The son of a fiddle player, Will West grew up in eastern North Carolina. Inspired by his parent’s vast record collection, he began playing guitar when he was 11 years old. First finding a love for Old-Time Blues and Heavy Metal music. Will began to sing and write his own music during his college years at UNC Chapel Hill. After earning a degree in Chemistry at UNC, Will loaded up his dog, his guitar and handful of original songs and moved to Portland, Oregon in the Summer of 2002. From his humble beginnings busking on downtown sidewalks and exploring open-mics, Will West has been on a steady climb in this rich Northwest music scene.
The Friendly Strangers came together as a band in 2010. They’ve averaged 100+ shows per year since 2011. In 2014 they performed for 1000’s at outdoor Summer Concerts & NW Music Festivals. The band is known for their friendly, easy-going vibes, they find true joy in performance.Whether it’s a large outdoor event or an intimate house concert, the band loves to connect with the audience and have fun with everyone.
Each show is a unique experience, with special guests and interesting instrumental combinations….
The band performs as various Trios, Quartets and sometimes Big Band ensembles.
Current Members include:
Tanner Cundy on guitar,
Drew Norman on banjo/slide
Skip vonKuske on cello/mandolin
Jeff Simpson on trumpet/keys
Don Henson on percussive system
Julio Appling on upright bass
Plus various All-Star special guests for Live Events.
The Band is currently wrapping up their highly anticipated 3rd album called “Rain Song” due for release in Summer 2015.