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Matt Flinner's "Music du Jour Tour" of Utah and Colorado

By Mandolin Cafe
August 4, 2006 - 7:00 am

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Matt Flinner

Matt Flinner

The Matt Flinner Trio, one of the hottest groups on the new-acoustic and bluegrass scenes, will be performing in Utah and Colorado in mid-August as part of a new music project.

The tour, dubbed by the members the "Music du Jour Tour," will have the trio writing new music each day and performing that music each evening.

"We'll do one set of new music written that day, and one set of older music---at least a day old---as well," Flinner explains. With Ross Martin, an increasingly familiar face on the new acoustic scene on guitar, and Eric Thorin from the popular bluegrass band Open Road on bass, the trio promises to explore an expansive musical terrain.

Mandolinist Matt Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways. Starting out as a banjo prodigy who was playing bluegrass festivals before he entered his teens, Flinner later took up the mandolin, won the National Banjo Competition in Winfield, Kansas in 1990, and won the mandolin award there the following year.

He moved to Nashville in 1999 and is now widely considered one of the hottest and most creative mandolin players on the acoustic scene. His two solo albums for Compass Records, The View from Here and Latitude, both featured bluegrass stalwarts Todd Phillips, David Grier, Stuart Duncan, Jerry Douglas and Darol Anger, and received high critical acclaim.

Flinner actively tours with Phillips and Grier (in Phillips, Grier and Flinner) and the modern Mandolin Quartet, as well as with the Matt Flinner Trio and Matt Flinner Quartet, which released its Walking on the Moon CD on Compass in 2002.

Flinner's unique approach should be taken to new places by the du Jour Tour. "We don't know what to expect---the shows could be some of the best music you've ever heard or they could completely crash and burn. Either way, I think it ought to be entertaining," Flinner says.

More information is available at: compassrecords.com/artists/matt-flinner

Aug 14, 2006
Salt Lake City, Utah
The Art Barn, 7:30 p.m.

Aug 16, 2006
Carbondale, Colorado
Steve's Guitars, 8:30 p.m.
970.963.3304

Aug 17, 2006
Paonia, Colorado
Paradise Theater
8:00 p.m.
(970) 527-6610

Aug 18, 2006
Salida, Colorado
Bongo Billy's Salida Cafe
8:30 p.m.
719.539.4261

Also (not part of du Jour dates):
Aug 15, 2006
Lafayette, Colorado
house concert
8:30 p.m.
(303) 242-5943

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