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Cabin Fever NW: Bio


If friendship had a soundtrack, this would be it.

No matter who you are, it’s likely that you’ve experienced cabin fever. You’ve been stuck somewhere for way too long. Walls have been built that you'd like to knock down. You need to get out, you need a change, you need something good to happen. And you need to have it happen with your best friends at your side.

Cabin Fever NW is Dianne Bochsler (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Tara Caldwell (vocals, banjo) of Bellingham, WA and Ed Johnson (vocals, lead guitar) of Menlo Park, CA. With wide crossover appeal for fans of bluegrass, singer-songwriter, Americana, country, and gospel, the singer-songwriter trio is known for gorgeous vocal harmonies, compelling lyrics, and masterful instrumentation.

Dianne's musical career began by singing duets and playing guitar with her father. And, she adopted an important piece of his life philosophy: happiness is playing a guitar and singing with friends. Her love of the stage took her all the way from upstate New York to Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. When she saw the music scene in the Pacific Northwest, she realized she had to be part of it. She followed her heart's desire and jumped into the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, where she found a bottomless well of inspiration.

Tara’s musical roots rise from the mountains and prairies of Alberta and the folk traditions of the labor movement. As a two-year-old child, she experienced "imprinting" with the banjo and has been following it around ever since. She's loved singing all her life, especially the satisfaction of making harmonies float in and around a melody. With an exceptional lower range, her vocal options are unique among female singers.

Ed is a master of musical styles ranging from folk to Brazilian to classical. He is highly esteemed and sought after as a guitarist, bandleader, record producer, vocalist, teacher, and musical consultant. His vibrant, original contemporary jazz recordings have earned him fans and airplay worldwide. Ed tours regularly with numerous bands, including his own Novo Tempo. (

They often perform with the renowned Cary Black of Seattle, WA (bass, vocals). Cary is an inventive and expert bassist, described by Alan Senauke in Sing Out! Magazine as “a musician’s musician”. He performs, records and teaches a variety of styles including blues, funk, Brazilian, jazz, bluegrass, pop and rock. Cary has recorded and performed with a vast array of world-class acts including The Kinston Trio, Glen Yarbrough, The Grand Ol’ Opry, Mollie O’Brien, A Prairie Home Companion, Kathie Kallick, and Nina Gerber.

Cabin Fever NW performs at various venues and festivals, including the Wayne Henderson Music Festival in Virginia, Pete Seeger's Strawberry Festival on the Hudson River in Beacon NY, Oktoberfest in Mt Angel OR, and the Florence Winter Music Festival in Florence OR where they have been Festival Favorites multiple times. Their original songs have been recognized by national media including NPR's Car Talk and SING OUT! Magazine, and are sung in and around churches, folk societies, living rooms and campfires across the US and Canada.

Dianne plays a Limited Edition Holden Village Taylor Guitar
Tara plays banjos made by Clay Hepburn of Gibsons, BC
Ed plays a Martin J-21M


"This Night That Lasted Days" (2015) spins many colors and textures into one artfully arranged and compelling collection. The duo delivers their best songwriting and vocal performances ever, which are well supported by masterful and creative instrumentation. On this latest release, Tara and Dianne are backed by the incomparable talents of Ed Johnson, Cary Black, John Reischman, Mark Ivester, Victor Bellomo, and David Keenan.

"Stay Awhile With Me" (2010) 
is a mix of fresh originals and timeless classics. The sound is at once new and familiar, with gorgeous vocal harmonies and instrumental performances, put together under the watchful direction of accomplished producer Edmund Johnson.

"The Door Is Always Open" (2006) delivers delicious original tunes, fresh takes on traditional favorites, luscious harmonies and elegant guitar and banjo accompaniment. Tara and Dianne are joined on this recording by guitar master John Miller.

The second Cabin Fever NW release "Spring Thaw" (2004) is a collection of 15 covers, exploring a bluegrass sound, backed-up by notable musicians including John Reischman on mandolin.

The self-titled four-song demo “Cabin Fever” (2003) was their first foray into recording and was noted as one of the year’s best local recordings by the Bellingham Herald.

We love to do house concerts! If you or a friend are interested in hosting us, please contact us directly (see our contact page!).