Wayward Vessel
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Wayward Vessel

Portland, Oregon, United States | INDIE

Portland, Oregon, United States | INDIE
Band Country Bluegrass


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Wayward Vessel's debut, "Wake EP" (2009), was recorded in the band's home studio, and was regarded as a groundbreaking step for acoustic music.

Wayward Vessel has recently released their highly anticipated first full-length album, "Wayward Vessel" (2010). Recorded, mixed and masterd at world-renowned Big Red Studio by engineer Billy Oskay, this record screams with pure, high-fidelity tones.



Wayward Vessel is an unique group of highly talented and capable young musicians. Each member draws upon their extensive experience in bluegrass, folk, jazz and classical music to bring a pleasing and engaging sound to any venue.

The band was born when Ken Chapple and Julie Schmidt met at a bluegrass pickin' session in SE Portland in 2009. It was immediately obvious that the two musicians has a connection, and began to go to work composing, arranging and jamming around the clock. Ken (guitar) and Julie (violin) continue to be the primary singers and songwriters in the band.

Adding bass virtuoso Josh Feinberg, and multiple-national-mandolin-championship winner Josiah Payne has since completed the band's sound. Recently the band is making an impact, and has been packing venues and playing events all over the Pacific Northwest, including the Bluegrass From the Forest Festival, Salmon Days Festival, Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival, Connor Byrne in Seattle, Sam Bond's Garage in Eugene and several other prestigious venues and events in their home town of Portland, and beyond.

Wayward Vessel has been compared to other masters of the illusive modern acoustic music genre such as Chris Thile's Punch Brothers and Crooked Still.