Knitting Factory Presents
Front Country, Kristin Andreassen, Unruly Mane
$10 ADV | $12 DOS
A portion of every ticket sold is donated to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a charity that provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. For more info go to www.sweetrelief.org.
Don't ask Front Country what kind of music they play. Just listen.
What started as a group of friends playing bluegrass in San Francisco's Mission District has morphed into a touring powerhouse of song and sound, transcending their humble stringband roots. Front Country's dynamic instrumental textures take flight with grace and gravitas while rooted in the relentlessly soulful vocals of lead singer-songwriter Melody Walker. Along with mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz, guitarist Jacob Groopman, violinist Leif Karlstrom and bassist Jeremy Darrow, this quintet has been called "passionately intoxicating" and "orchestral" and Melody's bluesy vocals have been described as "rafter-shaking". Seldom traditional, always original, Front Country's new album Sake of the Sound is out now.
Kristin Andreassen is a singer, a writer and a percussive dancer who combines those skills in musical performances that are both “inventive” (The New Yorker) and “haunting” (NPR’s Folk Alley). Before embarking on her solo career, Kristin toured and recorded with both the stringband Uncle Earl (w/ Abigail Washburn, Rayna Gellert & KC Groves) and the "folk noir” singing trio Sometymes Why (w/ Aoife O'Donovan & Ruth Ungar). She became known in those projects especially for the creativity and emotional breadth in her lyrics. Her songwriting spans the playfulness of her #1 hit children's song "Crayola Doesn't Make a Color for Your Eyes” (featured on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion and covered by artists of all ages including Tyne Daly and several high school marching bands) and the visceral truth in her war ballad “How the Water Walks” (“Dawn has barely broken when they call us up above / I’m thinking only of my life. Sorry, my love.”).
With her 2015 studio album debut Gondolier, Kristin began touring under her own name. Her live show made Top 10 lists at Pop Matters and NPR’s Mountain Stage last year. A 5th generation Oregonian, Kristin currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
Kristin has had the privilege of collaborating, recording and touring with a wide range of artists including John Paul Jones and Dirk Powell, (who each produced albums for Uncle Earl), Jeffrey Lewis (with whom she played fiddle and keyboards on several European tours), Mark Schatz (who produced and played bass on her first solo album Kiss Me Hello) and Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble (with whom she toured as a clogger and dance teacher). She has recently performed with or opened for Aoife O'Donovan, Noam Pikelny and Chris Eldridge (of Punch Brothers), Black Prairie, Alec Spiegelman (of Cuddle Magic), Jefferson Hamer, Dawn Landes, Lucius, and many more marvelous artists ranging from folk to anti-folk with diversions in pop and punk alongtheway.
When called upon to do so, Kristin loves calling square dances. She led dances last year at the Newport Folk Festival, The Winter & Summer Hoot, the mothly Louisville square dance and at a variety of private parties and events. She is also an experienced teacher, especially of dance and songwriting. As the founder and co-director of Miles of Music Camp, she programs and hosts three annual all-ages multi-genre music workshops in Brooklyn, Boston and on a private island in New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee.