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Rock: Jam-band Rock: Americana Rock: Progressive Rock Moods: Mood: Upbeat Moods: Type: Live Recordings

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Fletcher's Grove

Waiting Out the Storm, the forthcoming LP from West Virginian quintet Fletcher’s Grove, is a lyrically driven journey through the diverse roads of contemporary bluegrass in Appalachia. Full of symbolic storytelling and twangy acoustic instrumentation, Fletcher’s Grove craft tunes that paint an emotionally immersive picture for the listener. From longing blues inspired ballads to energetic foot-stomping dancehall tracks and languid ballads Waiting Out the Storm shows a cohesion that can only be achieved through virtuosity.

Fletcher’s Grove have been kicking around West Virginia for close to ten years, with the initial group beginning when its members were still in high school. After finding some success with their debut record All the Way Home in 2009 and getting their feet wet in the regional scene, the group went through a few different lineup changes, releasing 2012’s Appalachian Reaction and 2015’s live album Twenty Fifteen during the process. The band settled into their current configuration prior to recording 2017’s Fletcher’s Grove.

Much like their previous records, Waiting Out the Storm was written through a collaborative effort; featuring songs written by four out of the five members of Fletcher’s Grove, each with their own sonic influences. Beginning as individually written pieces brought to the band as a whole by its creator, the songs were workshopped during the bands ever-present jam sessions.

Waiting Out the Storm features Ryan Krofcheck (vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjitar), Wes Hager (guitar, flute), Matt Marion (vocals, percussion), John Inghram (vocals, bass), and Tommy Bailey (drums), with guest appearances by pedal steel/baritone guitarist by Walt Sarkees, keyboardist Mitchell Sutton (Optimus Riff), and trumpeter Chris Tanzey (Kind Thieves, Black Garlic). It was recorded at Bailey’s studio, Riot City Studios in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Lyrically, the record speaks to the universal, slice-of-life experiences that makes us who we are; the restless longing to explore new vistas, the grit it takes to wait out misery passing, and the pressure inherent in trying to navigate the nonstop reality of life in the new century. Sonically the record shows a wide range of diversity, all while breezily embracing what drummer Bailey calls “an acoustic vibe.”

A well-crafted album, Waiting Out the Storm is a compelling meditation on our shared humanity. Speaking to the innate desire to be recognized and represented, it thoughtfully presents a myriad of feelings throughout its melodic meanderings. Bailey sums it up eloquently; “great music teaches us a little something about the world we live in and maybe a little something about ourselves.”

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