Jon Stickley Trio has earned a reputation for painlessly shattering expectations. 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 bluegrass, gypsy jazz, and hip-hop, Jon Stickley, one of the world’s most innovative flatpickers, violinist Lyndsay Pruett (Futureman), and drummer Patrick Armitage (Atmosphere), have fused their collective styles into a repertoire of exciting, innovative original music, along with fresh takes on traditional tunes. They are set to release a new album, Lost at Last, in October of 2015.
The album was recorded in Asheville, NC’s 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.
Lost at Last features six original tunes, along with covers of The Bad Plus, Tim O’Brien, and Bela Fleck. The record also includes a traditional gypsy jazz waltz, and ends with Andy Thorn’s banjo ripper, “Flight of the Durban,” all done in the Trio’s signature explosive style.
The virtuosic trio’s compositions truly do not fit into any specific genre, but remain totally accessible and danceable to audiences across the board, while remaining true to their musical roots. The Trio successfully raised over $18,000 in a Kickstarter campaign that solidified the band’s fan base with over 300 people pre-ordering CDs, and pledging their support.
In their short time together, the trio has shared the stage with The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Larry Keel, Leon Russell, amongst others and 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.”
"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.
Jon Stickley Trio travels through Colorado’s Front Range in late June. They pick back up for a hometown show with The Hackensaw Boys in Asheville in mid-July followed by performances in Virginia, Georgia, and Tennessee. More shows to be announced.
Jon Stickley Trio on Tour
6/6 Sat - Nantahala Brewing Co - Bryson City, NC
6/24 Wed - Barkley Ballroom - Frisco, CO
6/25 Thu - Cervantes’ Other Side - Denver, CO
6/26 Fri - Clear Creek RapidGrass - Idaho Springs, CO
6/27 Sat - Oskar Blues - Longmont, CO
6/28 Sun - Oskar Blues - Lyons, CO
7/10 Fri - RiverMUSIC - Asheville, NC *
7/11 Sat - Red Wing Roots - Mt. Solon, VA
7/16/15 - Red Light Cafe - Atlanta, GA
7/17/15 - Wolf Hills Brewing - Abingdon, VA
7/18/15 - Jig and Reel - Knoxville, TN
7/23/15 - Zia Taqueria - Asheville, NC
7/24/15 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC ^
7/31/15 - Summer Concert at the Jones House, Boone, NC
7/31/15 - Murphy's - Boone, NC
8/7/15 - Gottrocks, Greenville, SC
8/8/15 - Soulshine Music Festival - Green Mountain, NC
8/20/15 - Zia Taqueria - Asheville, NC
9/05 Sat - Four Corners Folk Festival - Pagosa Springs, CO
* w/ The Hackensaw Boys
^ w/ Big Fat Gap