Milkdrive (CD Release!)
While most bands point solidly to one member on fiddle, another on mandolin and so on, such limited designations only give half the story on MilkDrive. This Austin-based, acoustic power team features skilled multi-instrumentalists versed in a variety of musical styles.
Indeed, swapping instruments comes most naturally for the band’s three founding members, who grew up steeped in musical community – particularly the fiddle contest scene. Brian Beken, Dennis Ludiker and Noah Jeffries met as youngsters and co-contestants in the National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest in Weiser, Idaho. Late-night jams resulted in musical kinship for the friends who eventually joined forces to start MilkDrive. Fourth member, bassist Jesse Dalton, joined recently, rounding out the low-end for the band’s sophisticated sound.
The band’s third studio album, Places You’ve Not Been, is available for purchase in March of this year. Recorded at Austin’s Bismeaux Studio (Asleep at the Wheel) and self-produced by the band, the project features predominantly original material that is indicative of the group’s extensive influences and talents. An audible treat for the senses, Places features refreshing arrangements decked with strong, tight harmonies.
Previous albums include Waves (June 2012), which received notable press mentions; a debut studio album, Road From Home, released in April 2011; and a live album, MilkDrive Live ‘09, spotlighting the band’s vigorous picking technique and charismatic writing style.
MilkDrive is a musical extravaganza that joins genres and generations. A talented and progressive blend of bluegrass, jazz, and folk, the band has been categorized and recategorized over the years by itself and others. However, as a Bluegrass Today pointed out in a 2011 review of the group, “labels can get us into trouble sometimes.”
Why not put aside labels and simply listen? Listen to what led Ray Benson heard when he dubbed these guys “some of the finest musicians in the world.” Listen to what Twangville called “a music lover’s delight.”
Listen early and often to MilkDrive. It’s real music and it does a body good.
Denver native, Katie Glassman has a sparkling voice, a fast and soulful fiddling style and original songs that freshly interpret genres from vintage jazz to Western swing and bluegrass — all of which converge on her recent release SNAPSHOT, a perfect sonic representation (or snapshot, if you will) of her current work.
The March 2012 release expresses a sprinkle of a fiddling love affair Glassman began at age 9. Inspired by old-time Texas music, she began playing by ear, honing her skills at countless competitions throughout the country. In 1998, she won the National Junior Fiddle Championship in Weiser, Idaho; in 2000, the National Young Adult Fiddle Championship; in 2002, 5th in the National Grand Champion Division and in 2012, 3rd in the Grand Champion division. In 2011, she won the National Western Stock Show championship, making her the Colorado State Fiddle Champion. She judged the National Oldtime Fiddle Competition in 2001 and 2010.
Based in Colorado, Glassman has traveled far and wide to study with her heroes, including legendary fiddle players Darol Anger, Jimmie Don Bates, Stuart Duncan, Paul Anastasio and Joey McKenzie and (Stephane Grappelli’s protégé) Didier Lockwood.
In 2007, Glassman cultivated her musical family tree by becoming only the second American student to attend the Centre Musique Didier Lockwood in France, where she earned a Certificate Avec Mention Bien after a year of jazz studies.
Glassman studied jazz and classical violin at the University of Colorado under jazz pianist Chip Stephens and violinist Jennifer John. She played in the top CU jazz combo, was awarded the Outstanding Performer Award at the Abilene Jazz Festival and was first runner-up for the IAJE International Sisters of Jazz Group. In 2004, she graduated with a degree in music performance and the first certificate in jazz studies awarded to a violinist.
Katie fell in love with the intricate, diverse and treasured aural tradition that is fiddle playing. In 1994, Glassman opened the Fiddle Parlor Studio in Denver, where she currently teaches inspired fiddlers of all ages. As a teacher, Katie is committed to passing along the treasured lore of fiddling, as she is sought out nationally for various camps, workshops and seminars.
In 2007, Katie returned to the music scene in Denver. She currently fronts the Katie Glassman band as a fiddler, singer and songwriter. The band plays contemporary tunes with vintage, sepia toned nostaglia flavor. The classic sound of the band connects a crowd to an intimate love for the past. A style of music everyone can relate to……Check out the calendar for upcoming tour dates…..
Katie has played with the Lannie Garrett, Impromptu, Gypsy Swing Revue, Charlie Provenza, Randall McKennan, The Quiet American (Aaron Keim), Dave Alvins, Sean McGowan, Andy Stein, Liz Masterson, Mike Music Band, Grant Gordy, Swing Chicks, David Williams, Justin Donovan, Pickin’ on the Porch, Pastor Mustard, Bill Nershe, Boulder Acoustic Society, Darol Anger and the Bloomers.