Sticks N' Thorns

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January 09, 2020 8:00 pm
Sticks n Thorns is the new project from Leftover Salmon Banjoist Andy Thorn and Jon Stickley of the Jon Stickley Trio. Since their teenage years together in North Carolina, Andy and Jon have have played together in numerous bands, including the “Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band” (with Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass, and Travis Book of the String Dusters). At the Telluride Bluegrass Festival last summer, Broke Mountain reunited amid rabid excitement (mostly their own). This was slightly more epic than the open mic nights the two had played together back in Durham. 

Today, both Jon and Andy are prominent members of the Jam Grass scene (and still best friends), despite divergent musical paths. Jon stayed in North Carolina and formed the Jon Stickley Trio, which NPR has praised for their boundary-defying bluegrass. Andy relocated, after a stint in Larry Keel’s Natural Bridge, to Colorado, where he jointed the Emmitt-Nershi Band (with Bill Nershi of the String Cheese Incident and Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon). Soon, Andy had joined Leftover Salmon, ending the band’s multi-year hiatus. Leftover Salmon had just been waiting, it turned out, for their “missing banjo link.” Since then, the band has released multiple studio albums, using Andy’s original songs as the title tracks.

Sticks n Thorns is for everyone who wants to see what happens when two childhood friends team back up to bring everything they’ve learned from their music careers — and from life on the road —  to their new musical hijinks. Get ready for old-school classics, buddy shenanigans, and genre-defying bluegrass.