Free Grass Union is a progressive five-piece string band, stemming from New York. They are known for their exciting and imaginative spin on traditional bluegrass music. Their genre-defying music has spread throughout the East Coast of the United States and continues to spark the attention of audiences every time they play.
They have shared the bill with David Grisman, Donna Jean & The Tricksters, Ricky Scaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Keller Williams, Rusted Root, Frank Wakefield, Gordon Stone, The Wailers, and many other world-renowned musicians.
Free Grass Union was featured in the August 2010 edition of Relix Magazine. They have also been featured in New York State's popular music magazines the Groove Link and Upstate LIVE. Popularity of the band has also grown due to the spotlight from Stony Brook University's radio station DJs.
The artist Sean Poole painted the founding members of Free Grass Union in 2007, the painting gained great popularity in the music festival community.
Free Grass Union has independently recorded and released one album, Circles (2008). They are currently working on a second album which should be available the summer of 2011.
Free Grass Union is known around the north east music festival circuit for their late night camp-fire jam sessions. They have been known to regularly play until the sun comes up. Many promoters hire them for the ambiance their acoustic stylings bring to the camp sites. Author and musician, Patrick McAnulty, from the music magazine, Upstate LIVE, stated"... a New York music festival isn't a music festival without a Free Grass Union campfire."
By constantly gaining the attention of new followers, the audience never knows what to expect when they hear Free Grass Union's music. Brian Ferdman of Relix magazine was blown away by Free Grass Union's performance, when he heard them in New York City. In his article he stated, "Free Grass Union was very impressive. I was not at all expecting a bass-mandolin-guitar trio with serious pickers who could harmonize well. These guys were picking with speed and skill, and they weren't restricted to bluegrass, pulling out a little jazz and a little Latin, as well as Peter Rowan's "Free Mexican Airforce." I was honestly quite surprised that a band this good from long Island has been flying under the radar, and any grass/acoustic fans on this list would really love these guys."