Fra­zierBand re­turns to Clyde’s

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - MUSIC - BY BARRY COURTER STAFF WRITER Con­tact Barry Courter at bcourter@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6354.

John Fra­zier was an es­tab­lished multi- i nstru­men­tal­ist known for some of his ses­sion work on the man­dolin, gui­tar and fid­dle when he joined forces with Steve Mar­tin and the Steep Canyon Rangers.

He toured and wrote with Mar­tin and the band and said the ex­pe­ri­ence opened up a bit of a new world for him.

“Cer­tainly work­ing with Steve was im­por­tant,” Fra­zier said. “I was al­ready in­ter­ested in ex­plor­ing dif­fer­ent things and other ideas, but he blew that whole thing open and that gave me the con­fi­dence to do it my­self.

“Whether t hrough his com­edy or magic or Vaude­ville stuff, he just fear­lessly pre­sented all of those things. I wanted to write, to sing and to play and I just saw that that was the only way to do it.”

Fra­zier re­turns to Chat­tanooga for a show on Fri­day, Feb. 9, with his Fra­zierBand at Clyde’s on Main. They will be do­ing songs from their 2017 CD “Some Peo­ple Change,” among other num­bers. The band plays t heir own blend of “pro­gres­sive blue­grass fu­sion” or “new­grass.”

In ad­di­tion to his work with Mar­tin and Steep Canyon Rangers, Fra­zier has recorded or toured with John Cowan, Del McCoury, Tony Rice, JD Crowe and Jim Laud­erdale.

He gets co- writ­ing cred­its along with Mar­tin and the Rangers for John Fra­zier is a multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist who made his name as a ses­sion player for many of the big­gest names in blue­grass. His Fra­zierBand is at Clyde’s on Main Fri­day night. the song “Go Away, Stop, Turn Around, Come Back.”

Fra­zierBand was cre­ated in 2010. It fea­tures “t ons of per­cus­sion and keys and banjo and my­self,” Fra­zier said.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing and we have a full sound.”

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