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Somerville Creators

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David Griffith

Gone To Seed got its start in New England kitchens and living rooms amid the aromas of food simmering on the stove and the chatter of long-time friends. In 2009, a lively musical duel with a group across the street brought this fresh MA-based string band onto the front porch and out into the open. Based on bluegrass and old-time music, the band blends hints of jazz, folk and rock into their ‘roots-grass’ sound.

Their self-titled EP, released in October 2011, combines dynamic original tunes with vibrant covers that together pay tribute to the legacy of artists such as David Grisman and Bob Dylan, and the rising musical influence of bands like Old Crow Medicine Show and Trampled by Turtles. Gone to Seed’s songs are fluid and instinctive ranging from the fast-paced mandolin picking on the ironically titled ”Lullaby” to the plunging fiddle riffs marking a tale of hardship during the Dust Bowl on “Wichita” to the aching strains of longing on “Far Away.”

They’ve performed locally at the Lizard Lounge, State Street Pavilion, Midway Café, Bella Luna/Milky Way, Main Streets Market and Café and City Feed and Supply for First Thursday in Jamaica Plain. They’ve also played farther afield at Greenpoint Harbor Brewing Company on Long Island, Jimmy’s No. 43 in New York’s East Village, and to a packed town hall crowd on Isle au Haut off the coast of Maine.