Strangefolk puts the strange in acoustic folk music
BRECKENRIDGE -Strangefolk isn’t just any jam band. Its musicianship showcases quality songwriting, three- and four-part harmonies, scorching guitar solos and gritty grooves.”The name of the band says it all. It’s strange folk music,” said guitarist, songwriter and singer Luke Montgomery. “It’s acoustic-based rock ‘n’ roll with kind of a bizarre, jammy sound to it.”The band began in 1991 with two recent college graduates and eventually morphed into a five-piece band with a larger, fatter sound.Original members Luke Smith (on drums) and Erik Glockler (on bass) added lead guitarist Jon Trafton a few years ago.”Jon puts the “strange’ in Strangefolk,” Montgomery said. “His guitar sound is very idiosyncratic.”Two years ago, Montgomery joined the band, and the latest addition to Strangefolk came with keyboardist Don Scott.”We have five distinct musical personalities,” Montgomery said. “People focus on their favorite person in the band, but five unique sounds come together and blend into a musical ensemble.”The cohesiveness weaves sophisticated, exploratory improvisations with catchy melodies and amazing harmonies.”In terms of the whole jam band scene, we write pretty good tunes, as opposed to writing rollicking, long songs,” he said. “We try to write pop tunes, almost. I write songs from my acoustic guitar – certain songs come out. Lyrics can come from anything – watching TV, being in the band. Vocally, we’re pretty impeccable. We do three- and four-part harmonies all the time. In our live performances, our goal is to mix it up. We have more than 100 songs, so we make each night exciting.”Strangefolk’s latest CD release is “Coast to Coast,” which serves to whet the appetite for its live shows.Strangefolk jams at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Sherpa & Yeti’s. Tickets are $10.
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