Tony Trischka and Territory
- Trad Bluegrass
Tony Trischka is considered to be the consummate banjo artist and perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 45 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians with the many voices he has brought to the instrument.
A native of Syracuse, New York, Trischka’s interest in banjo was sparked by the Kingston Trio’s “Charlie and the MTA” in 1963. Two years later, he joined the Down City Ramblers, where he remained through 1971. That year, Trischka made his recording debut on 15 Bluegrass Instrumentals with the band Country Cooking; at the same time, he was also a member of America’s premier sports-rock band Country Granola. In 1973, he began a three-year stint with Breakfast Special. Between 1974 and 1975, he recorded two solo albums, Bluegrass Light and Heartlands. After one more solo album in 1976, Banjoland, he went on to become musical leader for the Broadway show The Robber Bridegroom.
With his fearless musical curiosity as the guiding force, Tony Trischka’s critically acclaimed release, Territory roams widely through the banjo’s creative terrain. Nine selections partner Tony with fellow banjoists Pete Seeger, Mike Seeger, Bill Evans, Bill Keith and Bruce Molsky.
Sean Trischka brings a reverence for the old with his visions of the new. With his finger on so many pulses of so much music, and a brain entrenched in history and tradition, all of Sean’s influences shine through in his songs and playing while still funneling a poignant, coherent and razor sharp vision of his sound. Hard-funk drumming sensibilities mash with the sensitive poet mash with the folksy songwriter to create a bed of introspective, soulful and groovy music. Playing drums and vocals when with a band, guitar and vocals when solo, his music stabs like a knife and softens like a cloud. Sean Trischka is rock-hard.