Bellingham, Washington vocalist and dobro player Laurel Bliss was exposed early in her life to the Carter Family, the Stanley Brothers, and the Louvin Brothers. That exposure has inspired a lifelong dedication to unearthing and learning vocal chestnuts. Laurel has a composed, straightforward, yet tender approach to singing, that suggests an earlier era. Laurel played dobro and sang in Southfork Bluegrass Band in the 1980â€™s, and has performed for many years in a duo with Cliff Perry. She has toured and recorded with Carol Elizabeth Jones of Virginia. Her heartfelt vocals have made her a stand-out in acoustic and bluegrass music. The joys of playing by ear and learning to sing with others through the festivals of Weiser, The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Voice Works, and the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop have shaped her approach to music. She currently plays fiddle and guitar with The Happy Valley Sluggers, a Cajun and Old Time band from Bellingham, Washington.