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!
I had a blast earlier this month when JS3 opened for the Infamous Stringdusters in Roanoke and Chapel Hill! Here a couple videos from the show. Big thanks to the ’Dusters for inviting me up to pick a couple with ‘em. Son!
Wow! What a great FESTY that was. Thanks to the Infamous Stringdusters and everyone who helped put on such a great event! Della Mae, Lake Street Dive, Leftover Salmon, and Chris Pandolfi’s banjo workshop were highlights. Some good late night picking in a very beautiful place… Hope to make it back to that one!
Wow, just realizing that my last post was in December… Someone’s been slacking… It’s been a whirlwind of a year in every way! I’ve spent most of my time on the road with Town Mountain making stops including Finland, Canada, and many more all across the US. In between all that we did manage to get to COlorado with the trio for what ended up to be a great trip with some great stops in Carbondale, IL, Boulder, Salida, and State Bridge! Can’t wait to get back. We also had a CD release show with Mandolin Orange at The Bywater here in Asheville, NC. It’s been great to hear the new trio record on air a few times as well. Thanks to Keith Weston and Freddy Jenkins of Back Porch Music at WUNC, as well as Martin, Roland, Joe, Laura, and Dennis here at WNCW. Thank you for your unending support of local music! Check out the new tour dates I just added and come see us soon here’s a link to our new record featuring Andy Thorn, Bobby Britt, Mike Ashworth, and Lyndsay Pruett.
Just wrapped up a great weekend with the JSTrio. Playing the Speakeasy in Carborro was a blast! Big shoutout to all those who came out. Lyndsay and I enjoyed playing as a duo, venturing into some uncharted musical territory and following some unexpected turns as we worked our way through the set. As usual, the Chapel Hill late-night-hang did not dissapoint, Happy Birthday Miles!
Friday, we met up with my brother Jeff to jam a little bit before heading up to Lexington, NC for out show at High Rock Outfitters. It was awesome having Jeff on drums! His indy rock stylings and bluegrass sensibilities were a perfect fit tor the trio. Hope to make that happen again soon… we talked about joining up for some shows with his band Hammer No More The Fingers. I’d like to get the trio in front of the rock crowd and see what happens! I think they will like it? We shared the stage with Underhill Rose who played an amazing set, what talent! They’re another group I would love to play with again sometime.
Saturday, we headed up to Jack of Hearts in Weaverville. This show was with Mike Ashworth on the drums, and proved to be the pinnacle experience of the weekend! It was the first time we have peformed as this version of the trio since recording the new album back in November… before the show I asked Mike if he had gotten a chance to listen back to the material and brush up for the gig, and the answer was a straightforward, no. In Mike’s case this is not a problem… he proceeded to absolutely obliterate song after song. He might be the best drummer ever. Thanks Mike! I can’t wait to get the album out! Thanks to everyone who made it out to this show. Happy Birthday Dorothy! I hoped you liked your song: Stairway to Free Wagonwheel. Also, we just booked this version of the trio to play White Squirrel Festival down in Brevard on May 26th!!! We’ll be playing at 7:30pm right before Firecracker Jazz Band. SON!
Wrapped it all up with Bluegrass Brunch at the One Stop in Asheville. Talk about a good Bloody Mary Bar! Great Weeked, thanks to everyone, can’t wait to do it again soon!
Its been a long hard 55 degree winter, but I think things are about to thaw… the first sign of spring is the Jon Stickley Trio gettting back on the road! Looking forward to an exciting spring of music making, and sharing the music we’ve been working on recording all winter! Thats right, the Jon Stickley Trio album is nearly complete and I cant wait to share it with all of you… stay tuned for details concerning this. We are leaving today for Carborro to play the Speakeasy (takin’ it back to the Big Fat Gap glory days! Hopefully some of them will come out and play with us tonight). Tomorrow night (Fri) we’ll be heading to Lexington, NC to play High Rock Outfitters with Underhill Rose. For this show the trio will consist of Jeff Stickley of Hammer No More The Fingers on drums, ad Lyndsay Pruett on fiddle. Can’t wait! Then Saturday, heading up to Weaverville to play Jack of Hearts! This trio will be Mike Ashworth on drums and Lyndsay Pruett on fiddle (THE ALBUM BAND!!!). Looking forward to gettting the band back together that recorded the album this past winter. Its been a real pleasure playing with so many wonderful artists as part of the Jon Stickley Trio. Just a quick shoutout to those who have been a part so far- Lyndsay Pruett, Bobby Britt, Andy Thorn, Jeff Sipe, Sav Sankaran, Joseph Scott, Stig Stiglets, Ryan Oslance, Jason Flornoy, Jeff Stickley, Mike Ashworth, John Frazier… and to those who are yet to come including, Tony Rice, Skrillex, Pink, David Grisman, and Michael Jordan! Man it feels good to be back in my website. Much Love! Stick
p.s. look out for BEARS!