A Song & A Sip – Jon Stickley Trio

We’re excited to share this week’s featured song for your listening pleasure! Jon Stickley Trio combines musical roots from jazz, bluegrass, and hip-hop genres. The result is created in part by Jon Stickley’s nimble fingers on flatpick guitar along with the “wild, yet refined melodies” of Lyndsay Pruett on violin. Add the deep groove of Patrick Armitage on drum and you will understand the true meaning of the word fusion.

The trio has combined their diverse influences and styles to create a collection of “exciting and innovative original music” which includes their track “Rice Dream” from the group’s Lost at Last album.

Jon Stickley Trio’s often experimental compositions don’t fit neatly into a category, however they are authentic and stay true to the musicians’ roots.

“The inspiration of blending the rhythmic, fast-paced techniques of bluegrass with songs from the other end of the musical spectrum led to the formation of Stickley’s eponymous trio,” wrote Alli Marshall with Asheville’s Mountain Xpress.

You can hear the Jon Stickley Trio in Knoxville this Friday (March 25th) on the WDVX Blue Plate Special! Then, they’ll be playing later that evening at Boyd’s Jig & Reel.

We hope you enjoy this performance of Rice Dream. This track was also included on our WDVX Spring 2016 Fund Drive Thumb Drive.

And in the meantime, we also hope you enjoy this week’s spirited beverage recipe, which like the music of the Jon Stickley Trio, takes something familiar and combines it with something altogether new.

This is the latest in our blog series, A Song & A Sip, which is brought to you in part from our friends at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

Each week, they share a great drink recipe as part of their #WhatToDrinkWednesday, and we thought it would be fun to pair the drinks with an amazing music performance.

Sugar Plum Lemonade:

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2 oz Old Fashioned Lemonade Moonshine

1 oz Vodka

4 oz Sparkling White Grape Juice

1 oz Cranberry Juice

.25 oz of Fresh Lime Juice

Build ingredients over ice. Stir and garnish with a spear of 3 sugar rolled red grapes. Enjoy!