Unatego Grad Follows, Catches Bluegrass Dream


By Allison Collins

OTEGO – Members of the bluegrass band, Dreamcatcher, including founder and Unatego graduate Aaron Foster, had Unatego students spanning grades K through 3rd dancing, clapping and hollering in their seats during a June 20 performance.

In a pre-performance release, Foster, originally from Wells Bridge, explained, “I will be discussing how [to] make a living out of playing music. We are following our dreams, and we think it’s important that these children do too.”

Together with his four bandmates, all of whom Foster met while a student at East Tennessee State University, where he is senior, the 24-year-old shared with the roughly 360 children a bit of history—his own, that of the band’s instruments and a little on the bluegrass genre in general.

Foster, nicknamed “Frosty,” said he grew up loving music though fell into bluegrass specifically thanks to his grandparents, George and Etta Crawford of Otego, who frequently took him to bluegrass festivals.

Today, he tours with band mates Ben Watlington, Jordan Roberson, Max Etling and Brady Wallen. Though the current Dreamcatcher line-up has only been in play since January of this year, Foster co-founded the band three years ago.

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