Tucked away in the cool mountains of North Plains, Oregon, Horning’s Hideout provided the perfect scenic escape for a weekend of bluegrass euphoria at the 15th annual Northwest String Summit, hosted by Nederland, Colorado’s Yonder Mountain String Band.
They may be called the Lil Smokies, but this five-piece newgrass outfit from Missoula, Montana, is anything but. Led by dobro wizard Andy Dunnigan, the group has taken off in the past year after winning the band competition at the prestigious Telluride bluegrass festival in 2015, which set in course a spiral of changes for the band.
For the past 14 years, bluegrass fans from the pacific northwest and beyond have trekked and traversed the rocky west coast terrain for the Northwest String Summit, hosted by newgrass pioneers Yonder Mountain String Band. The festival is held at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, Oregon — a hidden paradise, scattered with flocks of peacocks (of all creatures), making for one of the most unique and intimate festival experiences in the region.