If you haven’t heard of Fruition yet, then you’ve been missing out big time. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, these guys and gal have been around since 2008 playing music festivals around the country, opening for bands like Greensky Bluegrass, and becoming a staple in Colorado’s folk/bluegrass scene.
The band’s latest album, Labor of Love, is a testament to their growth as a group and how far they’ve come since their first self-titled album back in 2010. While keeping to their roots, Fruition’s sound is by no means just bluegrass or folk; they have incorporated rock and blues melodies that give them a fuller breadth of sound and a mature tone distinctly their own. Starting as a string-centric quintet eight years ago, they have evolved into a full band with sounds of Americana, soul, folk, and blues.
With three lead vocalists, (Mimi Naja, Jay Cobb Anderson, and Kellen Asebroek) the band has harmonies abound, delighting and satisfying eardrums like fruit to the tastebuds. Listening to any of their albums, (click here to do that) you’ll get to hear each of the songwriters sing their story. With Tyler Thompson on drums and Jeff Leonard on bass, Fruition emanates stompy beats and bluesy grooves that make your body move despite yourself, while the slower love ballads pull at your heartstrings just enough to make you feel things.
Check out Fruition’s “Labor of Love” music video:
Fruition has come a long way since their formation, from their performances at small town music festivals to their Red Rocks show this past summer with J.J. Gray & Mofro and The Infamous Stringdusters. Although Portland is Fruition’s birthplace, the band members have always considered Colorado their second home, and the feeling has become mutual. Being a state that loves soulful, bluesy, grassy tunes, Colorado folk have shown much love for this crew. So come see these incredibly talented and lovely humans on Friday at The Ogden Theatre in Denver and Saturday at Belly Up in Aspen as they play their biggest headlining venue yet! Tickets here.
See you there!
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