Incoming: Jon Stickley Trio’s 3rd Full-Length

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Jamming North Carolina outfit explores the outer limits.

BY BLURT STAFF

Asheville’s Jon Stickley Trio – guitarist Stickley, violinist Lyndsay Pruett, and Patrick Armitage on drums – dropped a surprise EP, Triangular, back in December, a stopgap followup to 2015’s outstanding Lost at Last. Now they’re prepping a new full-length for a May 12 release. Titled Maybe Believe, it was cut at Echo Mountain Studios with producer Dave King of the Bad Plus, who enthuses, “The latest record from the Jon Stickley Trio flexes new and strong muscles, utilizing more progressive structures and deeper pockets than ever before. All the while, the group retains its place as a modern-thinking acoustic ensemble with one foot in tradition and the other in a bluegrass honored future that allows for the avant garde, punk, and be bop to mix in freely and tastefully.”

It’s the second time to the well with the Trio and King, and it marks yet another phase in the group’s evolution – anyone who’s ever seen them play knows that “bluegrass” barely describes the sound, which to BLURT’s ears is akin to a fusion outfit covering Sonic Youth, if Sonic Youth were a bluegrass band. Maybe David Grisman guest-starring as well. It’s that unclassifiable, pure high energy and sonically challenging, yet deeply melodic and with irresistible rhythms.

Stickley says, “We had just gotten to know Dave last time and had such a good time. Bringing him in again takes the whole thing up a notch. It was a completely different experience, after traveling all over the place touring [in 2016 the Trio drove over 50,000 miles], over time we’ve developed a cohesion as a band where we intimately know each other and can feel where each other is wanting to go and respond. It’s developed into a tight musical relationship.”

Below, check out a video of the band during recording sessions, along with upcoming tour dates and album tracklisting – of the latter, can we assert that it’s unlikely you’ll ever come across an album with songcredits for both Bill Monroe and Aphex Twin?

Track Listing:

1. Jewels 2:03
2. Playpeople 4:36
3. Almost With You 3:39
4. Slow Burn 4:47
5. Jerusalem Ridge (Bill Monroe) 5:36
6. Avril 14th (Richard James a.k.a. Aphex Twin) 1:59
7. Cecil 4:36
8. Microbruise 3:19
9. The Price of Being Nice (Lyndsay Pruett) 3:39
10. Mt. Sandia Swing 4:23
11. Birdland Breakdown (John Reischman) 3:54
12. Lady Time (Lyndsay Pruett) 3:44

Tour Dates:
3/15 Wed – The Station Inn – Nashville, TN *w/ The Dustbowl Revival
3/16 Thu – The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/ The Dustbowl Revival
3/17-18 Fri-Sat – Anastasia Music Festival @ St. Augustine Amphitheater – St. Augustine, FL
3/21 Tue – Taos Mesa Brewing – El Prado, NM
3/22 Wed – House Concert – Albuquerque, NM
3/23 Thu – Last Exit Live – Phoenix, AZ
3/24 Fri – Coconino Center For The Arts – Flagstaff, AZ
3/25 Sat – Seven Grand – San Diego, CA
3/29 Wed – Throckmorton Theatre – Mill Valley, CA
3/30 Thu – Neck of the Woods – San Francisco, CA
3/31-4/1 Fri-Sat – WinterWonderGrass – North Lake Tahoe, CA
4/6 Thu – The Stage at KDHX – St. Louis, MO
4/7 Fri – Rhythm and Blooms Festival – Knoxville, TN
4/8 Sat – Albino Skunk Festival – Greer, SC
4/12 Wed – Willie’s Locally Known – Lexington, KY
4/13 Thu – The Fire Pit’s Side Bar – Milwaukee, WI
4/14 Fri – Mid West Music Festival – LaCrosse, WI
4/15 Sat – Two Brothers Roundhouse – Aurora, IL
4/29 Sat – WV Craft Brew Fest – Lewisburg, WV
5/12-13 – Fri-Sat – LEAF – Black Mountain, NC
5/19 Fri – Lower Town Arts & Music Festival – Paducah, KY
5/20 Sat – Moonshiner’s Ball – Berea, KY
5/26 Fri – Rooster Walk – Martinsville, VA
6/8 Thu – Founders Brewing – Grand Rapids, MI
6/9 Fri – Parliament Room at Otus Supply – Ferndale, MI
6/10-11 Sat-Sun – NorEastr Festival @ County Fairgrounds – Mio, MI
7/15 Sat – Red Wing Roots Music Festival – Mount Solon, VA
7/29-30 Sat-Sun – FloydFest – Floyd, VA

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