The music of The Foghorn Stringband today revolves around four master musicians; Portland, Oregon-based Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle), Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar), Quebec-based Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) and Stephen 'Sammy' Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo). Each member of the band comes not only from a different part of the American roots music spectrum, but leads the pack in their field as well. Caleb Klauder's wistful, keening vocals and rapid-fire mandolin picking are as influenced by Southern roots music as much as by his upbringing in Washington State. Also from Washington, Reeb Willms grew up in the state's Eastern farmlands singing hard-bitten honky-tonk with her family. Nadine Landry's roots lie in the rural backgrouds of Acadian Quebec, but she cut her teeth as one of the best bluegrass bassists in Western Canada. Mnnesotan Sammy Lind, simply put, is one of the best old-time fiddlers of his generation and has a voice that sounds like it's coming straight from an old 78!
“Face it people - there’s Foghorn…and then there’s everybody else.” -Stuart Mason - The Fiddlefreak.
“All they have to do is play, and the power surges straight through your own chest. They let their own musicality and the tunes speak for themselves.” “There's an honesty to this music....It's pure and simple, ingredients that often go missing in this day and age. It just makes you want to get up and dance.” “If the band has one goal, it's to get gritty, but in Foghorn's case, "gritty" does not mean rough or scratchy or untogether. It means with a huge wave of old-time noise bearing down.” “Foghorn Stringband makes the music their own with instrumental virtuosity and intense dedication to the sources.” -Old Time Herald
“Portland’s Foghorn String Band stands at the top of today’s vibrant old-time music revival and a fine example of what an unending revival it is. Each album finds them deeper into the tradition, more familiar with the rich resources of roots music, and more focused, but still propelled by that undercurrent of punk energy.” ---Art Menius, WMMT
“...the quartet is among the finest practitioners of American old-time music on the globe, a string band whose faithful renditions of songs from bygone decades are no less than living, breathing history. That's not to say they play museum pieces; Foghorn's remarkable achievement is in making these careworn tunes sound vital, present, and fully relevant. In a town that's riddled with whimsical throwbacks to old-timey fetishes, Foghorn Stringband remain absolutely authentic and without discernible gimmick. -Ned Lannamann, The Portland Mercury