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js3_LostAtLastCoverArt015Jon Stickley Trio Independently Releases Lost at Last on October 6, 2015

Rapid-fire Flatpicking Guitar
Combined with Melodious, Sultry and Wild Violin
And Deep Groove Drums

“At the unlikely intersection of Bluegrass, Jazz and Punk lies the Jon Stickley Trio. A true fusion of American music, this virtuosic trio exploded onto the landscape, leaving listeners scratching their heads, wondering what exactly it was they were hearing, and desperate for the next song to begin. For their second record, Lost at Last, JS3 has, like an open-wheel, open cockpit-race car, abandoned anything frivolous or unnecessary, and this stripped-down, streamlined JS3 is built for speed, dangerous as hell, and irresistible.”
Travis Book, The Infamous Stringdusters

Jon Stickley Trio is set to independently release a 2nd album, Lost at Last, on October 6, 2015. The originality and sheer energy of this genre-bending ensemble serves as a welcome wake up call for those who experience it. With roots in gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and hip-hop, Jon Stickley Trio combines Jon Stickley’s rapid-fire flatpicking guitar with the sultry and wild, yet refined, melodies of Lyndsay Pruett (Futureman) on violin set over the deep groove of Patrick Armitage (Atmosphere) on drums. The three have fused their collective styles into a repertoire of exciting and innovative original music along with some captivating covers.

Lost at Last was recorded in the band’s hometown of Asheville, NC at the iconic Echo Mountain Studios under the watchful eye of producer Dave King (The Bad Plus). While recording the album, King referred to the band’s imaginative sound as “this whole other thing.” King’s creative energy and inspired musical approach led the band deeper and deeper into the heart of their musical consciousness, which led to the solidification of their musical identity.

“Working with our producer Dave King was a life changing experience for us all,” says Stickley. “He is an intense, master musician, but also a hilarious, life-loving, positive, HEAVY, ‘unimpeachable’, inspiring dude! He helped us find ourselves, and his mark on the album is undeniable.” Jon goes on to say, “We succeeded in capturing a lot of spontaneous energy.

Jon Stickley Trio. Photo by Heather Hambor.

Jon Stickley Trio. Photo by Heather Hambor.

Fan-funded through Kickstarter, Lost at Last features eleven tracks including six original tunes. It opens with ”Point-to-Point,” a song that could sum up the Trio’s personality, ranging from delicate syncopated pizzicato interplay to a powerful electo-rock climax featuring Jon’s distinctive flat-picking style. “Darth Radar” is already a crowd favorite at the Trio’s live shows; it was originally inspired by the modern dubstep artists, Skrillex and deadmau5, but over time has settled into an upbeat groove, with elements of ska and the fleet single string tremolo one might hear from Dick Dale, and other surf guitar gods. “Rice Dream,” is Jon’s subtle prayer for Tony Rice, who is one of his biggest musical influences. The song highlights Jon’s nimble picking style and soft harmonic chimes as well as the haunting beauty of Lyndsay’s violin.

Other tracks include the hypnotically enchanting “Goa,” penned by Pruett on the shores of the Indian Ocean, the cinematic and neoclassical “Octapickin,” in which Pruett’s beautiful string arrangements and improvisations take the listener through an emotional dreamscape, and the relaxing and poetic “Pamlico Sound.”

Lost at Last features a handful of covers including The Bad Plus’ “Never Stop”, Tim O’Brien’s “The High Road,” set to a grooving half time feel and break beat reprise, held down by Patrick Armitage on the drums. Lost at Last also features a  ‘Stickley” version of Strength in Numbers’ “Slopes” (written by Bela Fleck, Mark O’Connor). The record also includes a traditional gypsy jazz waltz, “Valse de Wasso,”and ends with “Flight of the Durban,” penned by Stickley’s longtime friend Leftover Salmon’s banjo ripper Andy Thorn.

In their short time together, Jon Stickley Trio has shared the stage with Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Larry Keel, and Leon Russell, amongst others. They have thrilled audiences at some of the nation’s top festivals including MerleFest, Floydfest, and Four Corners Folk Fest. Billy Nershi (String Cheese Incident) says, “I’ve had the pleasure of playing with Jon onstage and off. He always plays something I didn’t think was possible.”

This virtuosic band’s experimental compositions are not easily confined, yet remain true to the players’ musical roots lending to an accessible and danceable sound. “The inspiration of blending the rhythmic, fast-paced techniques of bluegrass with songs from the other end of the musical spectrum led to the formation of Stickley’s eponymous trio,” writes Alli Marshall with Asheville’s Mountain Xpress. Through the recording of Lost at Last, the band has honed their fiery, yet sensitive sound to create something that is uniquely the Jon Stickley Trio.

