For several years now I’ve been following the career of globetrotting multi-instrumentalist and fiddler extraordinaire Aaron Lewis. Formerly of Special Ed & the Shortbus (now The Hot Seats), Jackass Flats and other Richmond, VA bands, Aaron is currently based in Berlin and maintains a busy schedule traveling the world in various incarnations and ensembles. (For example he and former bandmate Ben Belcher just finished a national tour supporting Thomas Dolby of She Blinded Me With Science fame). One fine group Aaron is involved with is the Berlin-based five-piece country-gypsy jüggernaut The Froggy Mountain Boys.
Earlier this year The Froggy Mountain Boys quietly released the studio album Route 77. This is some of the happiest, good-timey, toe-tapping music you’ll ever hear! Oozlin’ sounds of fiddle, banjo, bass, clarinet, guitar and more fiddle! Mr. Lewis has done well to find this eclectic group of talented players to record and gig with. Most impressive is the fact that Route 77 was recorded entirely live and acoustic with no overdubs in one day in October of 2011 in Berlin. Listen for yourself here: stream Route 77 on BandCamp.
|The Froggy Mountain Boys - Route 77 album cover|
According to his website news, Aaron should be back in the states at, among other places, this year's Galax Fiddlers Convention, which I hope to attend. Perhaps there I'll get to hear this fiddlin' fool in person once again.