Clearspring Bluegrass, Sunday, May 18, 2014, 4:00pm

St. Anne's Community Concert Series presents our next FREE community concert!

Clearspring is a hard driving, traditional bluegrass band formed in the Frederick, Maryland area in 2011 by Matthew Geiger, John Leatherman, Eric Knowles, and Jason Hannan. Since its inception, Clearspring has been dedicated to performing energetic, spirited bluegrass, including both original material and a unique spin on the genre’s classic traditions. The past three years have seen Clearspring grow from a local band playing to audiences in the greater Frederick area, to a band with a growing national profile, performing alongside the like of Danny Paisley & and the Southern Grass, and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. Danny Paisley has been particularly supportive, saying of the bands’ vocals, “You guys do it right!”

Since 2012, the band has released two albums on its own Waiting for Lester label. The band’s first album, Hard Times Comin’, was given 3 of 4 stars by the Frederick News-Post, who said, “Fundamentally speaking, Clearspring’s formula for bluegrass is flawless.....These four men go beyond the town of capable and wind up somewhere near the city of exceptional.” The cd featured strong songwriting by both Matthew Geiger and Eric Knowles. The bands’ second release, Stars in the City, represented a step forward in the bands’ growth, featuring fresh material, such as Jason & Katie Hannan’s title song, Stars in the City.

2014 sees the band continue to grow and progress, with the band booking several high profile events to follow up on 2013’s success, as well as a new album in the works. Matt, John, Jason, and Eric are all very excited to see what 2014 brings!