“Creating a timeless sound with their unique mesh of Americana, folk, and gypsy jazz, The Appleseed Collective produces music that wouldn’t sound out of place in an era that none of the band member’s are even close to old enough to remember.” – AweChasm
The Local Show:
Saturday, January 9, 8pm: Fogartyville, Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat, Sarasota, FL.
Tickets: $10 advance/$12 door. Advance tickets available at www.wslr.org or by calling 941-894-6469
Formed in 2010, The Appleseed Collective has become a force of nature powered by their local community and developed by a strong sense of do-it-yourself drive. In an age of corporations and climate change, the band’s commitment to buying & selling local, eating from gardens, and being their own bosses has led to the kind of success that feels simply organic.
Each part of the Collective comes together to form an amalgam of complementary and contrasting elements. With a Motown session musician for a father, guitarist Andrew Brown was exposed to pre-World War II jazz on a trip to New Orleans. Shortly afterwards a chance meeting introduced him to Brandon Smith, violinist, mandolinist and improvisatory magician who grew up playing old time fiddle music. Vince Russo, multi-percussionist and van-packing savant, blends influences of funk, jazz and rock n’ roll on the washboard. Eric Dawe comes from a background of choral singing and studies in Indian classical music and provides the bottom end on the upright bass. The whole band sings in harmony.
The Appleseed Collective is not a bluegrass band. It’s not The Hot Club of Paris. It’s not a ragtime cover band. The Appleseed Collective represents Americana music rooted in traditions from all over the world and from every decade, creating a live experience that welcomes every soul and is impossible to replicate.
The Press says:
“Not exactly the kind of stuff you’re hearing on the radio, which is only half of what makes us think they’re pretty darn cool. But the fact that along with a mandolin, violin and banjo, they also include a washboard in their incredibly dynamic, filled-out sound…well, it doesn’t get much better than that.” – Real Detroit Weekly
“Tearing it up is not something that immediately comes to mind when referring to acoustic Americana-based music (the Appleseed Collective actually describes its music as “Americana folk jazz”), but moments later the band took the stage and proceeded, in fact, to tear it up…The Appleseed Collective is young, talented, full of energy, and playing a type of music that is hardly in abundance in southeast Michigan.” – ArborWeb
“The Appleseed Collective are redefining the possibilities of the folk aesthetic, with dashes of gypsy and dixie.” – Deep Cutz
“This is music best served alongside a roaring campfire but also has the ability to challenge the rafters of any grand arena.” -Beats Per Minute
“…dashed with Dixie ragtime, bluegrass, gypsy folk, and swing blues…enough to blow away the most creative kitchen cook” -Americana UK