FrazierBand returns to Clyde’s
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.”