Leif Karlstrom and Adam Roszkiewicz, two members of the award-winning progressive roots grass band Front Country, combine to explore a duo side project known as Small Town Therapy. The two friends and musicians have created a “genre-bending music” that blends acoustic jazz and classical-influenced original compositions into a new adventure in string music.
Their new 13 track record, Dreams and Circumstances, is an exploration of original songs featuring the two’s principle instruments — Karlstrom on violin and Roszkiewicz on mandolin and guitar.
“There is this great bar in the Mission District in San Francisco called Amnesia,” Leif recalled. “Adam actually worked there and there was this monthly happy hour kind of open stage and it became a great way to work out these tunes we were working on, on stage.”
“We weren’t really playing together yet at the time,” Adam recalled. “There were so many different opportunities to play music in the Bay area, and we were each doing as much as we could.”
“Which is really how Front Country started as well – there was this vibrant community of people getting together casually and finding gigs to play music, and you find people you have chemistry with, and from that it starts to become a project,” Leif said.
The music they create as Small Town Therapy, is uniquely different than Front Country. It emphasizes compelling, thoughtful compositions and virtuosic improvisation that are inspired by the New Acoustic Music made popular in California by Mike Marshall, Darol Anger and groups like Montreux.
Their work has led them to stages at festivals around the world including: Merlefest, Grey Fox, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Rockygrass, Telluride, as well as France, England, Holland, and Poland.
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