Lynne Ferguson

Lynne Ferguson

Lynne Ferguson

Bluegrass, Americana, Country
From: Poulsbo, WA, United States

About Artist

Since she was a young girl, Lynn has been immersed in music.  At the age of five she started studying classical piano.  She enjoyed playing so much that her often parents had to encourage her make time for other activities.  After eight years of piano, she moved on to guitar.  Lynne's mother showed her how to chord and strum, and from then on, the guitar has been her main instrument. Her father, an avid fan of great music, made sure Lynne was exposed to the greatest music around. They would attend concerts where she watched in awe at the genius of André Segovia, Sarah Vaughn, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald.

The free-swinging vocal style of Ella is what ultimately inspired Lynne to become a singer, leaving an indelible mark on her style. As a teenager, she moved to Washington state and attended the University of Washington. Inspired and influenced by her favorite artists, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, and Ella, she began performing at coffee houses throughout the Seattle area.

Lynne has a wonderful voice and a unique way of weaving words with the music. Her arrangement of Taj Mahal's Farther on Down the Road eventually led to performances with the legendary bluesman himself.

She is also very active as founder of the Native Horsemanship Program in Suquamish and busy in the equine therapy industry.

Lynne and former partner, Roger Ferguson for years were known as the duo Double Stop, a dynamic acoustic act featuring Lynne on vocals and rhythm guitar, and national flatpick guitar champion, Roger on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and background vocals. In 1983 Lynne and Roger merged their individual careers into a duo that to date, has entertained more than 2500 audiences. For nearly twenty years they have performed their own blend of acoustic Americana - folk, country, bluegrass, blues, swing - in venues as varied as Nashville recording studios, convention centers, college campuses, fairs, resorts, clubs, and coffee houses.

A duo off-stage as well as on, Lynne and Roger have successfully balanced family and career by seeking limited engagements outside the Pacific Northwest. As music professionals raising five children, they have taught music, written and recorded music for PBS documentaries, played folk and blues night clubs, and added others to the duo performing as a top 40 country band in country dance clubs around the Puget Sound area. For ten years Lynne and Roger performed jazz "standards" in resorts and fine dining restaurants. Their name is familiar to those who have attended the Oregon State Fair, Western Washington State Fair, Northwest Folklife Festival, Bumbershoot Festival and numerous county fairs, festivals, and city-sponsored concert series'.

The Double Stop duo was one of forty acts, selected from over 4000 applicants, to tour Washington State during the Centennial celebration, and was chosen to represent Washington state with performances at the 1986 World's Fair in Vancouver, BC. They have worked in Nashville with famed artist/producer (and friend), Mark O'Connor, who produced two of the three releases recorded there. More recently, the Double Stop duo completed a seven-state tour through the Midwest, headlining to audiences of between 250 and 700.

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