Tollefson grew up in Juneau, Alaska, and began playing guitar at age 8. At 12, he performed at the Juneau Folk Festival. He began writing songs at 18. After college he found home in Bend, OR where he began work on a new album with the help of Clay Smith of Soundsmith Studios. The album's title, "The Sum of Parts," is apropos, being both a collection of his life experiences, and a final product of two years of focused passion. Plans for a tour in March are underway as the band and Empty Space Orchestra head down the west coast. 'Parts' has been recieving radio play in Bend, OR on Clear 101.7 FM, and in Juneau, AK. Since its April release, and subsequent momentum, Tollefson was given the opportunity to showcase his talent with performances at the Breedlove Guitar Festival, The Les Schwab Amphitheater, the Clear 101.7 4th of July Concert in the Park, and Sisters Folk Festival. This has spurned a growth of his already burgeoning fanbase in Central Oregon, where most recently he opened for G. Love and Special Sauce and Jackie Greene. "I think it's every artists goal to take a person from the point before they listened to a song, to someplace different... to move them in a way'" said Tollefson, 25, in a recent interview, " guess that's my ultimate goal at the end of the day-to write something that moves me at the same time."
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