What started as a reluctant band of some of the hottest young pickers in the SF Bay Area has transformed into a hard-touring powerhouse Roots-Pop ensemble that is stretching the boundaries of Bluegrass and Americana until they break. Lead singer, Melody Walker, is a force of nature onstage, wrapping audiences around her big bluesy vocals and extemporaneous undulations until they scream for more. Along with mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz, guitarist Jacob Groopman, violinist Leif Karlstrom and bassist Jeremy Darrow, Front Country uses every inch of it's stringband instrumentation to explore textures and dynamics from chamber folk to rock and roll, with earnest, open harmonies that have been called "passionately intoxicating". Their original songwriting and hand-selected covers lean toward a bold pop and rock perspective that is unique in the roots music realm.
After winning the Telluride and RockyGrass band contests in 2013, and releasing their critically acclaimed album "Sake of the Sound" in 2014, Front Country decided to take its potential to the next level, becoming a full-time band and playing over 120 shows and festivals in 2015. Highlights in 2015 year included Grey Fox, MerleFest, Strawberry, Bluegrass Underground and a first UK Tour, as well as sharing the stage with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Travelin' McCourys and the Hard Working Americans. Heading into 2016, the band opened for Leftover Salmon for two nights before embarking on an extensive winter tour that saw then headlining the Anchorage Folk Fest in Alaska and the Winter Village festival in Ithaca along with appearances at Big Sky Big Grass in Montana and the Mid Winter Bluegrass Festival in Denver. After a successful tour of the Northwest opening for jam grass veterans Hot Buttered Rum, Front Country took a few months off to prepare for and record their next full length album to be released in 2017. They also made their debut appearance to a packed Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco playing to their biggest hometown crowd to date. Front Country is currently on a massive summer tour that will take them to festivals all across the country and the world! They will make appearances at ROMP, Red Wing Roots, Grey Fox, Bristol Rhythm and Roots just to name a few before embarking on a string of headliner performances around the country this fall.
Ian Fitzgerald is a folk singer and songwriter. Based in New England, Ian has toured throughout the United States. Ian has independently released four albums of original material and has become known for his storytelling and skillful use of language. In their review of his latest album, No Time To Be Tender , Performer Magazine called Ian "a polished songsmith who is high atop a field of great artists breaking through to festival and folk concerts throughout the States." That breakthrough has included acclaimed performances at the 2015 and 2016 Newport Folk Festivals. Ian will release his next album, You Won't Even Know I'm Gone, in late 2016.