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!
This is the beginning of my new website/blog that I started to help keep everyone informed about all things Stickley. I’ve been playing bass with Town Mountain this summer, and have gotten to travel the country and play some really great festivals including Merlefest, Gettysburg Bluegrass Fest, Crested Butte Bluegrass Fest, and more! Also gotten to see many old friends that are now spread across the country.
Another thing I have been putting my energy into is the Jon Stickley Trio. This project has taken shape over the past year, and has included some really excellent musicians including Lyndsay Pruett, Bobby Britt, Ryan Oslance, Billy Gilmore, Jeff Stickley, Mike Ashworth, Joseph Scott, Sav Sankaran, and others. We’ve tried a few different instrumental configurations, and I’ve decided I like Guitar, Fiddle, Drums the best. The lineup is still flexible at this point, and this weekend we’ll be doing a show at Jack of the Wood in Asheville, NC with myself on guitar, Lyndsay Pruett (Futureman) on Violin, and Mike Ashworth (5th House) on Drums. We’ll be playing some tunes of my album Lions, the Palm Tree EP I released last year, and of course some bluegrass/jazz/trip-hop/trancepunk that we’ve brewing!
Another show the trio is really stoked about is the Shakori Hills Music Festival! I’ve been lucky enough to attend most of these and have performed there with the Big Fat Gap, as well as Shannon Whitworth. This is really one of the best festivals out there!
Thanks for checking out the new site, and stay tuned for more to come!!!