Sharing a common love of music, whiskey and life on the road, Fruition were originally brought together by the lure of adventure. For the last five years, the Portland, OR string infused quintet has racked up the miles playing sold out shows in their adopted hometown and garnering new fans across the country. On July 30th, Fruition will release Just One of Them Nights, an album that finds the band tackling the many struggles and successes that come along with living a vagabond lifestyle and the search for artistic clarity.
Jay Cobb Anderson (lead guitar/vocals) and Keith Simon (bass) moved from Idaho to the Pacific Northwest with nothing but their instruments and some drinking money. They spent their days busking the streets and their nights exploring Portland’s rich music scene. In 2008, the duo met fellow street performers Kellen Asebroek (guitar) and Georgia-born Mimi Naja (mandolin/vocals). Feeling an instant connection, the foursome decided to embark on a new collaboration. Just a few short weeks later, the like-minded new friends found themselves in a living room crowded around a microphone and recording Hawthorne Hoedown - an album that took one day to record but forged a lasting connection.
For the next three years, Fruition traveled up and down Highway 101 busking the streets, playing small clubs, sleeping on couches, and building a devout fan base through word of mouth. They caught the ear of Hot Buttered Rum’s Nat Keefe in 2009, who eventually produced a self-titled album for the band in 2009. Shortly thereafter, Jay and Keith’s high school buddy Tyler Thompson (drums) joined the group, amplifying their sound and elevating them to the versatile Americana-meets-Rock n Roll enigma that they are today.
Fruition have become arduous road warriors traveling the country and showcasing their adventures and experiences through song. In 2011, Fruition recorded the EP It Won't Be Long, the band’s first effort as a five-piece. Soon after, the group's three prominent songwriters, Anderson, Asebroek and Naja, discovered they had penned over forty tunes. The band knew it was time for the next level of their journey - to create a top-notch album recorded in a professional recording studio and capturing their foot-stomping, high-energy string-infused songs. The only hitch... where was a nomadic group of independent musicians going to find the funds to create this high caliber album? The answer came in the form of a successful Kickstarter campaign in which Fruition surpassed their goal of $20,000 through the help of friends, family and diehard fans.
Slated for release on July 30th, Just One of Them Nights was recorded at Old School Studios in Casper, CA. The album features eleven selections and introduces Kellen and Mimi on piano and Tyler on banjo. The first featured single from the album, “Mountain Annie,” is poised to become an Americana classic. The song’s steady gait and memorable melody hook audiences on first listen while Anderson’s lyrics address longing for a lover who is no longer present. On Kellen’s “Blue Light,” the band ventures into electric Rock 'n Roll territory and quickly transitions into a traditional country rhythm without missing a beat. “Blue Light” features exuberant solos from Jay on guitar and Mimi on mandolin offering fans a taste of what’s in store at the band’s live shows. On “The Wanter,” penned by Naja, the band erupts into a classic bluegrass inferno of fast and furious string picking showcasing their skill as well as some of their influences. And on “Get In” the band slows it down a notch to capture the mood of swimming in a languid ocean. The track sounds both fresh and familiar peppered with three-part harmonies and Naja on mandolin.
Over the years, Fruition have collaborated with Leftover Salmon, Railroad Earth, Danny Barnes, ALO, Elephant Revival and The Head and The Heart. They've thrilled audiences at festivals including High Sierra Music Festival, Northwest String Summit and All Good Music Festival, and played for packed rooms at Portland, OR’s Crystal Ballroom, Boulder, CO’s Fox Theater, San Francisco, CA’s Great American Music Hall, Boston, MA’s Brighton Music Hall and more. With no sign of slowing down, the band takes each day as it comes. From broken down vans and whiskey shots, to the lovers and loved-ones who check-in through the miles, at the end of the day it's Just One of Them Nights for this talented bunch who are experiencing a radiant present and looking towards an even brighter future.
