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Evergreen Grass Band / Press

“The five-man group from Eau Claire, Wis., the Evergreen Grass Band, will return to Iowa City to play fast bluegrass/punk-rock. Some of its musical influences include Slit Lip Rayfield, Smashing Pumpkins, and Metallica. "There are lots of different styles of bluegrass, and we play a very nontraditional style," said Tim Litscher, the guitarist and vocalist of the band. "There are a lot of punk-rock elements in our music that make it a little bit different." The members of the group play guitar, acoustic bass, mandolin, banjo, and harmonica. Litscher said the group plays covers and original songs and produces a multidimensional show, mixing covers of songs with improvised solos and various harmonial structures. "We don't limit our songwriting to any one area; we talk about life and the things we find interesting, and beautiful, and fun," Litscher said. "[Concert-goers] should wear their drinking and dancing shoes — we play some fast bluegrass," Litscher said.”

"Come down to the Popcorn Tavern Saturday night and see the best band Eau Claire has produced since Bon Iver. We've never met that guy before, but we bet the Evergreen Grass Band are a lot more fun to party with. The self-proclaimed "not quite a bluegrass band" brings a full show with five string players and a harmonica ace, and their harmonies are so infectious it's hard not to get done. But the EGB isn't all moonshine and knee-slapping (not that there's anything wrong with that), the group has a smart rock & roll sensibility, and they recently performed a full set of Smashing Pumpkins songs. Who knows what they'll bring for their long-awaited return to the Popcorn. We just know we'll be there.

“Defending the title they earned last year, EverGreen Grass Band is once again your No. 1 choice for sweet, sweet bluegrassy goodness. Billing themselves as “unapologetic anti-grass” EverGreen is firmly entrenched in the Midwest’s army of non-traditional bluegrass. As writer Martha Galep says, “Armed with lightning fast, laser accurate bluegrass instruments, the EverGreen Grass Band takes the stage loaded for bear and delivers a show that takes no prisoners.””

“Toes usually begin to tap at around ten o’clock most Friday nights at The Mousetrap. One particular Friday, feet start to stomp as Eau Claire’s Evergreen Grass Band rolls through a typically fiery set at the Barstow Street tavern. The twang of the banjo and whine of the fiddle are balanced by the rumble of the crowd, pounding their boots against floorboards in 4/4 time. As the night wears on and more drinks are had, the thunder below the stage almost drowns out the instruments above. Such is a common scene anytime a bluegrass band stops by for a show at “The Trap.””

“On the heels of the release of their first CD, the EverGreen Grass Band takes first choice for Best Bluegrass Band. This comes as no surprise to their fans who always appear at their shows in great numbers and are seen singing along to the original tunes that the band has made their trademark.”

“Based in Eau Claire, this six-member group shuns the traditional bluegrass approach and jumps out with pleasant surprises. The first track, Rusty Nail, evokes the challenges and ironies of modern life, yet convincesthe listener that all is well in the reassuring tag on the chorus: “Sometimes I’m barely even scraping by … I will get by.” The arrangement includes a few tricks that really work – a little timing jump, the harmonica demanding equal time, and great vocals that soothe without placating. Written by guitarist Tim Litscher, this first track really sets the tone for the whole disc; energy, musicianship, and a “we’re all in this together “ attitude grounds the band’s sound into a solid offering. If this tune doesn’t get you moving, you are dead.”

“There is no way to fully describe live bluegrass. There's absolutely no way that I could capture it on video tape. The energy level, the excitement, was just unable to be compressed. Its really, truly, wild. The musicians were primarily face down, intent on their instruments. The music, I would best describe by the word, careening. Hurdling down this path on the edge of control. You don't really know if everyone on stage knows where it is all going. But the end comes, and you realize you just had a hell of a ride. That was fun! ”