An American Forrest
is a storyteller and guitar picker from the conifer forests of Western Washington and Northeastern Oregon. His songs pull inspiration from 4 years of living out of a truck, backpack, and horseback. He released two EPs in 2013, a debut LP, Rosas y Mesteños, in 2015, and has toured the Western US extensively, playing with BJ Barham (American Aquarium), John Craigie, Bart Budwig, and Marshall McLean. His viscerally poetic songwriting, and loose, wild, flat- & finger-picked acoustic guitar playing have drawn comparisons to Townes Van Zandt, Jeffrey Foucault, and Dave Rawlings.
“Boldly sung poetry takes on every color of the roots/country spectrum, from Appalachian arrangements to Pacific Northwestern sweetness and a pinch of Southern grit." - CityArts Magazine, Seattle
"[Rosas y Mesteños] is really, really good." - John Craigie
"These are the real cowboy blues -- long stretches of road, loneliness, inscrutable feelings and people. Forrest's spare arrangements -- flush with punk references, tinny trumpets, and country swing -- create a stark soundscape that reflect the mountains and mesas that inspired the lyrics." - Rachel Cholst, Adobe and Teardrops Blog
"Forrest smells like a horse." - Mike Midlo, Pancake Breakfast