As an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, Rob Morrow is a critically acclaimed actor, writer, and director with an established career in television spanning over three decades. This fall, Morrow will star in "The Whole Truth" opposite Maura Tierney. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the legal drama chronicles how a case is built from the perspective of both the defense and the prosecution. The show will air Wednesday nights at 10:00PM on ABC. On the big screen, Rob will next star in the independent film The Good Doctor opposite Orlando Bloom. He was recently seen in Rob Reiner's The Bucket List starring opposite Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, which grossed over $170 million worldwide. Morrow's other film credits include: Michael Hoffman's critically acclaimed film, The Emperor's Club opposite Kevin Kline; Robert Redford's Oscar-nominated film Quiz Show opposite Ralph Fiennes and John Turturro; Daisy von Scherler Mayer's The Guru opposite Heather Graham; Albert Brooks' comedy Mother; Bruce Beresford's Last Dance opposite Sharon Stone; and Sean Smith and Anthony Stark's Into My Heart opposite Claire Forlani and Jake Weber. Morrow recently starred on the long running CBS hit drama, "Numb3rs". He is also well known for his critically acclaimed portrayal of New York doctor gone-to Alaska, Joel Fleischman, on the hit television series, "Northern Exposure", which garnered him three Golden Globes and two Emmy Award nominations for "Best Actor in a Dramatic Series." He also starred on the critically acclaimed Showtime original television series, "Street Time". His other television credits include starring as John Wilkes Booth in the TNT movie The Day Lincoln Was Shot, Lifetime's Custody opposite James Denton, the CBS Hallmark Entertainment mini-series Only Love opposite Marisa Tomei, the Showtime movie The Thin Blue Lie opposite Randy Quaid and Paul Sorvino and the CBS movie, Jenifer opposite Laura San Giacomo, Annabella Sciorra, Jane Kaczmarek, and Marisa Tomei. As a director, Rob's credits include three episodes of "Numb3rs", an episode of HBO's crime drama "Oz", three episodes of Showtime's original television series "Street Time", and three episodes of CBS' highly lauded drama "Joan of Arcadia" . Morrow made his directorial debut with The Silent Alarm, which premiered at the 1993 Seattle Film Festival, and went on to screen at the Hamptons, Boston, Edinburgh, and Sundance Film Festivals, with its television debut on Bravo. He also directed Maze, an independent feature, which he wrote, produced and co-starred in with Laura Linney in November 2001. A native New Yorker, Morrow began his theater career working for Tom O'Horgan and Norman Mailer. On Stage, Morrow starred in the hit Broadway show The Exonerated, a drama based on the true tales of six innocent death-row inmates, opposite Penn Jillette and Mia Farrow. Morrow also appeared in Third Street, at the Circle Repertory Theatre and London's West End production of Birdy. He has also been committed to the theater as a founding member of the nonprofit ensemble Naked Angels, along with Marisa Tomei, Fisher Stevens, Ron Rifkin and Nancy Travis, among others. Morrow is on the Board of Directors of Project ALS. Co-founded by Jenifer Estess, who was diagnosed with ALS in 1997, Project ALS is committed to funding the research necessary for finding effective treatments and a cure for people living with ALS, a fatal neuromuscular disease.
Girls and Boys:
The chance meeting between one girl and one boy has resulted in a fruitful musical partnership that grows by the day. Girls and Boys released their first album in October 2011, the impeccably produced The Feel of the Sun. Recorded in top studios around the Bay Area over the course of two years, The Feel of the Sun is filled with emotional, intricately woven songs that conjure feelings of loves lost and found. Featuring Mark Tarlton (drums) and Victor Relli (guitar), both long-time bandmates of Josh, the album’s melodies are driven home by a rhythm section that’s played together for more than 10 years.
Girls and Boys strive to play soulful and nourishing music straight from the heart. “Music is a code for human emotions,” says Josh. “And feelings and emotions are two of the big things in and for our music.”