FrazierBand is an original, multi-genre, acoustic/electric quintet from East Nashville, Tennessee, USA started in 2010 by John Frazier (composer/singer/guitar/mandolin). Members include Kevin Knapp (bass/vocals), Billy Contreras (fiddle), Rick Wilkerson (drums), and Matt Menefee (banjo).
John Frazier is an American composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and record producer. He co-fronted the award-winning contemporary bluegrass band Hit & Run in his early twenties while living in Colorado before relocating to Nashville, TN in 2007. He has toured and performed with Grammy winner and americana pioneer Jim Lauderdale, Bluegrass Legends Del McCoury, Tony Rice, JD Crowe, and Richard Greene, Newgrass pioneers John Cowan, Sam Bush, and Bela Fleck, singer-songwriter John Prine, and country music star Dierks Bentley. In 2009, Frazier toured playing and singing with the Grammy and Emmy winning actor/comedian/banjo player Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers. During the tour, Frazier, Martin, and the Rangers co-wrote the song “Go Away, Stop, Turn Around, Come Back,” which was recorded on Martin’s subsequent release, Rare Bird Alert. Frazier has recorded and produced 9 studio albums, and has fifty songwriting credits. Frazier’s live and television performance credits include The Grande Ole Opry, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Telluride Bluegrass, Merlefest, Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival (Bean Blossom), Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, The “World Famous” Station Inn, The Walt Disney Symphony Center in Los Angeles, Royal Festival Hall in London, Later with Joules Holland, Austin City Limits, and PBS.
“John Frazier, wow. I don’t think there is enough space here for me to accurately describe my fondness for John. Let’s just say that of the hundreds of folks I’ve encountered in a life of music, he is one of the most positive, thoughtful, intelligent, and gifted men I have had the pleasure to create with. By the way, the FrazierBand record is fabulous!” -John Cowan, The Voice of Newgrass
In the winter of 2010, Frazier founded FrazierBand and began pre-production on a full-length recording project. The project features original songs/compositions written by Frazier and performed by a group of musicians that he assembled from amongst his friends in Nashville. The style of music is a fusion of bluegrass, rock, pop, and jazz, and draws influences from the experiences that Frazier has had throughout his life living in different parts of the U.S., traveling as a professional musician, and existing as a human. Each of the members of Frazier Band is a virtuoso musician in his own right, with accumulated credits ranging from the Grand Ole Opry to George Clinton to Steve Earle to Mumford and Sons. After completing the recording in the summer of 2011, the band began performing in and around Nashville. FrazierBand plans to begin touring in conjunction with the release of the recording in early 2012.
“Frazier’s compositions, which account for most of the album’s material, are nicely executed blends of jazz, string band music and more, and both the picking and the singing are top-shelf.” -Jon Weisberger, Nashville Scene