Monday, May 2, 2016

The Appleseed Collective to Perform at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center May 14

The Appleseed Collective will be performing on Saturday, May 14th, at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center.  Show starts at 8pm.  Advanced tickets are $14,  $16 at door.  Members save an additional $2.  Tickets may be purchased online at or at the Art Center Coffee House.  For more information visit the website or call (585) 593-3000.
The Appleseed Collective is a four-piece Americana band that’s toured the United States since 2010, serving up songs new and old — barn-burners, old soul jazz, airy mood pieces, bluesy digressions — to crowds hungry for more.  Their music is a rich Dixie-Gypsy roots-music melange with a modern twist, a long-simmering stew of old-time, ragtime and bluegrass constantly refreshed with immigrant sounds and international spices.
Each part of the Collective comes together to form an amalgam of complementary and contrasting elements. With a Motown session musician for a father, guitarist Andrew Brown was exposed to pre-World War II jazz on a trip to New Orleans. Shortly afterwards, a chance meeting introduced him to Brandon Smith, violinist, mandolinist and improvisatory magician who grew up playing old time fiddle music. Vince Russo, multi-percussionist, blends influences of funk, jazz and rock n’ roll on the washboard. Eric Dawe comes from a background of choral singing and studies in Indian classical music and provides the bottom end on the upright bass. The whole band sings in harmony.
No Americana sound could ring so true unless it’s been seasoned with uncounted highway miles.  The Appleseed Collective has toured coast-to-coast-to-coast-to-coast, from the Atlantic seaboard to the Pacific Ocean, the shores of Lake Superior to the tip of Florida, recording two studio albums — Baby to Beast (2012) and Young Love (2014) — a live album, Live at the Ark (2014), and most recently a live EP and web series, The Tour Tapes (2016).  In 2016 they will record their brand new sound — part everything that’s come before with more than a hint of what’s to come. 
The Appleseed Collective is not a bluegrass band. It’s not The Hot Club of Paris. It’s not a ragtime cover band. The Appleseed Collective represents Americana music rooted in traditions from all over the world and from every decade, creating a live experience that welcomes every soul and is impossible to replicate.
“…music served best alongside a roaring campfire but that also has the ability to challenge the rafters of any grand arena.” -Joshua Pickard, BEATS PER MINUTE
“If the Roma gypsies had somehow wound up scattered throughout Appalachia instead of Eastern Europe, their music would sound a helluva lot like The Appleseed Collective — ‘a little gypsy, a little dixie.’” -THE E-CURRENT