South To Cedars

South To Cedars

South To Cedars is:

Ben Haugestuen (guitar, harmonica, vocals)

Shawna Stratton (vocals, rhythm)

Greg Fischer (fiddle, vocals)

Jim Eads (bass, banjo, vocals)

South To Cedars is a four-piece acoustic Americana band based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Described as a powerhouse of tight vocal harmony and precise instrumentation, South To Cedars blends elements of folk, bluegrass, and rock, to deliver an original brand of genre-bending tunes that honor a variety of musical styles and influences. While original songs run the gamut between traditional singer/songwriter & modern acoustic roots-rock, familiar cover tunes are creatively rebirthed for audiences to hear them in an entirely new way.

Since their 2015 debut, the band has kept busy with performances in venues all along the northern Front Range; some of which include: Scene Magazine's Fresh Talent Showcase at Hodi's Half Note, KGNU After FM LIVE Kabaret, FoCoMX, Town of Mead Summer Concerts, The Denver Rock and Roll Marathon, The Professional Roughstock Rodeo at the Budweiser Event Center, and Denver Day of Music at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

South to Cedars released their debut album, Sunny State in December, 2016. The album includes twelve original songs written by band leader & singer/songwriter, Ben Haugestuen.

Ben Haugestuen - guitar, harmonica, vocals

When asked what her daddy does for a living, Ben's ten year old daughter replied, "I think he plays the banjo."  This answer should at least receive partial credit. Even though it's Ben's full time job as an engineer that puts food on the table, it is his love of music that feeds his soul. Ben grew up in Montana and has been playing guitar and writing songs for over 20 years. He has dabbled in several genres of music and has made several feeble attempts at mastering other stringed instruments. However, South to Cedars provides an outlet for Ben to do what he loves best - write songs, play guitar, create music with talented musicians, and order music stuff on Amazon.

Shawna Stratton - vocals, rhythm

Shawna was belting out tunes before she could speak and by the time she was 16, she was performing for audiences across the country. Her down-home vocal style reflects influences that are deeply rooted in country, bluegrass, and folk, — with maybe just a hint of Rock 'n' Roll. Whether she's singing with the band, a church choir, or giving  a car concert at the nearest railroad crossing, she'll draw you in and welcome you to stay a while. While she loves to play guitar, mandolin, and even the spoons, Shawna's most happy just singing alongside her talented STC band mates.

"For me, music is communal and transformational. As a singer, my greatest wish is to leave you better than I found you...deeply satisfied, and hopefully wanting just a little more." - Shawna Stratton


Greg Fischer - fiddle, vocals

Greg was born in Wisconsin and has played the violin since 4th grade. Inspired by the album Will the Circle Be Unbroken, he began fiddling in high school and has played in a number of bluegrass and old-timey string bands over the years. His main motivation is to bring the joy of home-grown music to everybody. He is a software engineer by trade.


Jim Eads - bass, banjo, vocals

Jimmy is a jazz voice student at the University of Northern Colorado who's spent most of his very short life piddling around the northern front range. He's played a number of different instruments in a number of different settings since the greasy teenage years, across rock and jazz and musical theatre. Being in South to Cedars gives him an opportunity to roll with a different crowd and he's hoping to build a lengthier résumé of musical experience by the time he graduates.