Go See Front Country!
I have seen Front Country only once, but that was enough to make me a fan. They have a unique take on bluegrass that, which traditional, is progressive and all their own. I am seeing them this weekend and you should see them at a show near you.
“San Francisco’s Front Country has forged its own path in the bluegrass scene, coming from musical backgrounds of all genres and going on to win band competitions at festivals such as Telluride. They’re a progressive bluegrass quintet. Their singer has this great, round, sultry, more rock-leaning tone and vocal attack that you don’t typically hear in bluegrass.” – NPR, All Songs Considered
“So far, 2016 has been a busy year for Front Country. With two European Tours and several festival appearances back in the states at staples such as ROMP Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival, Red Wing Roots Music Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, and the Americana Music Association Festival.
“Front Country also released a highly anticipated Mixtape Covers EP earlier this year. The EP followed the band’s début studio album Sake of the Sound. NPR featured the title track from that record in their recent show previewing the Americana Music Festival. Front Country will continue a rigorous tour schedule through the end of 2016, and fans can look out for a new studio album coming in 2017.
Upcoming shows include:
12/2 @ Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar | Nashua, NH
12/3 @ The Red Room at Cafe 939 | Boston, MA
12/4 @ Cafe Lena | Saratoga Springs, NY
12/7 @ World Cafe Live | Philadelphia, PA
12/8 @ Mansion House | Mercerburg, PA
12/9 @ Clementine Cafe | Harrisonburg, VA
12/10 @ Capital Ale House | Richmond,VA
12/11 @ The Spot on Kirk | Roanoke, VA
Don’t ask Front Country what kind of music they play. Just listen.
What started as a group of friends playing bluegrass in San Francisco’s Mission District has morphed into a touring powerhouse of song and sound, transcending their humble stringband roots. Front Country‘s dynamic instrumental textures take flight with grace and gravitas while rooted in the relentlessly soulful vocals of lead singer-songwriter Melody Walker.
Along with mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz, guitarist Jacob Groopman, violinist Leif Karlstrom and bassist Jeremy Darrow, this quintet has been called “passionately intoxicating” and “orchestral” and Melody’s bluesy vocals have been described as “rafter-shaking”. Seldom traditional, always original, Front Country‘s new album Sake of the Sound is out now.
Posted on December 2, 2016, in concert announcements, music, Uncategorized and tagged Adam Roszkiewicz, Bluegrass music, boston, concert announcement, Front Country, Jacob Groopman, Jeremy Darrow, Leif Karlstrom, Melody Walker, music, progressive bluegrass music, Red Room at Cafe 939. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.