Moses Willey was born deep in the heart of the Great North Woods, high on the peak of a musical note. This is the place where mists of traditional Bluegrass, Folk, and Appalachian notes bend and blend genres into something special.

The 2016 self-titled album, Moses Willey that featured six original songs written by Michael Lee Hicks established them as an Inland Northwest musical force. They have received both U.S. recognition plus air play in Europe.

Most band members contribute their songs to the musical mist.  The 2017 addition of musician/songwriter Matt Renner (Fiddle/ Vocals) to the core of Michael Lee Hicks (Mandolin Vocals) and Clayton Lee (Guitar /Vocals) have expanded the quality and variety of Moses Willey’s songwriting. With founding members Don Saladin (Banjo) and Tony Farris (Bass) all the original music is served up with an energetic and traditional rhythm foundation.

Tunes are built from life experiences.  “Letters to Juliette” is based on letters Michael Lee’s Grandfather wrote to his Grandmother during the depression.  In “I Was Born a Traveling Man” Matt Renner describes his experiences of growing up traveling the United States with his father in a covered wagon.


Michael Hicks, and Clayton Lee have written some great songs together. One of their first projects co-writing together “Miners Last Prayer” is based on a story of a coal shovel Michael’s Grandfather kept in his living room. Hick’s vocals are powerful and potent as the groove pulls us into a vision of coal miners, and fatherly cautions for his son to stay out of the mines of West Virginia. “Red Clay” is a poignant song about life, written after the passing of Michael Lee’s father.   The whimsical “Bluegrass Zombies” and “Harrison” a historically based song detailing the events of the Harrison ID fire of 1917, complete the foundation for Moses Willey’s next album.

Regional Awards and Events:

Winner of 2015 4 The Record: First Night Spokane Battle of the Bands

Bluewater Bluegrass Festival, George Washington Bluegrass Festival, The Taste of Coeur d Alene, Art on the Green, Kettle Falls Music Festival, Pig Out in the Park, Rendezvous Days, Harrison Concert Series, Rathdrum Concert Series, Valleyfest. 

Opening act for powerhouse act Billy Strings and regional sensation Hillfolk Noir.

In addition, they regularly perform at music clubs, restaurants and pubs in the Spokane WA/Coeur d Alene ID area, always seeking to make as much music and fun as possible.


Michael Lee Hicks-Mandolin, Vocals       
Matt Renner-Fiddle, Vocals
Clayton Lee-Guitar, Vocals       
Don Saladin-Banjo
Tony Farris-Bass

Booking Contact:     
Michael Lee Hicks
915 N 5th St Coeur d Alene ID 83814


Moses Willey

Bluegrass- From the ~Great Northwoods~






9:00 - CLOSE

FEB 23rd 

MickDuff's Brewing Co. Beer Hall
220 Cedar St

Sandpoint, ID


Moses Willey