Our Story

Formed in the fall of ’08 at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Chasing Blue plays a mix of original and traditional bluegrass material with unique arrangements and hard-driving style. Original material holds true to the bluegrass tradition but strong lyrical ideas and progressive musical ideas make the Chasing Blue sound.

Michael Reese, guitar

Mike was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where he learn the bluegrass tradition from his father and mother, Larry and Cindy Reese. At fourteen he was accepted into the School for Creative and Performing Arts where he studied jazz guitar, and orchestral percussion. Michael and his parents started a family bluegrass band called “NewClover”, where Mike played the 5 string banjo. Mike donated his time and talents along with his family to play at The Clovernook Center for the blind and Visually Impaired in Cincinnati, as well as Miami White Water Senior Center.  After graduating Berklee College of Music in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance, Mike spends his time off the road teaching music and producing.

Laura Orshaw, mandolin

Laura Orshaw “has firmly established [herself] as a significant emerging artist in the arena of traditional American music,” according to Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Laura grew up in a musical family in Northeastern Pennsylvania; at age 10 she learned to play and sing from paternal grandmother and regional Old Time musician, Betty Orshaw. Throughout her teens Laura performed across the Northeast with her father in The Lonesome Road Ramblers, performing classic bluegrass from the 1950’s around one mic. She recorded two solo fiddle projects in her early teens and recently released her new solo project, "Songs of Lost Yesterdays". Laura has 12 years of experience performing, teaching private lessons, and conducting educational programs and workshops throughout the Northeast and now makes her home in Cambridge, MA. Her passion for teaching is also evidenced in her professional education, as a master’s level counselor, and her work at Lesley University as Coordinator for their Expressive Therapies Graduate Program.
Visit Laura's website: www.lauraorshaw.com

Maggie MacKay, banjo