They make music
for anyone who squirms giddily at the symphony or geeks out over complicated
arrangements and often ignored time signatures.
After more than two decades in the business, the Flecktones could have fallen into the rut of writing only slightly different versions of their songs. Instead, they continued to push further. “Unique” is for amateurs. “Innovative” is for the simple-minded. The Flecktones continue to perfect, expand and recreate their sound.
The Flecktones are equally
extraordinary on their own. Fleck has worked with other musicians to release a
multitude of side projects, including the CD/DVD exploration of the banjo’s
roots, Throw Down Your Heart. Roy “Futureman” Wooten has continued to
tweak the functions of his own unique instrument, the drumitar. Vic Wooten’s
bass skills have lead him across the globe and earned him a Grammy nomination
for his album Yin-Yang in 1999. Meanwhile, diatonic harmonica
extraordinaire Howard Levy is featured on albums from the likes of Paul Simon,
Dolly Parton and Styx.
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