In Tune With Musicians
Band members: Patrick Sites, acoustic mandolin/electric mandolin and lead and backup vocals; Brian Coddington, acoustic guitar and lead and backup vocals; Howard Montgomery, upright bass and backup vocals; Joe Turman, fiddle; and Alex Jacobson, drums/percussion
Type of music played: High-octane dancegrass/jamgrass deeply rooted in bluegrass, funk, jazz, swing, techno, rock, reggae, country and bluesBand’s home base: Fort CollinsWhen was the band formed? 2004Most memorable city, town or country the band has played: NedFest in Nederland
Ever break a city or neighborhood noise ordinance? NoWhat’s the best part of playing mountain towns? Being in the mountains, and the people. Mountain fans adopt you and make you feel right at home.Which three musicians, living or dead, would the band jam with if it could? (Have jammed with) Sam Bush, David Grisman, Railroad EarthWhat’s the best advice the band has received in the business? Stay as independent as possible.
What’s the worst advice the band has received in the business? Play “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” or “Freebird”Biggest influences: Grisman, Bush, Stephane Grapelli, O’Connor, McCoury, Miles Davis, BB King, Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia, Allman Brothers, etc.What message would you like people to hear in your music? Freedom of expression and directionWhere have you seen the wildest audience? Buckhorn Bar, Laramie, Wyo. Things need to be nailed down – maybe people too. Several somersaults witnessed.Ever been confused for another band? No
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