Andy in Banjo Newsletter!
Be sure to check out Andy's September cover story in Banjo Newlsetter! Interviewed by good friend Joe Troop of Che Apalache, it covers lots of fun topics including Frontiers Like These and playing in Leftover Salmon. Also includes tabs for "Thornado" and "Isabelle's Wake". Full story at
Fontiers Like These available now!
After a decade of touring and three studio albums with legendary jam band Leftover Salmon, banjoist Andy Thorn is releasing his first solo recording in eight years. To make this album, he called in his oldest friends, who now happen to be in meteoric acoustic bands, including Mandolin Orange, Town Mountain, and Jon Stickley Trio.
The decades of Carolina-based picking friendships are palpable from the first notes.
Frontiers Like These was recorded at Chapel Hill’s Rubber Room. It was Christmastime, so everyone was back in town, visiting family. The recording sessions felt like a Carolina bluegrass family reunion, but most of these songs were actually written at 7300 feet above sea level, in Thorn’s high-altitude Colorado home.
Thorn moved from North Carolina to Colorado in 2008 to join the Emmit-Nershi band (featuring Bill Nershi of the String Cheese Incident). Immediately addicted to the skiing, mountain biking, and and high alpine wildflower-viewing, he fell hard for his new home. (He also fell for a weed broker and local journalist, whose story of becoming the nation’s first licensed pot broker is told in “Blazing New Frontiers”.)
With exciting instrumentation and lush harmonies, these songs paint a high-altitude view of American joys and sorrows — particularly climate change and economic inequality.
Musicians: Andrew Marlin (Mandolin, Vocals),
Jon Stickley (Guitar), Bobby Britt (Fiddle), Miles Andrews (Bass), Emily Frantz (Harmony Vocals), Alwyn Robinson (Drums)
Broke Mountain At Telluride Bluegrass Festival
So excited to have a Broke Mountain reunion at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival this summer! Hard to believe its been over ten years since we placed our last show! The band Includes Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass, Travis Book of the Infamous Stringdusters, Jon Stickley ,And Robin Davis. Gonna be a wild good time!