Front Country (1pm)

benefit for Berkeley Animal Care Services

Front Country (1pm)

Colonels of Truth

Sunday, October 25th

Doors: 12:00 pm / Show: 1:00 pm

$22 adv / $24 door

Front Country
Front Country
“They somehow strike that perfect blend of soaring vocals, impressive playing and interesting song choices” - Fretboard Journal

An acoustic band born in the land of tech innovation, Front Country was unlikely to be accepted as an authentic American roots band out of the gate. Cutting their teeth in progressive bluegrass jams in San Francisco’s Mission District and rehearsing across the bay in Oakland, they fashioned their own take on roots music and Indie Folk, with the tools they had on hand. A mandolinist with a degree in composition and classical guitar. A guitarist trained in rock and world music. A bassist equally versed in jazz and newgrass. A violinist with technique that could seamlessly hop between honky tonk and electropop. And a female lead singer with grit and soul that was also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. In a wood-paneled country dive bar in the shadow of the San Francisco skyline, Front Country forged a sound hell bent on merging the musical past with the future. The result lies somewhere between Indie Folk and Americana, in a nether-region they've come to embrace as their own.
Colonels of Truth
"The sound of a Flathead Ford with busted muffler and three flat tires running on Hi-Test & caffeine."

What started as a late night Easter Eve text conversation, most likely fueled by alcohol and the Holy Spirit of Charlton Heston's Moses flashing across the TV screen, and culminating in a living room strewn with guitars, beer bottles and a small flask of whiskey tucked neatly behind a table leg, evolved into Colonels of Truth.

Rick Santos of the South Bay honky tonk heroes Longliner joined with Peter Dominguez, David Sands & Robert Scott Mueller of San Francisco's cow punk outfit GEN 11 in an attempt to strip everything away and return to their roots. With the final addition of Brad Parker on snare & brushes, CoT was complete.

Their brand of Northern California Neo Bluegrass Anti Folk Urban Gospel Alt Country Americana was brought to Real Job Recording in Fremont, California for their 'live in studio' debut EP Songs of Love, Blood & Redemption in late 2013.

Since it's December 2013 release the EP has received steady play on college, independent & community radio, as well as having two songs featured on FX Network's brilliantly twisted comedy Legit. Songs of Love, Blood & Redemption also earned The Colonels opening slots on national tour stops for Jon Dee Graham, Pert' Near Sandstone, Austin Jenckes, Cody Beebe & The Crooks and a set at the 38th annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival.

To paraphrase Steinbeck, the inhabitants of CoT's songs are "whores, pimps, gamblers, and sons of bitches,' by which he meant everybody. Had the man looked through another peephole he might have said, 'saints and angels and martyrs and holy men,' and he would have meant the same thing."