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September 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Frazier, The A-Session musician’s musician, known for his brilliant mastery of the mandolin, guitar and the fiddle, is about to launch his sophomore album for FrazierBand. He has created an entirely new sound, developed by combining past musical influences of bluegrass, rock, and roots music, into what is being penned as “Progressive Bluegrass Fusion” and “Newgrass.”
John is a Philadelphia native and educated at the Episcopal Academy and the University of Colorado-Boulder. He brings a powerful, eclectic history as an acoustic and bluegrass performer into his leadership of FrazierBand. Moving to Nashville in the winter of 2006/2007, the veteran musician quickly established himself among Music City’s elite acoustic performers and is the liver and session musician of choice by such mentors as John Cowan and Jim Lauderdale due to his superlative musicianship.
Frazier’s earlier group Hit & Run Bluegrass made history as the first band to win both prestigious band competitions at Rockygrass (2002) and Telluride Bluegrass Festival (2003). One of the state’s most electrifying acoustic touring acts, the group brought its all-string, “authentic yet modern” bluegrass throughout the U.S. and Canada, including top festivals like Grey Fox and High Sierra. In 2005, they also won first place at the SPBGMA Band Championship in Nashville and showcased at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual conference.
In addition to scoring plum spots in newgrass ensemble John Cowan Band and Grammy winning Jim Lauderdale Bluegrass Band, he toured and performed with bluegrass legends Del McCoury, Tony Rice and JD Crowe as well as newgrass pioneers Sam Bush and Bela Fleck. John’s other newgrass influences are: Jerry Garcia, Paul Simon, Bill Monroe, Marty Raybon, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Little Feat, Paul Brady, The Bothy Band, and many other great artists from both the US and UK.
In 2009, Frazier toured with film and comedy legend Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers. During the tour, Frazier, Martin, and the Rangers co-wrote the song “Go Away, Stop, Turn Around, Come Back,” that Martin recorded on, Rare Bird Alert.
John has performed at venues all across the U.S. and overseas. These include the Grande Ole Opry, The Kennedy Center, Telluride Bluegrass Festival (four times), Merlefest, Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival (Bean Blossom), Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, The Station Inn, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Royal Festival Hall in London. He has also appeared on “Later with Jools Holland” on the BBC, and nationwide in the US on manyl PBS broadcasts.
John Frazier has further developed his freewheeling musical creativity with FrazierBand, a group he launched in 2010. The multi-talented singer/songwriter and mandolin, guitar and fiddle master spent a whirlwind two years and 125-dates on the road with acoustic and electric banjo players Matt Menefee and Kyle Tuttle and drummer James Kittleman.
The group continues to solidify their inventive mix of rock and newgrass via the infectious hook driven pop tunes from FrazierBand, their critically acclaimed 2012 debut album. The Nashville Scene said, “Frazier’s compositions, which account for most of the album’s material, are nicely executed blends of jazz, string band music and more, and both the picking and the singing are top-shelf.”
While showcasing John’s wide ranging skills as a vocalist and on mandolin, guitar and fiddle, the group’s new album Some People Change will also feature some of his most compelling original tunes ever. He has penned the spirited, “The Rod & The Cane” as a song of encouragement to a friend going through some intense life struggles, but it became a personal cathartic journey as well.