Knitting Factory Presents
The Last Revel, Jon Stickley Trio, Tacoma Narrows
From the budding music scene of the Upper Midwest comes the cutting edge Front Porch Americana soundscapes of The Last Revel. This powerfully talented trio of multi-instrumentalists from Minneapolis, Minnesota so naturally blends the genres of Folk, Rockabilly, Old Time String-Band and Rock to create a sound that is as equally original as it is timeless. The Last Revel trio utilizes their multi-instrumental abilities to bring the acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, 5-string banjo, harmonica, kick drum and three-part vocal harmonies together to consistently deliver “Bombastic live performances,” as well as delicate and haunting folk ballads.
With their second, self titled, album released in May of 2015, The Last Revel further demonstrates their ability to create rich and delicately textured recorded material with a modern “tip of the hat” to the storied history of American folk music.
The originality and sheer energy of this genre-bending ensemble serves as a welcome wake up call for those who experience it. With roots in gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and hip-hop in an “exhilarating all-acoustic swirl” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine), Jon Stickley Trio combines Jon Stickley’s rapid-fire flatpicking
guitar with the sultry and wild, yet refined, melodies of Lyndsay Pruett on
violin set over the deep groove of Patrick Armitage on drums.
The New York Times’ Nate
Chinen writes “… there’s hardy cohesion among the players — no less on
the Gypsy standard ‘Valse de Wasso’ than on ‘Darth Radar’ a turbocharged
original with a ska upbeat and a shredding melody. And when Mr. Stickley and
friends turn to bluegrass, as on ‘The High Road,’ by Tim O’Brien, they sound
both respectful and free.” Premier Guitar Magazine also took note of “Darth Radar,” with Jason Shadrick
calling it, “a rapid-fire take that moves from a serious ska beat to burning
surf-style runs that would make Dick Dale proud.”
Greensky Bluegrass’ Anders
Beck says of Jon, “Sure, comparisons to previous musicians are a
good way to explain a new artist to the masses, but to do so is to cheat
Stickley of what he really is: a damn genius, a musical mastermind, and one of
the most unique, creative, and inventive guitar players I've ever heard…
Stickley's guitar playing shares as much in common with the flow of the
greatest rappers of all time as it does with his flatpicking heroes...”