Lost at Last Track Listing
1. Point to Point – original – Stickley
2. The High Road – written by Tim O’Brien
3. Rice Dream – original – Stickley
4. Never Stop – The Bad Plus song – written by Reid Anderson
5. Darth Radar – original – Stickley
6. Octopickin – original – Stickley
7. Slopes – Strength in Numbers – written by Bela Fleck, Mark O’Connor
8. Goa – original – Pruett
9. Valse de Wasso – gypsy jazz song
10. Pamlico Sound – original – Stickley
11. Flight of the Durban – written by Andy Thorn (of Leftover Salmon)

For more information, updates from the road, and tour dates, please visit www.jonstickley.com, www.facebook.com/JonStickleyTrio, and www.twitter.com/StickleyMusic.

Watch the teaser video for Jon Stickley Trio’s music video for “Point to Point” from the new album Lost at Last –>

Jon Stickley Trio on Tour
8/25 Tue – Jammin’ Java – Washington DC (w/ Della Mae)
8/26 Wed – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC. (w/ Della Mae)
8/27 Thu – Double Door Inn – Charlotte, NC (w/ Old Salt Union)
8/28 Fri – Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC (w/ Della Mae)
8/29 Sat – Private Party – Nebo, NC (w/ Della Mae)
9/03 Thu – Cervantes’ Other Side – Denver, CO (Pre Phish Party)
9/05 Sat – Four Corners Folk Festival – Pagosa Springs, CO
9/07 Mon – Lazy Dog Pub Labor Day Party – Boulder CO (w/ Benny Gallaway)
9/26 -Sat – Snowshoe Mountain – Snowshoe, WV (w/ Shakey Graves and more)
9/29-10/2 Tue-Fri – IBMA Performances TBA – Raleigh, NC
10/3 Sat – House Concert – Selma, NC
10/10 Sat – Isis Music Hall Hometown CD Release Show – Asheville, NC
10/15 Thu – NC State Fair – Raleigh, NC
10/21 Wed – Awendaw Green (4-6pm) – Charleston, SC
10/21 Wed – The Southern (9pm) – Charleston, SC
10/22 Thu – Palmetto Brewing Co – Charleston, SC
10/23 Fri – The Lyric Stage – Tallahassee, FL
10/24 Sat – The Funky Buddha – Boca Raton, FL
10/27 Tue – Terra Fermata – Stuart, FL
10/28 Wed – Guana Banas – Jupiter, FL
10/30-11/1 Fri-Sat – Suwannee Hulaween – Live Oak, FL
11/14 Sat – Red Light Cafe – Atlanta, GA
11/21 Sat – House Concert – Concord, NC
12/2 Wed – Martin’s – Roanoke, VA
12/5 Sat – Cat’s Cradle Back Room – Carrboro, NC
12/11 Fri – Boyd’s Jig and Reel – Knoxville, TN
12/12 Sat – The Basement East – Nashville, TN
12/13 Sun – The Post’s Bluegrass Brunch – Nashville, TN
12/13 Sun – House Concert – Knoxville, TN

More Dates TBA
www.jonstickley.com/tour

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LEAF Set Times and Stages:
10/20 9:00pm @ Eden Hall
10/21 6:30pm @ Roots Family Stage
10/21 11:30pm @ Eden Hall
For more information on The Lake Eden Arts Festival in Black Mountain, NC please visit theleaf.org

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Much like the earthly element from which they draw their name, the story of Songs Of Water ebbs and flows, pulsing with life, beauty and energy. Beginning in 2002, Songs Of Water started as a loose community of friends centered on writing and experimenting with different sounds and instrumentation. Most of the music was off-the-cuff improvisation that later grew and matured into completed composition.

That attention to the natural flow and feel of music even extended to the make-up of the group itself, as the membership rose to as many as ten and fell to as little as three, depending on the needs of the music. Stephen Roach (vocals, guitar, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, percussion, tenor banjo) revels in the “cross pollination” found within the band’s members and their individual talents. “One of the unique qualities about the band is that most of our backgrounds are very different than one another.”

Luke Skaggs (violin, guitar, lap steel, percussion, backing vocals) and Molly Skaggs (vocals, accordian, banjo) grew up with bluegrass in their blood, thanks to Ricky Skaggs being their dad. Roach’s own heritage came from his father and from his cousin, acclaimed bluegrass guitarist Tony Rice.

Marta Richardson (violin) and Sarah Stephens (cello, vocals) are both classically trained musicians who have played in symphonies. The line-up is completed by Jason Windsor (classical, acoustic & baritone guitar, mandolin), Greg Willette (bass guitar, acoustic guitar), and Michael Pritchard (drums, percussion, hammered dulcimer, acoustic guitar).

So what ultimately binds this collective of extraordinary musicians together? According to Roach, “we discovered it was really fun to play this sort of cinematic, explorative music in a live setting. It flies so contrary to what you hear in most live music settings. The music pulls you into a deeper, perhaps even spiritual experience.”

