Society Hall welcomes FY5 – Colorado New School Americana

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ALAMOSA — Society Hall, the performance space, concert hall and community gathering place at 400 Ross Ave. in Alamosa, is proud to welcome to Alamosa FY5, a Colorado group immersed in the deep currents of American music which is rooted in tradition but pointing to a new creative direction that makes their music relevant and vital in today’s world.  FY5 will be in concert at Society Hall Saturday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with tickets at $15 in advance and $20 at the door and are available at The Green Spot in Alamosa or online at www.societyhall.org.

While their sound evokes timelessness, it is decidedly contemporary, well-traveled 21st century sensibility that informs their songwriting. As they share the stories that drive the songs, FY5’s show leaves listeners certainly with tapping toes but ranging thoughts as well.

“On Eat The Moon, all these elements combine in a partnership that recalls a time before roots music became watered down or overly polished. FY5’s synergy of styles carries the traditions of what came before with the frontier elements of the West, giving their music a sense of freedom and adventure that sounds fresh to our ears. If you’re searching for the ensemble that will bridge the gap between the Smokies and the Rockies, between East and West, old and new, this is for you.” – Hearth Music.

“This group will have appeal to people that enjoy a mix of styles tossed into their bluegrass salad.  Incredible music and FY5 is casting a wide net with this release, and it’s got plenty of good picking and singing to go with the gritty songs Finnders and his gang have assembled here.” - David Thom, Bluegrass Today

The band consists of Mike Finnders on guitar, as well as lead and harmony vocals, Erin Youngberg plays bass, lead and harmony vocals, Aaron Youngberg, banjo, pedal steel, and harmony vocals, Ryan Drickey plays fiddle and harmony vocals, Rich Zimmerman on mandolin and harmony vocals, so not surprising then that their harmonies are so good, with all five contributing to them. Not only are their two ‘lead’ vocalists excellent but they are also a pair who bring a powerful sense of character to the songs on this album that is loaded with a diversity of styles. Despite their varied explorations of ‘offshoots,’ overall the recording sits comfortably under the ‘country’ umbrella albeit one that draws its influences from the previously named styles. Both vocalists are able to explore a range of emotions with their evocative story telling which when added to the quality of the lyrics, melodies and playing leaves you with an album that more than repays repeated listening sessions.

FY5 is excited for the release of their 4th full-length album in early 2018, The Way These Things Go, featuring their trademark story songs, clever arranging, and catchy hooks. The band was selected as official showcase artists for the 2017 International Bluegrass Music Association conference including a songwriter showcase with Mike Finders.


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