Telluride Bluegrass: Fretliners Debut on the Main Stage Saturday, June 22!

Telluride Bluegrass: Fretliners Debut on the Main Stage Saturday, June 22!

The 51st annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival takes place June 20 – June 23.  The Fretliners open the action on the Main Stage, Saturday, June 22.

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“The Fretliners won the 50th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the 51st Rockygrass Festival band contests last year, so the group is already a big hit with Festavarians,” said Grace Barrett, Planet Bluegrass.

Telluride Bluegrass, 2023!


The Fretliners Fox Theatre, Boulder CO 2/24/2024


Fretlinerrs, courtesy the band.

Breaking: Following their triumph at the esteemed 50th Annual Telluride Band Competition, The Fretliners released a three-song project, “Three of a Kind,” on Friday, May 31. In their first recorded music since their debut album and made possible by last year’s victory, the project showcases the band’s eclectic musical prowess and pays homage to their formative experience at Telluride Bluegrass.

The Fretliners, hailed as one of the most promising acts in contemporary bluegrass, secured free studio time at ETown as part of their winnings, allowing them to craft an exceptional musical offering for their fans. “Three of a Kind” comprises three tracks that capture the essence of the band’s journey and musical influences….”

The Fretliners are a powerhouse progressive bluegrass quartet born around a single microphone in the Cloverlick banjo barn in the Rocky Mountains. The chemistry was instant and became their glue. With one eye on the rear-view, inspired by that traditional high lonesome sound, The Fretliners are navigating a road less traveled into the lofty peaks of Rocky Mountain original bluegrass.

The Fretliners are Tom Knowlton on guitar; Taylor Shuck on upright bass; Dan Andree on fiddle; and Sam Parks on mandolin. These prolific pickers and singers have intense, fluent musical conversations on stage that invite their audiences into a robust musical conversation.

Festavarians can expect hard-driving energy, exhilarating solos, soaring vocals, and captivating lyrical stories. So fasten your seatbelts – or better, don’t – because The Fretliners show is going to take the crowd for an unforgettable ride.

Taylor Shuck is an accomplished musician and songwriter hailing from Colorado, who also plays guitar and banjo. He uses those instruments to write songs often found in The Fretliners repertoire. When not playing with his friends,  Taylor spends time cooking, snowboarding, fly-fishing, hiking with his dog and working at Grace Design building pro-audio gear.

Taylor Shuck, courtesy Fretliners.

For his history and a history of the Fretliners, please listen to TIO’s podcast with Taylor:

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