Shutter 16 goes on to say, “Songs of Water’s musical range, not only instrumentally but vocally as well, is an elaborate production of many skilled musicians. If Hollywood decides to revisit Last of the Mohican’s or another similar tale as they look for more stories they can just reshoot in IMAX 3D, I fully expect SoW to be the featured sound-track artist as Linkin Park was to Transformers. Songs of Water is not something to miss.”

Their newest release, “The Sea Has Spoken,” is a true collaboration of all members, arrangements with textures woven together by everyone in the band. Their focus on mostly instrumental music comes from the power that sound without words wields over all of us. By leaving aside traditional lyrics, Songs Of Water’s music encompasses the listener, leading them to reconsider music, life and exploration anew. Their music becomes an interactive canvas, inviting all who hear to joy in the act of creation corporately.

“The band’s music feels primitive but forward-thinking, exotic yet familiar; it creates a complete narrative in the listener’s mind with rarely a word sung. Essentially, their music is transportive,”says Ryan Snyder with Shuffle Magazine. Alli Marshal with the Mountain Xpresssays, “The whole record ebbs and flows with graceful gestures, sweeping strokes of light and dark, complex layering and effortless playing… the collection as a whole is so engaging that, surely, to see the musicians in action would only add to the experience.”

Ultimately, the impetus for the band’s existence is the desire to share that transcendent experience with others. The members of Songs Of Water stumbled onto a new form of expression that connected with audiences, spurring them on to further innovations. Hungry to engage even more, they are now pursuing this path to see where the road might lead. As Roach puts it, “Water can be a peaceful stream or it can be a violent tsunami. Our music has that same tendency from moment to moment. It may be a contemplative classical guitar one moment or a raging orchestra of percussion the next.”

And thus flows Songs Of Water, roaming wide and far to pull its listeners in with tendrils of music and beauty.

“Although listeners will hear more than 30 instruments on the new album — from dun duns to doumbeks — the songs still ring familiar. Traditional sounds from the hammered dulcimer, banjo, and acoustic guitar reflect North Carolina’s musical roots. All the musicians credit their North Carolina heritage for influencing their music.”
Carole Perkins – Our State Magazine
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The Blind Tiger announces the grand opening of its NEW 1819 Spring Garden Street location with a special New Years’ Eve performance headlined by instrumental powerhouse Toubab Krewe who is touring in support of their new album TK2. The event is presented by Greenefields Productions.  Doors for the Friday, December 31st celebration will open at 8pm with the new venue boasting of a higher capacity of 480, free parking, larger bathrooms and 5000 sq feet . The Jonathan Scales Fourchestra opens the show with music at 9pm. Ticket packages are $20 and include one ticket to the show, champagne toast, & complimentary hor d’oeuvres. They are available at www.theblindtiger.com

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The Blind Tiger’s grand opening celebration will be headlined by Asheville-based Toubab Krewe. Formed in 2005, Toubab Krewe has tenaciously honed their craft through relentless touring and a fierce dedication to carving out something they can truly call their own. The fruits of this hard work can be heard on their scintillating new long-player, TK2, out now on Nat Geo Music.

Some music cannot be found on a map or within iTunes categories. Some music is so original it seems snatched from the great, invisible substrata that runs below all human activity, a sound aching to be born without a flag or fixed allegiance– free, questing, overflowing with immediate, tangible life. This is the music of Toubab Krewe, the vibrant Asheville, NC-based instrumental powerhouse that creates a sonic Pangaea that lustily swirls together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. While nearly impossible to put into any box, it takes only a few moments to realize in a very palpable way that one is face-to-face with a true original who recognizes no borders in a march towards a muscular, original, globally switched-on sound.

What Justin Perkins (Kora, Kamelngoni, guitar, percussion), Teal Brown (drums, congas), Drew Heller (guitar, piano, fiddle), David Pransky (bass, guitar), and Luke Quaranta (Djembe, percussion) have wrought on TK2 reflects the many miles and musical journeys that have transpired since their studio debut.


The NYE pairing of Toubab Krewe with Jonathan Scales Fourchestra is sure to be an unforgettable occasion.  Jonathan Scales is a Steel Pan player who brings a whole new sense of vitality to this traditionally Caribbean instrument.  Here you have a classically trained composer turned steel pan maestro, heavily influenced by sounds from banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck to rapper Jay-Z . . . It’s a whole new concoction with a jazz edge classical sensibility, that has been described as “joyously inventive” by the Jazz Times. Check them out in the video below:

Purchase tickets for this New Year’s Eve Celebration online here.

Toubab Krewe NYE 2010-2011
Grand Opening of The Blind Tiger
Jonathan Scale Fourchestra opens

Friday, December 31st

$20, doors 8pm, show 9pm
336-272-9888
1819 Spring Garden St
Greensboro, NC 27403
www.theblindtiger.com


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