Hard to believe we’re wrapping up 2013 woooah… Been a whirlwind of a year, and I’d like to thank everyone who has been a part of all of the music I’ve been lucky enough to make this year. Keep an eye on our tour dates for holiday shows. In the studio this week producing Jesse Iaquinto’s “Fireside Collective” album featuring some of Asheville and East Tennessee’s finest. great to be working in the Sound Temple again with Robert George. Also this month, I’ll be working in another great Asheville Studio with members of Steep Canyon Rangers, Leftover Salmon, Town Mountain, and more to record Songs From The Road Band III.
Visualite Charlotte 11/1
Greenfield Lake Wilmington 11/3
Cats Cradle Carrboro 11/7
looking forward to jammin’ with these boys!
So proud to be part of the WUNC Back Porch Music sampler CD this year! WUNC is one of the best public radio stations in the world, and Back Porch Music played all weekend long in my house growing up. The Back Porch Music Sampler CD will be used during the fall fund drive as a prize I believe, so make sure to call in and pledge some dough to keep this amazing station up and running.
As unique a band as I’ve heard in quite some time, Jon Stickley and his trio are on the forefront of the newgrass movement. While reading the band’s bio, I realized I’ve heard John’s work in a variety of other regional bands, but nothing quite like this. The Jon Stickley Trio not only walks a line between bluegrass and jazz, but completely blurs that line in the process. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a more perfect union of any genres of music as on Jon Stickley Trio, nor did I ever anticipate that these two particular genres would ever blend so seamlessly. Of course, in the hands of less-skilled musicians, they might not, but in the hands of Lyndsay Pruett, Bobby Britt and others, this album simply shines with song after song of fantastically energetic, progressive “jazzgrass.” The arrangements are superb and fresh, and give someone like Bela Fleck a real run for his money. I don’t say this often, but Jon Stickley Trio is the kind of album that reminds me that while I’ve been playing music for over twenty years, I still don’t have the kind I chops I wish I did.
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The title says it all. I have been hearing about Floydfest for so long now that the anticipation of performing there last weekend was almost too much to handle, and it did not disappoint! What a beautiful place! Also the lineup included a lot of groups that I have heard for years on WNCW 88.7 and finally got a chance to see including, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Devil Makes 3, Jason Isbell, Lake Street Dive, Gogol Bordello, and Xavier Rudd. I so very much hope to play there again next year! For any of you reading this who were there and would like to check out my music, here’s a link:
Lots been going on since the last post here… one highlight was being part of the 40th Telluride Bluegrass Festival! Greensky Bluegrass hosted a Broke Mountain reunion featuring myself, Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon), Travis Book (Infamous Stringdusters), Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass), and Robin Davis. It was fun to remember what a great band that really was… Pretty sure we will be reuniting again in the not-too-distant future.
After Telluride I wandered down to my old stomping grounds of Durango, CO and played some gigs with my old buddy and bandmate, Robin Davis. He has a solo project called the Robin Davis Unit and another croup called Waiting On Trial.
The other two members of the Jon Stickley Trio flew out and met me for the 1st annual Gunnygrass festival in Gunnison, CO, where we had an epic weekend sitting in and hanging out with Grant Farm, Whitewater Ramble, and some other great Colorado bands. We absolutely love it out there, and can’t wait to get back again soon!
Upon our return from the smoky west, the trio celebrated the 4th of July as part of Border Bash, an event that is put on by the folks at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion that we are playing in September. We shared the stage with L Shape Lot, a killer band from the beach who we gave become good friends with this year. Our 4th of July tour of western Virginia was beautiful, and filled with friendly people. Thanks also to Wolf Hills Brewery and Mountain Lake Lodge for having us. Such a great part of the country!
Jon Stickley Trio | Fox Theater | Boulder, CO | 2/16/2013.
Spring is here… Finally! A lot’s been going on here in Stickley world. I was thrilled to be a part of Suwanee Springfest again. There was some rain, but it didn’t stop it from being one of the most fun events I’ve ever been a part of. Had a blast sitting in with Leftover Salmon and Darol Angor and jamming at the campgrounds all weekend. I’ve started a couple of new projects that I am very excited about… Stickley Brothers is a band I started with my brother Jeff. We’ve had a blast doing some short tours, opening for Infamous Stringdusters, and appearing last weekend at the one and only, Birdfest! Jeff and I have been on separate musical journey’s up to this point, and its an absolute pleasure to be performing with him. We’ll be at RoosterWalk this weekend! I’ve also rounded up some of my favorite buddies from Asheville and started a punk electric project tentatively called The Clurbs, as well as JS Bluegrass Trio with Drew Mautlich and John Owen. Music is such an amazing journey! Looking forward to heading to Colorado soon for Gunnygrass, with Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, and Magfest to follow!
Hey y’all! It’s been a busy couple months. I’ve got a new solo album in the can. It’s been fun playing with the Trio at the newly opened Isis Music Hall. We’ll be playing there again Jan.28, and celebrating Our drummer Ryan’s last show with us before he moves to California. It will also be the kickoff to our Best Tour Ever, So Far Tour, which kicks off on the Mountain Song at Sea Cruise from Miami to the Bahamas and back. Guests on the ship include David Grisman, Tim O’Brien, Bryan Sutton, Larry Keel, Del McCoury, Punch Brothers, Della Mae, Deadly Gentlemen, Town Mountain, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Jon Stickley Trio… Really? Crazy! After the boat gets back Lyndsay Pruett and I will be joining Billy Gilmore and his various groups for a week of performances in South Florida, see Tour dates for info. From here, the Trio heads to Colorado opening for the Infamous Stingdusters Ski Tour 2013. We’ll be playing with them in Durango, Aspen, and One of their 2 shows at the Fox Theater in Boulder, CO. I feel extremely blessed to be a part of all of these events and am excited to share our new music with some new and old friends!