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Matt Flinner Trio to release Traveling Roots

Out January 22

“Matt Flinner blurs the lines between jazz and bluegrass, traditional and avant-garde.”
–Associated Press

“Matt Flinner [is] one of the best mandolin players ever.” –DownBeat

Led by one of the most respected mandolinists in today’s acoustic scene, Matt Flinner and his trio partners,Ross Martin (guitar) and Eric Thorin (bass), are sonically founded in bluegrass, jazz, classical and American acoustic music.

4663.jpgOver the past decade, the Matt Flinner Trio has been on the cutting edge of the 21st century string band movement. All master composers and improvisers, the trio has become legendary for their ability to almost simultaneous compose and perform new music. Their past two albums have developed this “music du jour” concept—drawing on whatever inspires them that day to compose a new tune and then performing it that evening. Their collective ability to conjure great melodies out of the ether and deliver them in front of a live audience has earned the group a reputation as one of the most imaginative and fearless in the contemporary instrumental space. But on TRAVELING ROOTS the trio has set their musical sights on seeking out and delivering beautiful music. Band leader and mandolinist Matt Flinner explains: “I feel that our goal as musicians should be to try to add some bit of beauty to the world. I see this as our small, esoteric string band bluegrass-jazz-new acoustic living on the 17th-moon-of-Saturn contribution to that. We hope that all of the sweat, frustration, love and aspiration that we put into this music makes your world a little more beautiful.”

1. Hide Nor Hair
2. Shiny Blue
3. 150 Banjos
4. Pioneer Coffey
5. The Basket Makers
6. Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump
7. Fallen Star
8. Yard Games
9. Sopris
10. The 17th Moon of Saturn
11. Blueberry Blue
12. The Terry Cloth Warriors

Tour Dates
01/22 – Colorado Springs, CO; Black Rose Acoustic Society
01/24 – Louisville, CO; Concerts @ 538
01/27 – Moose, WY; Dornan’s
01/28 – Park City, UT; Riffs
01/30 – Salt Lake City, UT; South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society
02/19 – Albany, NY; The Linda Theater
02/20 – Purdys, NY; Westchester Bluegrass Club
02/23 – New York, NY; Rockwood Music Hall
02/26 – Portland, ME; One Longfellow Square

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