This internationally touring and innovative quartet’s diverse style transcends genre by fusing elements of jazz, blues, rock and jam with traditional bluegrass instrumentation. The band’s distinct sound appeals to everyone from the most discerning traditional bluegrass listeners to the most enthusiastic jamband fans. Band members Julio Appling (bass, vocals), Liz Chibucos (guitar, fiddle, vocals), Mark Gerolami (banjo, guitar, vocals), and Chad Kimbler (mandolin, vocals), have served as musical ambassadors for the U.S. State Department performing in 17 countries on 5 continents including Yemen, Algeria, Burma, Thailand, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, and Paraguay. The band has been featured in the US at prominent Pacific Northwest festivals and international institutions like the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia and the Cosquin Folk Festival in Cosquin, Argentina.
The 11 originals explore all avenues of grass from ‘blue’ to ‘new’ to ‘jam’ with some ample swing and twang thrown in for good measure. The leadoff track “Culture Shock,” written after the band returned from an international tour, is a playful look at the disconcerting aspects of world travel. The spirited “Penicillin” is a light-hearted frolic about broken hearts and the need for a remedy. “The Beer Grows Sticky In The Morning” showcases the band’s knack for eccentric songwriting quirk, finding worthy subjects in such everyday things as an unfinished beer left overnight, or in a camp chair breaking as in “Plum Wonkey.” For “Something Different,” the instrumental affirms that The Student Loan can pick in the purest bluegrass tradition.
In support of their new album, The Student Loan will be touring throughout the Northwest in 2014. For more information please visit: www.TheStudentLoanMusic.com