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The Podunk Throwbacks take you back to a time when honesty, raw emotion and free thought prevailed. Their songs reflect the human condition in a poetic, yet gritty, way that everyone can relate to. They don't just describe an emotion, but take you there - be it the soulful reflections of one's "deepest regrets," a country-style rally to farmers to "hold your ground," a jazz-inspired rock retort to one's "jealousy of hope," a traditional folk description of a humble "wrong side of life" or a lyrical declaration of a love's "single intention."
The symbiotic relationship between the raw emotion of the guitar and the classical sophistication of the violin create a unique "classical-grass" sound that hooks the listeners. The driving percussive sound of the guitar combined with the soulful and sometimes haunting violin melodies compliment each other perfectly, be it a call to action or an emotional reflection. Their meticulous attention to the sound and the energy they put into the music creates what has been described by several sound engineers as a "wall of sound."
The Podunk Throwbacks' style, presence and performance truly set them apart from the rest. They always give an amazing performance, be it a coffee shop, a bar or the big stage. They love and believe in what they do...with no costumes, "gimmicks" or formulation...and it shows! Their performances have engaged audiences of all ages time and again, from Boston to Nashville, taking their breath away and leaving them wanting more.
TODD SKILTON - SINGER, GUITARIST, SONGWRITER
Todd Skilton attended the Berklee College of Music. He was a member of the band, Shade, and has opened up for bands including, Til Tuesday, The Outlaws, The Fools, Robin Lane and the Chartbusters and Extreme. His song, "Life Inside Here," was the #1 song on Boston's WAAF for 16 consecutive weeks. Todd is currently on the guitar faculty of The Warner Theatre, Torrington, CT. He and his wife, Amy Jones, live in Unionville, CT.
AMY JONES - VIOLIN
Amy Jones, originally from Bethlehem, PA, is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music with a Bachelor's in Applied Viola and Music Theory, and a Master's in Music Theory. She is a member of The Eastern CT Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, New Britain Symphony and Wallingford Symphony, as well as the classical music contractor for Powerstation Events in Cheshire. Amy is on the violin/viola faculty of The Community Music School in Essex and The Warner Theatre in Torrington, gives private lessons in her Unionville studio, is the upper-strings assistant at the Waterbury Arts Magnet School and the upper strings teacher for BRAVO Waterbury at the Brass City Charter School. She and her husband, Todd Skilton, live in Unionville, CT.
How The Podunk Throwbacks Came to Be
They met through Timmy, who brought a cd of original songs (by Todd, of course) to his violin lesson to learn as part of his bucket list. They began talking more and more about the direction Timmy should take with the music, and eventually Todd sent the email that changed their lives....declaring he wanted to start dating, but couldn't afford dinner because he was broke. Surprised by his blatant honesty, and being broke, herself, Amy made a homecooked Asian meal, complete with tofu and only chopsticks on the table to test his sense of humor...and thus began their journey.
Neither one of them wanted a relationship based only on music, so they didn't start out playing together....until 5 months later neither of them could stand it anymore! They tried it out, got a gig at Jitters Cafe in Southington, and The Podunk Throwbacks were formed! One year later, and a lifetime's worth of experiences under their belts in only a year's time, they were married....and are still playing!