Cort Armstrong

This folks is one Appalachian hoedown that leaves no roots of American music unturned.
— Musicomet

Pretty deep into a life of many musical passions, from bluegrass and country blues to the Grateful Dead, Cort Armstrong has never felt comfortable staying in one musical place too long. That “musical hobo” mentality has led him, like many before him, to a sound all his own. The songbag has gotten heavier over the years, with songs from as close as his own imagination, and as far as West Africa. His guitar picking has polished and mellowed. His singing draws from a deeper part of his soul.

… (a) treasure chest of acoustic American roots music.
— SingOut! Magazine

As a man with no musical genre to call his own, Armstrong reaches far and wide for inspiration, carrying the torch of the songster tradition.  In this tradition, picking and singing serve the songs, instead of the other way around.  Instead of impressing audiences, the songster in Armstrong seeks to move them… laughing, crying and dancing are what it’s all about! 

Writing about Armstrong’s solo collection of original songs, Devon Leger of Hearth Music describes his music as “...that of a true ‘songster’. His music carries influences of country blues, fiddle tunes, square dances, honky-tonks; anything that shook the floors of old mountain grange halls and parties. Every song on his solo CD, Chicken Pickin’, was written by Cort, yet these songs sound as old as the hills that inspired them.”

You may pick for show, and sing for dough, but when you bring a song to life, you’re good to go!
— Cort Armstrong

Backwoods Hucksters


Based in the Puget Sound area of Washington state, the Hucksters bring a slightly psychedelic twist to their American Roots songbag.  A blues band at its core, the Hucksters weave together bluegrass, country, folk, rock and country blues into a tapestry of music they call Mountain Blues.

Vocals, Guitar / Cort Armstrong
Vocals, Harmonica / Sean Divine
Fiddle, Vocals / Jon Parry
Bass, Vocals / Mick Nicholson
Drums / Tom Svornich





Jim Faddis, Cort Armstrong, Rick Meade and John Pyles collaborate in an acoustic quartet that puts singing and songs at the forefront of their sound.  A very simple and distinctive instrumentation accompanies the band’s smooth vocal sound and brings the songs they perform to life.  Visit the band's website for more information.

Vocals, Guitar / Jim Faddis
Vocals, Lead Guitar / Cort Armstrong
Vocals, Dobro / Rick Meade
Bass / John Pyles



Chicken Fried Swing

Cort Armstrong joins a local Django swing duo called Stringology to form Chicken Fried Swing, which fuses Hot Club swing jazz, popular standards, western swing, blues and ragtime into a fun little conversation between two guitars.  Eric Bogart (guitar) brings the music of Django to life, and demonstrates that the sound is not constrained to swing music, while Terianne Stratton (ukulele) keeps a steady pulse.  The collaboration reflects Bogart's and Armstrong's passion for growing musically and trying new things.  The trio of instrumentalists create a fertile field for Armstrong's old-time scratchy record voice to blossom.

Vocals, Guitar / Cort Armstrong
Guitar / Eric Bogart
Ukulele / Terianne Stratton