|Moe's Alley presents a Bluegrass double triple bill with FRUITION, WINDY HILL & HARMONY GRITS.
IN NOVEMBER, 2011 Fruition released a new EP, It Won’t Be Long, the third album for the quintet based in Portland, Oregon. In seven original songs, Kellen Asebroek, Mimi Naja, and Jay Cobb Anderson conspire to blend raw, live energy with the strings of traditional folk-Americana. Supported by Keith Simon on upright bass, and Tyler Thompson on drums, Fruition succeeds with lyrical prowess, and harmonies as vibrant as they are heart-breaking.
Tracks like “Wastin’ Away,” and “Bent,” showcase an effortless swing from whiskey-rock to shoe-stomp, from ballad to anthem and everywhere between. This versatility has defined the band since it began in 2008, and hundreds of shows later, Fruition now plays to an ever-growing fan-base in more than a dozen states, to electrified audiences and frenzied dance-floors.
With a focus on the West Coast, Fruition has played most major venues in Portland (The Crystal Ballroom, The Roseland, The Wonder Ballroom, and the Doug Fir,) the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, the Mystic Theater in Petaluma, the Tractor Tavern in Seattle, and the Oregon Brewer’s Fest. The band headlined both late-night sets at Northwest String Summit in 2011.
Through the years they’ve had the privilege to play with the likes of Vince Herman and Andy Thorne (Left Over Salmon), Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band), Zach Gill and Dan Lebowitz (ALO & Jack Johnson), Daniel Stern, and Danny Barnes. They continue to share the stage with some good friends, like Hot Buttered Rum, Greensky Bluegrass, Elephant Revival, Watertower Bucket Boys, the Quick & Easy Boys, the Clumsy Lovers, and Dead Winter Carpenters, to name a few.
Holehearted Fools is the upcoming LP from Fruition featuring Portland singer/songwriter Brad Parsons, to be released and toured in the Spring of 2012.
It Won’t Be Long was recorded by Tyler Thompson at the Woodshed Studio in Enterprise, OR, and mastered by Prince Elwood of Portland Underground Recording. The recording space was donated by the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance. Fans last heard from Fruition in 2010 with their full-length, self-titled album and on the 2010 PDX POP NOW compilation. Hawthorne Hoedown, their first EP, debuted in 2008.
It Won’t Be Long is available digitally through bandcamp (www.fruition.bandcamp.com); CDs are available for sale as of January 21, 2012.
ABOUT WINDY HILL
It's immediately evident at a Windy Hill show that the band is excited about bluegrass music and have big fun picking and singing. They're becoming increasingly well-known – and are winning awards – for their entertaining performances. Windy Hill began as an idea in a Menlo Park (CA) High School wood shop class, where two 17-year-old friends sat around their work station sanding their projects and talking about live music. They discovered a mutual love for the songs of Bill Monroe, Carter Stanley, and Jimmy Martin and set out to learn to play and sing traditional music.
In 2008, these two friends – Henry Warde and Ryan Breen – found themselves in Fort Collins, Colorado, and started their band. Windy Hill was always the natural choice for the band name, as Ryan's backyard in Portola Valley, CA, overlooks the town's landmark – a golden hill separating the SF Bay Area from the Pacific Ocean. The next year, they returned to California and another bluegrass-loving member of their high school class, Kyle McCabe, joined the band. Henry (mandolin), Ryan (banjo), and Thomas Wille (guitar) usually form the band's power trio, but other Windy Hill members – Kyle McCabe (acoustic bass) and Johnny Campbell (fiddle) – are also fine singers.