We are thrilled and delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural FreshGrass Award. There were countless wonderful submissions from all over the country, and the FreshGrass Award jury found these five to be especially thoughtful and original. On Sunday morning during the festival, they each performed a short set in front of the jury (and the public!), vying for a $5,000 cash first prize, a $1,000 recording session at Compass Records’ studio in Nashville, and a spot onstage at FreshGrass 2014.
GRAND PRIZE: Cricket Tell The Weather
SECOND PRIZE: Molly Tuttle, John Mailander & Ethan Jodziewicz
THIRD PRIZE: The Lonely Heartstring Band
Cricket Tell the Weather
The music of Brooklyn’s Cricket Tell the Weather is full of twists, turns, and surprise influences. One moment will be speedy and swinging, and the next will recall the lilting indie hymns of the Fleet Foxes.
Molly Tuttle, John Mailander, and Ethan Jodziewicz
Three remarkable Berklee musicians come together in this tight-knit trio. In an amazing chemical reaction, they’re more than the sum of their parts.
The Lonely Heartstring Band
As The Lonely Heartstring Band says in its promotional materials, “We like bluegrass music. We like the Beatles”. Their name couldn’t be more apt, and neither could their sound, incorporating pop songwriting elements into a foundation of technical ability and tasteful solo-swapping.
The Vickie Vaughn Band
Vickie Vaughn is Nashville to the core, with a tremendous country warble, endless youthful energy, and a band of crisp harmonizers.
Boston quintet Chasing Blue is well on its way to a rich life of touring and recording. Their albums recall the clean production of late ’90s Alison Krauss, and their live show has the flair and prestidigitation of The Seldom Scene.