of World Beat, Flamenco, Caribbean, Gypsy Jazz and Bluegrass. With such a range of influences, there is something for everyone to latch on to in the music. Known for never performing with a set list, Gypsy Lumberjacks prefer to rely on each other’s leads and changes. This isn’t to say that the songs fall into a set pattern. The Lumberjacks rarely play a song the exact same way twice or in the same order. Even after touring relentlessly for six years now, the older songs are still evolving and finding new life any given night they are performed. Not to mention that new songs are consistently being introduced into the repertoire (which now boasts nearly four hours of original music and countless covers).
The Lumberjacks new album “Pulling Upon the Strap”, released in March of this year, was heralded by Mark Davis of All Whats Rock as “a one of a kind CD”. Cyrus Rhodes of the Indie Music Digest goes on to say “From start to finish Pulling Upon the Strap by Gypsy Lumberjacks is an amazing collection of music. The songwriting – the gold standard, all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair, and signature groove. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really weak piece on this entire catalog.” Zachary Reynolds of Gig Band agrees adding that “Pulling Upon The Strap: is powerful, explosive, eccentric, danceable CD that at times and yet courageously explores the boundaries between modern alt-rock and clever high energy folk with and uncommon subtlety and fumbled grace.”
Carly Smith of Indie Artist Alliance stated that Gypsy Lumberjacks are “a red hot band from Minnesota.” One that “will satisfy many, thus filling the void left by millions of band who cannot dive this deep – not even close. This outlier style of music is not only mastered by the Gypsy Lumberjacks, it also deserves a much wider and attentive audience to say the least.” With an average of 80 shows a year for the past six years it is safe to say that the Lumberjacks have not shied away from finding that “attentive audience they deserve”. 2014 has been spent touring in support of this album, continually expanding their tour radius to now cover the majority of the United States. Richard Clay of Skope Magazine summed it up stating “Gypsy Lumberjacks are a force to be reckoned with live or in the studio.” Hot off the release of this album, the band already has their sights set both back in the studio. There are also talks of expanding touring to an international level in 2015. This show is a can’t miss for any lover of live music looking to broaden their musical horizons with a fresh energetic take on what defines Americana today.
“Pulling Upon The Strap” is available on itunes, Spotify, amazon, gypsylumberjacks.com and at all live performances. Full tour dates at gypsylumberjacks.com.