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Putnam County band puts out its funk infused jams in new CD release

Oct. 30, 2009 @ 11:45 PM

HUNTINGTON -- During the week, Fletcher's Grove is a house divided.

Part of the band goes to West Virginia University and part of the band goes to Marshall.

But on the weekend, the five-man jam band of Putnam County boys brings it "all the way home."

Today, Oct. 31, the funk-infused jam band, of Hurricane and Winfield boys that formed in 2006, celebrates the release of its new all-originals CD, "All The Way Home," with an opening slot on the almost-legendary dance party, The Halloween Freektacular at The V Club, 741 6th Ave., starring Cincinnati's grand master of funk, Freekbass.

Doors open at 8 p.m. The show starts at 10 p.m., and you bet your Strawberry Shortcake, it's a Halloween Costume Party.

Cover is $10 at the door.

Made up of Ryan Krofcheck (vocals/rhythm guitar), Matt Marion (vocals/percussion), Wes Hager (lead guitar/flute), Taylor Pratt (bass) and Adam Greene (drums), Fletcher's Grove is ready to share its new CD. It was cut with engineer Jeff Bosley, formerly of Mountain Stage, and recorded in part at the Jomie Jazz Center at Marshall University.

Krofcheck said while not united in college or costume choices, the Grove is definitely one soul with its eclectic jam that blends in influences from Phish and Lotus back to the Allman Brothers and The Grateful Dead.

"We've been in between being a cover band and an original band," Krofcheck said. "Now we really want to be an original band and to get our CD out there. We don't know what that's like yet for people to listen to the songs we wrote and then come to the show and want to hear that."

That could change starting now with "All the Way Home" filled with nine original songs.

The band, which recorded its first demo with Brick & Stone Sound out of Nashville last year, hooked up with Bosley, who has done such projects as the recent "Still Moving Mountains" CD, when Hager met him on the MU jazz band's trip to Europe this summer playing the Montreux Festival.

"We spent the summer fine tuning everything and writing as much as possible," Krofcheck said. "The first song that we wrote, 'All the Way Home' we knew that was the song for the title track. It has all of these mentions of things from the valley and was so downhome with a bluegrass feel. When we recorded it, it felt so good and organic and natural that we didn't mess with it."

Recorded live over two weeks in August with few overdubs, Bosley caught the five-man-band making sweet jam on such freshly-written tunes as "All the Way Home," "Discotheque," "Alien Opera" and "Don't Take My Peace."

"We thought it was important that this CD was completely about the feel and improv and the communication through one another musically," Krofcheck said. "So it's exactly how it is at a live show and that's what we wanted, something good out with some good jams and showing what everybody can do."

The band, which just drew more than 150 fans into 123 Pleasant St., is excited to be back playing Huntington, since it hasn't played here in a while even though Hager, Pratt and Greene, all go to Marshall.

Krofcheck said they've also got a couple big area shows planned for Thanksgiving weekend at Shamrocks in Huntington (Friday, Nov. 27) and at Creekside Cafe in Hurricane (Saturday, Nov. 28).

"It seems like things are starting to happen and there's a scene and people wanting to hear the music here," Krofcheck said. "We have a really good feeling that we are starting to change things."

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