Front Country Entertains Crowd, Instructs Children

Front Country lead singer Melody Walker belts out a song. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
Front Country lead singer Melody Walker belts out a song. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)

The band, Front Country, played for Friday night's evening show at the Big Horn Mountain Festival in Buffalo.

Fans were already familiar with group members, Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman, because they were instructors for the week’s bluegrass camps for children, with Groopman serving as camp director. So there were times during the show when one of them said they’d be breaking the rules of blue grass, so “do as I say, not as I do.”

The band’s been playing together for the past four years, coming together as a collective of the Bay Area’s finest young acoustic talents, and in addition to Walker and Groopman, includes Adam Roszkiewicz, Jordan Klein, Leif Karlstrom and Zach Sharpe. A year later, they won the Rockygrass band competition in Colorado and followed up the next year with winning in Telluride, becoming the third band in history to win both contests. Also in 2013, lead singer, Walker, won the Chris Austin Songwriting competition at Merlefest and the band’s mandolinist, Roszkiewicz, was nominated for a Grammy for his work with the Modern Mandolin Quartet on their album "Americana."

The band is known for combining old-grass harmonies with new-grass picking and new-wave power pop creating what’s become known as Americana music at its best. Their latest album, "Sake of the Sound," was released late last year.

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Front Country -- Leslie Stratmoen Photo
Front Country -- Leslie Stratmoen Photo
Band proves to be a crowd favorite. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
Band proves to be a crowd favorite. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
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