by | Mar 1, 2017 | Front Country, News | 0 comments


What is Roots Pop music? Out of the San Francisco Bay Area, one band is trying to explore that query. Front Country plays acoustic string instruments but with a sensibility that is far from the back country. During their musical journey, they have merged their acoustic sound with a pop aesthetic, writing and arranging songs that are simultaneously intricate and infectious.

Other Love Songs is Front Country’s Roots Pop opus and promises to be the band’s most intensely creative and original effort yet. The songs are emotional in nature, if not always in subject, and sometimes with a twist, hence the title. This is also the first record relying on lead singer Melody Walker’s songwriting, with 8 of the 12 tracks penned by the lead singer. Two contributions are sophisticated instrumentals composed by mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz. Round out the creative band arrangement style of guitarist Jacob Groopman, bassist Jeremy Darrow, and five-string violinist Leif Karlstrom, and the synergy is electric. The two cover songs on the album are the poignant “Millionaire” by David Olney, and a swampy blues-rock reimagining of the Carter Family’s “Storms Are On The Ocean.”

The collection of original Other Love Songs on the album are “If Something Breaks,” “I Don’t Wanna Die Angry,” “Good Side,” “Undone,” “O Heartbreaker” and “Keep Travelin’.”

“These songs follow the lessons that everyone learns in their own personal evolution toward emotional maturity and vulnerability,” says Melody Walker, “in which all of us learn to break down toxic romantic fairy tales and writer our own Other Love Songs that work for real people in the real world.”

It’s no surprise that Front Country’s musical path has taken the form of Other Love Songs all along, finding their own harmony that plays to the strengths of each member, and not worrying about fitting into a mold.

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About Front Country

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 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 Tour Dates:

Feb 15 @ Folk Alliance International – Kansas City, MO
Feb 25 @ The Station Inn – Nashville, TN
Mar 1 @ Jig and Reel – Knoxville, TN
Mar 2 @ The Down Home – Johnson City. TN
Mar 3 @ The Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
Mar 4 @ The Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC
Mar 5 @ Eddies Attic – Decatur, GA
Mar 8 @ Isis Music Hall – Asheville, NC
Mar 9 @The Southern – Charlottesville, VA
Mar 10 @ The AMP/Strathmore – Bethesda, MD
Mar 11 @ Burning Bridge Tavern – Wrightsville, PA
Mar 12 @ Hardywood Park Craft Brewing – Richmond, VA
Mar 15 @ Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH
Mar 16 @ Parliament Room at Otis Supply – Ferndale, MI
Mar 17 @ The Livery – Benton Harbor, MI
Mar 18 @ Founders Brewing Co. – Grand Rapids, MI
Mar 19 @ Music at Riverdog – The Gallery – Oberlin, OH
Mar 31 @ Winter Wondergrass – Squaw Valley, CA
Apr 4 @ The Big Room at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Chico, CA
Apr 6 @ The Edison – Los Angeles, CA
Apr 7 @ The Palms Playhouse – Winters, CA
Apr 8 @ Don Quixote’s – Felton, CA
Apr 9 @ The Freight and Salvage – Berkeley, CA (Hometown CD Release Show!)
Apr 11 @ Humbrews – Arcata, CA
Apr 12 @ 7 Devils Brewing – Coo’s Bay, OR
Apr 13 @ The Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
Apr 14 @ The White Eagle – Portland, OR
Apr 15 @ The Green Frog – Bellingham, WA
Apr 19 @ Fox Theater – Boulder, CO
Apr 20 @ The Gold Room – Colorado Springs, CO
Apr 21 @ Great Plains Theatre – Abilene, KS
Apr 29 @ Merlefest – Wilkesboro, NC
May 13 @ Estes Park Events Complex – Estes Park, Co
May 18 @ Muddy Creek Music Hall – Winston Salem, NC
May 19 @ Dominion Riverrock Festival – Richmond, VA
May 21 @ Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
Mat 23 @ Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA
May 24 @ The Parlor Room – Northampton, MA
May 25 @ World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
May 26 @ Clementine Cafe – Harrisonburg, VA
May 27 @ White Squirrel Festival – Brevard, NC
May 28 @ Roosters Wife – Aberdeen, TN
Jun 3 @ Ogden Music Festival – Ogden, UT
Jun 11 @ Palisades Bluegrass and Roots Fest – Palisades, CO
Jun 22 @ Kate Wold Music Festival – Laytonville, CA
Jul 8 @ Frankfurt Bluegrass Festival – Frankfurt, IL
Jul 27 @ Rockygrass – Lyons, CO

Press Contacts:

Emily Ginsberg
Big Hassle Media
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Ty Gilpin
A&R, Organic Records
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