Front Country kicks off Folk Sessions 10th season

Front Country performs Tuesday, June 6, at Highlands Center for Natural History.

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Front Country performs Tuesday, June 6, at Highlands Center for Natural History.

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Front Country, a five-piece bluegrass band with no drummer, tours across the country and has won band competitions. See Front Country’s Facebook page for tour dates and more photos.

Though concerts usually aren’t on Tuesday nights, Folk Sessions Director Tom Agostino said that Tuesday, June 6, presents itself as an opportunity for a really cool concert. Kicking off Folk Sessions’ 10th season, Bay Area bluegrass quintet Front Country will be performing at the Highlands Center, 1375 S. Walker Road, at 7 p.m.

They’re not the average bluegrass band, Agostino said, noting that they’re not only bigger than the average touring band with five members, but they also don’t have a drummer.

“They’re five string players,” Agostino said, commenting on lead vocalist Melody Walker’s “big presence.”

Walker also plays guitar alongside Adam Roszkiewicz on the mandolin, Jacob Groopman on the guitar, Leif Karlstrom on the violin and Jeremy Darrow on the bass. Tickets are $20 and available online at www.folksessions.com and at the Highlands Center Gift Shop.

With this season featuring an Americana sound, it wasn’t necessarily going to be at the Highlands Center, but the opportunity arose, Agostino said. It’s really cool though, he added, mentioning he really gets excited about good music and looks forward getting to hear them in the outdoor nature center.

Not only that, but bands of this caliber don’t usually come to Prescott and going to see them usually means heading to Flagstaff, Agostino said. Front Country were the 2012 RockyGrass Band Competition Winners and the 2013 Telluride Band Competition Winners, according to the band’s Facebook page.

“I don’t think there’s a nicer place to be on a summer night to hear really good music,” he said, bringing up how he’s always on the lookout to find new music. What’s more is that Front Country has music on YouTube from a few years ago, Agostino said. They were good back then and they just keep getting better, he said. “They’re one of those bands that tour a lot … there’s something about being on the road that makes you really good.”

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