Front Country w/ Jon Stickley Trio

Tue Jul 24 2018

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Tractor

5213 Ballard Avenue NW Seattle, WA 98107

Ages 21+

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An acoustic band born in the land of tech innovation, Front Country was unlikely to be accepted as an authentic American roots band out of the gate.  Cutting their teeth in progressive bluegrass jams in San Francisco’s Mission District and rehearsing across the bay in Oakland, they fashioned their own take on roots music and Indie Folk, with the tools they had on hand.  A mandolinist with a degree in composition and classical guitar.  A guitarist trained in rock and world music.  A bassist equally versed in jazz and newgrass.  A violinist with technique that could seamlessly hop between honky tonk and electropop. And a female lead singer with grit and soul that was also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter.  In a wood-paneled country dive bar in the shadow of the San Francisco skyline, Front Country forged a sound hell bent on merging the musical past with the future.  The result lies somewhere between Indie Folk and Americana, in a nether-region they've come to embrace as their own.

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  • FRONT COUNTRY

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  • Jon Stickley Trio

    Jon Stickley Trio

    Bluegrass

    Jon Stickley Trio is a genre-defying and cinematic instrumental trio, who’s deep grooves, innovative flatpicking, and sultry-spacy violin moves the listener’s head, heart, and feet. “It’s not your father’s acoustic-guitar music—although Stickley’s pop showed him his first chords when he was 12 years old. Instead, Stickley’s Martin churns out a mixture of bluegrass, Chuck Berry, metal, prog, grunge, and assorted other genres—all thoroughly integrated into a personal style,” writes Guitar Player Magazine.

    Premier Guitar says, “Stickley’s trio… is not a traditional bluegrass group by any means… they are just nimble and ambitious enough to navigate EDM-style breakbeats as effortlessly as the old timey standard ‘Blackberry Blossom.’”

    “Stickley is a super-resourceful acoustic guitarist who uses the instrument in many surprising ways and whose timing is just flawless. Fiddler Lyndsay Pruett puts deep thought into her flowing solos, plus she adds little flourishes and sudden stops that elevate the music,” proclaims Nashville's Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst.

    Jon Stickley Trio announced a change in lineup beginning in January 2018 with new drummer, Hunter Deacon, who is both classically trained and boasts heavy jazz influences. Hailing from the ever-hip Knoxville, Tennessee, Hunter studied with drummer Keith Brown and received a BM in Studio Music and Jazz from the University of Tennessee. Deacon then went on to complete a six month residency at a jazz club in Hangzhou, China where he performed seven nights a week. Since his return, he’s played with Scott Miller and the Commonwealth, toured the country with Sam Lewis, and performs with guitarist Mike Baggetta.

    Stickley says about the seemingly sudden change, “we’re really excited to add Hunter’s vibe to the mix, his creativity and willingness to experiment were two things that drew us to him, and Lyndsay and I were quickly surprised and inspired by what he’s brought to the table.”

    “Deacon’s presence represents a new phase of the Trio’s evolution, and it’s one to be embraced… Deacon’s varied background brings an entirely different element to the classic Jon Stickley Trio sound,” writes Caleb Calhoun in Ashvegas after seeing the groups recent hometown show.  When Calhoun asked Deacon what he brings to the table, he answered without hesitation: ‘The jazz background. That and probably the ability to kind of float and go in a lot of different musical directions.’”

    The Trio’s performance at this year’s Savannah Stopover Festival and was named “One of the most buzzed-about shows” by AXS’ Kevin Wierzbick who writes, “Comprised of Stickley on acoustic guitar, violinist Lyndsay Pruett and drummer Hunter Deacon, the trio played a hopped-up set of jazzy violin-driven tunes that often recalled the frenetic side of jazz fusion violinist Jon Luc Ponty. Pruett and Stickley played so hard at times that their technique could rightfully be called ‘shredding,’ and some fans at the front of the crowd occasionally broke out their mosh pit moves.”

     

    With inspiration ranging from from Green Day to Duran Duran to Tony Rice to Nirvana, Grateful Dead, David Grisman and beyond, the Trio is making waves with their unique sound. Along with releasing two full length albums and one EP in the past few years, the Trio has zig-zagged the nation, playing over 120 dates in 2017 alone. They are road tested and band geek approved!

    Dave King (of The Bad Plus) joined forces with Jon Stickley Trio to produce 2017’s Maybe Believe and 2015’s Lost At Last (which The New York Times called “both respectful and free”) in the band’s hometown of Asheville, NC at the esteemed Echo Mountain Recording Studio. The Trio slipped a self-produced 5-track EP, Triangular, into the mix in December of 2016.

    “In a time when a lot of instrumental music feels more like math than art, Jon Stickley Trio reminds us of the pure joy that can be created and shared through music,” says Greensky Bluegrass’ Anders Beck.

    Stickley says, “The Trio feels fresher and hotter than ever, we’ve hit our stride in terms of creating tunes that are uniquely us and that’s a really exciting place to be musically. Not to mention we are so stoked to get back to many of our favorite festivals and clubs, and even more excited to play some the ones we’ve always dreamed of. 2018 will, without a doubt, be our best year yet!”

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Front Country w/ Jon Stickley Trio

Tue Jul 24 2018 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Tractor Seattle WA
Front Country w/ Jon Stickley Trio
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Ages 21+

An acoustic band born in the land of tech innovation, Front Country was unlikely to be accepted as an authentic American roots band out of the gate.  Cutting their teeth in progressive bluegrass jams in San Francisco’s Mission District and rehearsing across the bay in Oakland, they fashioned their own take on roots music and Indie Folk, with the tools they had on hand.  A mandolinist with a degree in composition and classical guitar.  A guitarist trained in rock and world music.  A bassist equally versed in jazz and newgrass.  A violinist with technique that could seamlessly hop between honky tonk and electropop. And a female lead singer with grit and soul that was also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter.  In a wood-paneled country dive bar in the shadow of the San Francisco skyline, Front Country forged a sound hell bent on merging the musical past with the future.  The result lies somewhere between Indie Folk and Americana, in a nether-region they've come to embrace as their own.