Forest Beutel, the Freeborn Man: a boot-stompin' Americana Blues One-man band
Slinging banjo, guitar, harmonica, kick-drum and a high-hat, Beutel builds a twangy upbeat atmosphere that engages a crowd and gets folks on their feet. A modern day ramblin man, Beutel's voice blends the high lonesome sounds of Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt with gruff baritone vibrations akin to Tom Waits and Johnny Cash.
Forest began his journey as a professional musician in Rhode Island over a decade ago, drumming in nationally touring bands. After moving across the country to Tacoma, Washington, Forest picked up the banjo and became a regional favorite as the front-man of several bluegrass bands including Barleywine Revue and the Rusty Cleavers.
Forest has been an active one-man band for over five years, with three solo albums leaving listeners awestruck at the meeting of dynamic lyricism and raw musicianship.