acoustic · banjo · country · male singer · singer-songwriter

Jackstraw – Sunday Never Comes (MP3)


A quick search reveals that Jack Straw was an English rebel leader who died in 1381. Jackstraw is also a traditional form of the kids’ game of pick-up sticks. And it’s the name of a song recorded by the Grateful Dead in 1971. But for Fiddlefreak, Jackstraw is the name of a Portland (OR) based Americana/bluegrass band that has been rocking the West Coast since 1997. They just released their first record in six years, titled “Sunday Never Comes.”

Sunday Never Comes
Sunday Never Comes

This record of all-original material has a warm, mellow vibe that had me hooked from the start. It’s getting lots of well-deserved airplay from folkie DJs, charting at slot #10 on the FOLKDJ‐L radio playlist for last month. Recording live at the Type Foundry, they achieved a compelling sound that sits easy with folkies, grassers and Deadheads alike. For this project, the quartet enlisted the uber-clean banjo of Cory Goldman (Water Tower Bucket Boys), who sounds like he’s always been there, holding down the twang. And even though Portland may not be known as a hotbed of red-hot bluegrass (and with two guitars in their mix, Jackstraw is not really a conventional bluegrass band), it’s no surprise that the fertile Portland music community spawned the Northwest mountain music of Jackstraw. Turn it up, and enjoy!

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