February 16, 2013
Tricky Britches is a high-energy string band hailing from Portland, Maine. From their roots of playing heel-stomping old-time fiddle tunes they have progressed into a fusion of classic bluegrass, country, and folk rock. The band consists of Tyler Lienhardt on Fiddle, Seth Doyle on Mandolin, Jed Bresette on Bass, and Ryan “Bear” Wilkinson on Banjo.
The story of the band begins in the spring of 2009. Seth, Tyler and Nick, three long-time friends from Gorham, Maine, sought to turn back-porch jam sessions and local street corner busking into a means of traveling the country. They spent a sleepless night recording a homemade album of Old-Time tunes, and when it came time to stamp a name on the CD, Tricky Britches was born.
“In an age of auto-tune and manufactured music, Tricky Britches isn’t just a throwback – they’re a look forward. When we tire of the digital and the plastic, we can comfort ourselves in the warm embrace of three-part harmonies, fire-breathing fiddle and mandolin licks, and the thump-thump to the gut of a stand-up bass. Not only do they reintroduce us to the delicious crudeness of early twentieth century tunes like ‘Greasy Coat,’ but even their originals sound old as dirt. As comfortable on a street corner or front porch as they are on stage and under the lights, Tricky Britches is right in the middle of a new movement toward old time music, along with Old Crow Medicine Show, the Avett Brothers, the Toughcats, and the Hackensaw Boys. Auto-tune? Maybe they’ll figure that out for the banjo some day…” –Sam Pifeifle, Portland Phoenix
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