About the Band

Based in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA, Whiskey Deaf plays many regional festivals, small concerts, and occasional private shows. The band is made up of talented and experienced bluegrass musicians who share a passion for finding and playing lesser known bluegrass and related music from the repertoires of first generation bluegrass, early country and old-time sources, and then giving it the Whiskey Deaf stamp. 

Everyone in the band loves playing this music, and loves playing it with each other, and that comes through in every show.

Annie Staninec

Annie began playing fiddle at age four, was performing by age 11 and since that time she has made her living performing and teaching in a variety of styles all over the world.

Before the age of 21 Annie had toured with David Grisman and the Gypsy Caravan, Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, and numerous other regional groups. Thereafter, she joined several national acts including Town Mountain and the Kathy Kallick Band, of which she is a permanent member, and expanded her repertoire to include such diverse artists as Mary Gauthier and even Rod Stewart.

Annie performing with Rod Stewart in Amsterdam, 2016

Ethan performing his song Double or Nothing with Western Centuries

Ethan Lawton

Ethan Lawton is a gifted singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, and has performed on countless stages throughout the US and internationally with Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers, Cahalen Morrison and Country Hammer and others, and is a founding member of the acclaimed band Western Centuries.


Jamie Blair

Jamie is a lightning-fingered and innovative banjo player, who began performing as just a youngun in Ohio with the Bluegrass Freightliners, and has performed and recorded with numerous bands since including the Ohop Valley Boys, Cascade Mountain Boys, Grapevine, Faast and Blair, and Blue Hill. He is also a founding member of the latest Northwest phenomenon String Theory

Jamie performing with his fancier band, String Theory