Over the course of the last 3 years, Junior League Band has been spreading the gospel of bluegrass-inspired folk rock all over the country. But not to be pigeon-holed, their sound manages to incorporate a wider range of styles, taking into account each of the band members backgrounds and influences.
Started by Lissy Rosemont in 2006 here in the District, the Georgia-bred vocalist and finger picker has led her rotating cast of intrumentalists to headlining sets at this city’s best venues and across the nation. The band has garnered comparisons to the likes of Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch, yet manages to carve out their own identity with a chunkier, folk rock sound.
Music has always been in Lissy’s blood, with both of her parents being musicians themselves, and a family who runs family runs the oldest fiddler’s festival in the country, the Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention in Union Grove, NC. Despite being drawn to Washington DC to pursue dreams of higher education, she found her true calling here in music and hasn’t looked back.
This Friday, January 15, Rosemont and the Junior League Band headline 9:30 club, accompanied by another DC band that focuses on this city’s twangy history, Justin Jones & the Driving Rain.
This past weekend, Lissy and fiddler Sadie Dingfelder came by to share a couple of their new songs with us, and you. You may get to hear a version of these songs on Friday, but not in such an intimate setting.
Enjoy! We look forward to seeing you on Friday.
Junior League Band plays at the 9:30 Club with Justin Jones & The Driving Rain on Friday, January 15th, 2010. Doors open at 8.