FRUITION TEAMS UP WITH GRANT FARM TO RELEASE THEMEETING ON THE MOUNTAIN EPALBUM AVAILABLE DIGITALLY TODAY AND ON TOUR DATES STARTING ON SEPTEMBER 25TH AT DENVER’S BLUEBIRD THEATER
PORTLAND, OR (September 23, 2014) – Ramblin’ troubadours Fruition are back with a new EP of whiskey-laced acoustic rock blended with elements of bluegrass and Americana. Meeting On The Mountain is a four-song EP written and performed by members of Fruition and Boulder’s Grant Farm. The album is available through all digital retailers starting today and will be out in physical form at Fruition and Grant Farm tour dates starting on September 25th at the Bluebird Theater in Denver, CO.
Meeting On The Mountain is Fruition’s first release since Just One of Them Nights, the quintet’s July 2013 full-length studio release that saw it’s lead single “Mountain Annie” in regular rotation on Sirius/XM Jam On and inspired No Depression to exclaim, “This is how country music is supposed to sound.” The newest collection of songs is driven by classic rock rhythms, layered vocal harmonies and bluegrass instrumentation. The two bands will celebrate the release with a string of co-bill dates including an end-of-tour homecoming show for Fruition at Portland’s Wonder Ballroom.
The two bands first met in 2011 when Fruition lugged their instruments into the snow and started busking outside of a Grant Farm show during a set-break. The stunt made an instant fan out of Tyler Grant, a National Flatpicking Champion, and his band who then brought Jay Cobb-Anderson out of the cold and onto the stage to play harmonica. Over the next few years, the two bands would run into each other at festivals and play onstage together whenever possible. This past summer, the friends found themselves with a few free days and an offer from engineer Andrew Lunsford to record at Kodak Lake Studio.
Basic tracking was completed on the four songs in just one day. “Random Lee” (written by Fruition’s Cobb-Anderson (vocals/guitar/harmonica), Mimi Naja (vocals/mandolin) and Kellen Asebroek(vocals/guitar/piano)) evokes the West Coast cool of Fleetwood Mac; “Meet Me On The Mountain” (written by Anderson and Grant) conjures a laid back campfire sing-a-long vibe; “Lazy Gold” (Written by Grant and Naja) has the swagger of an in-the-pocket Allman Brothers jam flanked by a mellow harmonica interlude; and “Spliff” (written by Naja) is a tongue-in-cheek Pacific Northwest ode to Woody Guthrie’s classic “Crawdad Song.”