Fra­zierBand brings new­grass to Clyde’s

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - MUSIC - STAFF RE­PORT

In a city full of tal­ented mu­si­cians, to be named In­stru­men­tal­ist of the Year by Nashville Scene magazine is an honor that car­ries some heft.

John Fra­zier, known for his mas­tery of man­dolin, gui­tar and fid­dle, won that award last year. Fra­zier has cre­ated a new sound that com­bines blue­grass, rock and roots mu­sic into what is be­ing called “Pro­gres­sive Blue­grass Fu­sion.”

Chat­tanoogans can hear it Fri­day night, Sept. 1, when Fra­zierBand, the blue­grass/ roots/rock band from Nashville that he fronts, plays Clyde’s on Main with Win­ston Ram­ble.

Annabelle’s Curse, an alt-folk band from Bris­tol, Tenn., takes the stage at Clyde’s on Satur­day, Sept, 2. Shows both nights start at 10 p.m.

Fra­zier is a Philadel­phia, Pa., na­tive who moved to Nashville in the win­ter of 2006. The mu­si­cian quickly es­tab­lished him­self among Mu­sic City’s elite acoustic per­form­ers and scored spots with new­grass en­sem­ble John Cowan Band and the Grammy-win­ning Jim Laud­erdale Blue­grass Band.

He has toured and per­formed with blue­grass leg­ends Del McCoury, Tony Rice and JD Crowe as well as new­grass pi­o­neers Sam Bush and Bela Fleck. In 2009, Fra­zier toured with com­edy leg­end Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers. Dur­ing that tour, Fra­zier, Martin and the Rangers co-wrote “Go Away, Stop, Turn Around, Come Back,” which Martin recorded on “Rare Bird Alert.”

Fra­zier de­vel­oped his free­wheel­ing mu­si­cal cre­ativ­ity with Fra­zierBand, the group he launched in 2010. The band in­cludes banjo play­ers Matt Mene­fee and Kyle Tut­tle and drum­mer James Kit­tle­man.

They’ve re­leased three al­bums: “Fra­zierBand,” “Live at the Five Spot” and “Some Peo­ple Change.”


John Fra­zier

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