PREMIERE: Jon Stickley Trio’s New Song “Triumph in Between” [LISTEN]
“Triumph In Between” appears on the new Jon Stickley Trio album, “Meantime’s Up”, to be released on April 28.
We’re huge Jon Stickley Trio fans, so obviously we’re excited about the upcoming new album, “Meantime’s Up.”
“This album was recorded over a 3-year period of time that coincided with the Pandemic, and the birth of my two children,” says Stickley. “When I listen to this record, I can hear the personal changes and creative growth that was happening during this period where babies often replaced the guitar in my arms. When composing the tunes for this album, we consciously leaned toward the beautiful notes. Lyndsay [Pruett] and Hunter [Deacon] get to really stretch out on this record, and they played more incredibly than ever.”
We have the honor of previewing one of the tracks from Meantime’s Up ahead of the April 28th release.
You can listen to Triumph in Between now!
Of Triumph In Between, Jon Stickley says, “Triumph in Between is about achieving an artistic goal while juggling everything else that life is throwing at you. It was written during a period of time when I felt a little bogged down by fatherhood, and a lot of life stuff happening. It felt like a miracle to even pick up the guitar, and then one day when the baby was down for a nap, I picked up my old ’56 D-18 and this riff just jumped out at me. This tune captures the triumphant, celebratory feeling of capturing a creative idea in the moment.”
Meantime’s Up will be available on April 28th on all platforms.
The album is now available for pre-order, add or save ahead of its April 28 release.
LISTEN TO TRIUMPH IN BETWEEN FROM MEANTIME’S UP:
About Meantime’s Up by Jon Stickley Trio:
Boundary-breaking and genre-defying are handy terms to use in describing musical artists, but while they can lend a certain cachet to a project, music that really eludes easy description is actually pretty rare. Still, if such terms can be applied to any group at all, the Jon Stickley Trio is at the head of the line for such treatment. While the music made by guitarist Stickley, violinist Lyndsay Pruett and percussionist Hunter Deacon contains innumerable influences that dart in and out of a listener’s ear, its all-instrumental essence is truly unique. And while the Trio’s2020 debut for Organic Records, Scripting The Flip, was a convincing enough depiction of the group’s distinctive identity to earn rave reviews from jazz and Americana publications alike, their upcoming album, Meantime’s Up, serves up compelling proof that they’ve been digging even deeper.
The album is now available for pre-order, add or save ahead of its April 28 release.
Building on singles the Trio has released over the past two years, Meantime’s Up may best fit under the jazz umbrella, expertly matching inspiration and execution in a series of collective creations knit together with a handful of interludes given over to their individual members. The result is at once engagingly diverse and yet artistically coherent, even as individual entries like “Future Ghost,” “In And About” and “Golden Eagle” — all previously-released singles — exhibit the same traits in miniature, with multiple themes and moods, while others, like the new “Preston’s Tune,” a grassy flatpicking showcase, or Pruett’s “Death By Rainbow,” are deeper explorations of single textures and grooves. Rounded out by the focused interludes — Pruett’s lushly melodic “Consequence of Desire,” Stickley’s moody “Moonbow” and “Morning Candy,” and Deacon’s epic explorations of percussive tonality, “Causeway Pt. 1” and “Causeway Pt. 2” — the 50+ minute project is an expansive offering that brings to mind such archetypal suites as Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition, taking listeners on a lengthy, ever-changing journey to the heart of the Trio’s creativity. And with its devotion to rich tones and its elegant counterpoints, Meantime’s Up is perfectly suited to a full treatment in the exciting new sonic landscape of Dolby Atmos, available on Apple Music, Amazon Music and TIDAL.
Allowing listeners to feel as if they’re inside the song itself, Dolby Atmos is familiar to many from its “surround sound” application in thousands of movie theaters. It is described by the respected sound technology innovator as “revealing depth, clarity and details like never before….a sound experience you can feel all around you.” Audio produced in Dolby Atmos adapts automatically to your Atmos-compatible device and system to give you an unexpected, all-enveloping sound experience.
“This album was recorded over a 3-year period of time that coincided with the Pandemic, and the birth of my two children,” says Stickley. “When I listen to this record, I can hear the personal changes and creative growth that was happening during this period where babies often replaced the guitar in my arms. When composing the tunes for this album, we consciously leaned toward the beautiful notes. Lyndsay and Hunter get to really stretch out on this record, and they played more incredibly than ever. Per usual, we had fun exploring some new musical territory but at the same time, songs like ‘Preston’s Tune,’ which is dedicated to the late Preston Thompson, revisit our pickin’ roots.
“The title idea is a combo of ‘in the meantime’ and ‘time’s up’,” he adds, “and there’s also a double entendre with ‘meantime’ being over. It’s about moving forward and going from a place of hesitations and procrastination, and just going for it. The album was recorded during the big lull and now it’s time to get back at it with clarity and perspective — out of a place of negativity and frustration, to somewhere more positive.”
Pre-order, add or save Meantime’s Up HERE.
About Jon Stickley Trio
Jon Stickley Trio is a genre-defying and cinematic instrumental trio, whose deep grooves, innovative flatpicking, and sultry-spacy violin move the listener’s head, heart, and feet. “It’s not your father’s acoustic-guitar music — although Stickley’s pop showed him his first chords when he was 12 years old. Instead, Stickley’s Martin churns out a mixture of bluegrass, Chuck Berry, metal, prog, grunge, and assorted other genres — all thoroughly integrated into a personal style,” writes Guitar Player Magazine. With inspiration ranging from Green Day to Duran Duran to Tony Rice to Nirvana, Grateful Dead, David Grisman and beyond, the Trio, which features violinist Lyndsay Pruett and drummer Hunter Deacon, is making waves with their unique sound. Along with releasing two full length albums and one EP in the past few years, the Trio has zig-zagged the nation, though they still call Asheville, NC home. Stickley says, “The Trio feels fresher and hotter than ever, we’ve hit our stride in terms of creating tunes that are uniquely us and that’s a really exciting place to be musically.”
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