FrazierBand is an original, multi-genre, acoustic/electric quintet from East Nashville, Tennessee, USA started in 2010 by composer/singer/multi-instrumentalist John Frazier. The band’s first full-length recording project was recorded and released in 2011, and the band is touring in support of the debut while preparing to re-enter the studio in the fall of 2012. In addition, FrazierBand is working on a live album which is being recorded this summer and includes some of the band’s cover repertoire and obscure original material.
“FrazierBand seamlessly blends bluegrass and americana with jam-rock and jazz fusion, and turn it all into killer tunes with catchy hooks, straight-from-the-heart lyrics, funky rhythms, and virtuoso solos. These dudes rock!” -J Bryan Dill, The Nashville Collective
John Frazier is an American composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and record producer. He co-fronted the award-winning contemporary bluegrass band Hit & Run in his early twenties while living in Colorado before relocating to Nashville, TN in 2007. He has toured and performed with Grammy winner and americana pioneer Jim Lauderdale, Bluegrass Legends Del McCoury, Tony Rice, JD Crowe, and Richard Greene, Newgrass pioneers John Cowan, Sam Bush, and Bela Fleck, singer-songwriter John Prine, and country music star Dierks Bentley. In 2009, Frazier toured playing and singing with the Grammy and Emmy winning actor/comedian/banjo player Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers. During the tour, Frazier, Martin, and the Rangers co-wrote the song “Go Away, Stop, Turn Around, Come Back,” which was recorded on Martin’s subsequent release, Rare Bird Alert. Frazier has recorded and produced 9 studio albums, and has fifty songwriting credits. Frazier’s live and television performance credits include The Grande Ole Opry, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Telluride Bluegrass, Merlefest, Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival (Bean Blossom), Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, The “World Famous” Station Inn, The Walt Disney Symphony Center in Los Angeles, Royal Festival Hall in London, Later with Jools Holland, Austin City Limits, and PBS.
“John Frazier, wow. I don’t think there is enough space here for me to accurately describe my fondness for John. Let’s just say that of the hundreds of folks I’ve encountered in a life of music, he is one of the most positive, thoughtful, intelligent, and gifted men I have had the pleasure to create with. By the way, the FrazierBand record is fabulous!” -John Cowan, The Voice of Newgrass
In the winter of 2010, Frazier founded FrazierBand and began pre-production on a full-length recording project. The project features original songs/compositions written by Frazier and performed by a group of musicians that he assembled from amongst his friends in Nashville. The style of music is a fusion of bluegrass, rock, pop, and jazz, and draws influences from the experiences that Frazier has had throughout his life living in different parts of the U.S., traveling as a professional musician, and existing as a human. Each of the members of Frazier Band is a virtuoso musician in his own right, with accumulated credits ranging from the Grand Ole Opry to George Clinton to Steve Earle to Mumford and Sons. After completing the recording in the summer of 2011, the band began performing in and around Nashville. FrazierBand plans to begin touring in conjunction with the release of the recording in early 2012.
“John has put forth a new level of thought in his work. FrazierBand’s music displays a fiery level of enthusiasm to present a core of groove graced by tasteful licks and pure original tone. Almost like a newgrass and root-based version of the Flecktones, this music is refined and honorably cool.” -Jens Hybertson, Colorado Bluegrass Music Society
“Frazier’s compositions, which account for most of the album’s material, are nicely executed blends of jazz, string band music and more, and both the picking and the singing are top-shelf.” -Jon Weisberger, Nashville Scene
We would like to thank the following people for support during the earliest phase of this band: Rob Stokes, Bryon Larrance, J Bryan Dill, The Nashville Collective, John Cowan, The John Cowan Band, Jim Lauderdale, Emory Smith, Michelle Aquilato, Woody Platt, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Jon Weisberger, The Nashville Scene, Jon Stickley, Town Mountain, Jack of the Wood, The Station Inn, Billy Contreras, Amanda Contreras, Grimey, The Basement, 3rd & Lindsley, The Wooten Brothers, Reggie Wooten, John Billings, The 5-Spot, Bones Explosion, Josh Brand, Ollie O’Shea, Dave Cohen, Garth Fundis, Rick Wilkerson, Shay Sparks, Tom Murphy, Jeff Autry, Pam Frazier, Richard Missner, Susannah Frazier, Dixie Hoggan, Andy Cunnagin, Bill Crocker, John E Frazier II, David Harper, Janet Kenworthy, The Rooster’s Wife, Jens Hybertson, The Funky Umbrella, Kevin Kaz, Jeff Whitworth, The Grey Eagle, Greensky Bluegrass, Anders Beck, Brandon Mann, Crescendo Artists, 12th & Porter, Barley’s Knoxville, Rhythm & Brews (Chattanooga), DMTB, Richard McSherry, Jack of the Wood, Jon Stickley Trio, Town Mountain, Drifter’s Nashville, Philip Moore, Nick Fair, The Building, Laura Godwin, Cassie O’Sullivan, Jon Loyd, Smith’s Olde Bar, Drifter’s Patio, Charles Butler, Seann Goodman and Kate Schettler, Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), Smith’s Olde Bar, Sam Bush Band, Workplay, and anyone we forgot to put on the list or who we are going to add later.