum of our National Heritage (Lexington, MA), Athol/Orange Elks Hall (Orange, MA), Thirty-One Main (Ayer, MA), Nick-a-Nees Bluegrass Throwdown and Lola's (Providence, RI), the Firebox (Hartford, CT), Johnny D's and Sally O'Brien's (Somerville, MA), Blue Moon Coffeehouse (Rockland, MA), Empire Dine & Dance (Portland, ME), Isis Restaurant and Music Hall (Asheville, NC). Pickin' Porch (Bristol, TN), Plain Folk Cafe (Pleasant Plain, OH), Miami Hamilton Downtown (Hamilton, OH), Flatland Bluegrass Barn (West College Corner, IN), the Purple Fiddle (Thomas, WV), and the Music Barn (Middle Sackville, PEI, Canada).

Chasing Blue's first full-length album, "Low Valley," is now available online:

General Info

Band Members
Suzanne Oleson - vocals/mandolin, Michael Reese - vocals/guitar, Maggie MacKay - banjo, Alex Muri - vocals/bass, Danny Musher - fiddle
Artist Name
Chasing Blue
Profile Page
Active Since
Folk / Bluegrass / Americana

Contact Info

Boston, MA
Maggie MacKay

Similar Artists

  • Alison Krauss & Union Station
  • Punch Brothers
  • Gillian Welch
  • Red Stick Ramblers