Colorado’s FY5 proudly swim in the deep currents of American music, playing new songs, well-informed of country and bluegrass traditions, but not bound to them. Featuring thoughtful arrangements, strong singing and musicianship, the band strives to connect to listeners with stories of common struggles and big ideas. While their sound evokes timelessness, it is decidedly contemporary, well-traveled 21st century sensibility that informs their songwriting.
As they share the stories that drive the songs, FY5's show leaves listeners certainly with tapping toes, but ranging thoughts as well. FY5 released their fourth full-length album in early 2018, The Way These Things Go. The record features their trademark story songs, clever arrangements and catchy hooks. The band was selected as an official showcase artist for the 2017 International Bluegrass Music Association conference including a songwriter showcase with Mike Finders.
“On Eat The Moon, all these elements combine in a partnership that recalls a time before roots music became watered down or overly polished. FY5’s synergy of styles carries the traditions of what came before with the frontier elements of the West, giving their music a sense of freedom and adventure that sounds fresh to our ears. If you’re searching for the ensemble that will bridge the gap between the Smokies and the Rockies, between East and West, old and new, this is for you." -- Hearth Music
This group will have appeal to people that enjoy a mix of styles tossed into their bluegrass salad. FY5 is casting a wide net with this release, and it’s got plenty of good picking and singing to go with the gritty songs Finders and his gang have assembled here.” -- David Thom, Bluegrass Today
“The straight-forwardness with which FY5 delivers bluegrass on the album is complimented delicately with large sprinkles of honky-tonk steel and glorious folk harmonies; all layered with a coating of thick, rich lyrical delivery and songwriting.” -- Charlie Englar, Scene Magazine
“Their performance breathes like an intimate porch jam, yet the tight arrangements, lilting harmonies, careful choreography around a central microphone, and instrumental precision display the group’s commitment to their music.” -- Henri Deschamps, Acousticana Journal