“FUNKY NEWGRASS HONK”
Starting in the summer of 2003, founding Papa String Band member Brett Mello started turning heads on the rocks of the Broad River with various friends. Many would gather 'round to listen to their new take on traditional bluegrass. The following spring, he formed a duo that started playing local bars and restaurants.
The band expanded its lineup with the additions of: experienced singer-songwriter LJ Errante on mandolin and vocals; bass player Gary Bishop; percussionist Jackson Wools; harmonica player Mike Fore and Matt Fenech on the drum kit has added other components to their ever expanding sound. This combination of unconventional instrumentation has allowed the band to push beyond traditional bluegrass, opening the doors for new experimentation and endless musical possibilities. The Papa String Band's "signature blend" of music is infused with the influences of blues, jazz, psychedelic, funk, bluegrass and jam.
Papa String Band’s music has been described as "Americana", "Jam" and even "Southern Fried Grateful Dead". Their live performances always include their own twist on covers of popular and more obscure songs, some blended together in long jams. Papa String simply calls their style "Funky Newgrass Honk", music that captures all ages and leaves fans with smiles on their faces. The Papa String Band has evolved into an ever-changing, spontaneous and unpredictable sensory experience, so "kick off your shoes, and hold on to your booze" cause the Papa String Band is coming to town!