June 15, 2013
Rooted in old-time country, with a bluegrass kick and the bounce of a street-corner jugband, Tricky Britches will put some swing in your step from the moment you hear them. Songwriting chalk full of down-home harmonies and dirty licks, their original material harkens back to humble beginnings sawing out mountain tunes on the Portland, Maine sidewalk.
Tricky Britches formed in 2009, playing on street corners across the country, simply as a means of paying for a road trip. Suddenly there were weddings, parties, and dances to be played, and before the boys knew it, Tricky Britches had gained too much momentum to be stopped. As time went by they focused more on songwriting and original material, which the majority of their recorded tracks are. Their influences include John Hartford, Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, The Grateful Dead, The Everly Brothers, and American traditional folk music.
Now their 2011 album Hard Fought Day has been played all across New England, and their new album Good Company, will be released in May of 2013.
“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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