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An acoustic band born in the land of tech innovation, Front Country was never going to be accepted as an authentic American roots band out of the gate. Cutting their teeth in progressive bluegrass jams in San Francisco’s Mission District and rehearsing in the East Bay, they learned to play roots music their own way, with the tools they had on hand. The group consists of a mandolinist with a degree in composition and classical guitar, a guitarist trained in rock and world music, a bassist equally versed in jazz and bluegrass, a violinist with technique that could seamlessly hop between honky-tonk and electropop, and a female lead singer with grit and soul who is also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. In a wood-paneled country dive bar in the shadow of the San Francisco skyline, Front Country forged a sound hell-bent on merging the musical past with the future.
In the bluegrass world, musicians tend to define themselves by their tradition and discipline. But Front Country is defined by its no-rules approach.
Lead singer and songwriter for progressive bluegrass band Front Country, Melody Walker is an outspoken force.
Fans of modern acoustic music will find much to enjoy in their more experimental approach within the traditional bluegrass quintet.
One of the best up-and-coming progressive and forward-thinking bluegrass bands on the rise is Front Country.
—Arizona Daily Sun