BY TOM NETHERLANDS | HERALD COURIER SPECIAL
San Francisco adopted Metallica from metal and Grateful Dead from Jerry Garcia.
So why not Front Country, a progressive acoustic group armed with bluegrass instruments?
“We’re like mad scientists,” said Melody Walker, Front Country lead singer.
As if emerging from a petri dish, Front Country returns to Bristol to lead the Society’s 1927 concert series on Saturday. Watch the vibrant group in the intimate theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia.
“Everyone in this group has a music degree in jazz or classical,” Walker said by phone from Brattleboro, Vermont. “We are very familiar with string orchestral music. We have a lot of respect for music.
The members of what eventually became Front Country met at a beehive cafe in San Francisco. A jam session in progress, they dived, clicked, and thus began a whole journey. The year 2011.
“We came together around our common love for bluegrass and string orchestral music,” Walker said. “We did RockyGrass (a bluegrass festival in Colorado) in 2012, entered the band’s competition. We won and I started our website the next day.
Fast ascent, right? An EP, “This is Front Country” was released in 2013. Only thing, the tour did not open for Front Country until they won a hotly contested group competition in 2013 in Colorado during of the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival.