March 31, 2012
In August of 2006, with the backdrop of the Rockies to inspire them, the Matt Flinner Trio (Matt Flinner (mandolin), Ross Martin (guitar), and Eric Thorin (bass) threw down a challenge to one another: write a new tune each day while on tour and perform it that evening. The first gig was at a small art gallery in Salt Lake City, and except for a frantic evening of photocopying and rehearsing, the show was a success. The players continued with their daily musical challenge, giving birth to the concept of the “Music du Jour” tours, and later the Music du Jour album. Between Flinner, Martin, and Thorin, over sixty new tunes were composed during three western US tours, and in December 2008 the trio committed the twelve best to record at the Compass Sound Studio. With “Music du Jour”, the Matt Flinner Trio sets a new standard for the bluegrass trio sound and creative output.
“Matt Flinner’s latest ensemble, a wonderful all-acoustic trio, can be counted-on to produce fresh-minted sounds and satisfyingly inspired compositions, and their latest CD is no exception… It’s hard to get bored with three musical voices as brilliant – and brilliantly together – as these.” –Net Rhythms
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