Northern Pacific band members (L-R): back row, Nick Hornbuckle and Rich Jones; front row, John Tubbs and Joe Wilmhoff.
Woodinville's popular bluegrass band, City Limits, disbanded this past fall, disappointing their many fans. But a brand new band, Northern Pacific, has been formed, with two former City Limits band members, John Tubbs and Nick Hornbuckle, and two former members of Lonesome Doves (another popular band that disbanded last fall), Rich Jones and Joe Wilmhoff.
The band has a traditional bluegrass sound. Band members have played at all of the major festivals in the Northwest.
Jones, one of the lead singers, plays rhythm guitar and has won a number of banjo contests. He has also has recorded with nationally acclaimed performers Kenny Baker and Josh Graves, and recorded several locally-produced albums.
Joe Wilmhoff also does lead and harmony vocals. He is known as one of the top bluegrass players in the Northwest.
Nick Hornbuckle is a Scruggs-style banjo player who has won several banjo contests. He toured in Japan and has recorded on numerous albums.
John Tubbs, from the Turner's Corner/Clearview area, plays mandolin and also took second place in the 1995 Western Canadian Flatpicking Championships.
Northern Pacific will be playing at a bluegrass concert at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, joined by Sam Hill, from Portland, Oregon, and Who's Driving?, based in Seattle.
Northern Pacific will also perform at the Wintergrass '96 Bluegrass Festival in Tacoma at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Tacoma Sheraton Lobby stage, and will be headlining a concert at Madison's Cafe in Seattle at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 10. They will be one of the four bands performing at the Second Annual Maltby Bluegrass Concert on Saturday, Apr. 13.
The Jan. 19 concert at the Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle) starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door, $7 for Washington Bluegrass Association and Oregon Bluegrass Association members showing valid membership cards. For more information and directions, call the Tractor Tavern at (206) 789-3599.