Still Hand String Band is a four-piece progressive jam grass machine, instilling their hand into the future of bluegrass music. Hailing from the coal region of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Still Hand plays a wide variety of original and cover material leaving no genre of music untouched. Their heap of originals, although bluegrass at heart, are influenced by rock, jazz, country, psychedelia, reggae, classical compositions, and other traditional and nontraditional styles. Lyrical content ranges from songs about the open road, dodging the law, fleeing society, riding the American railroad drunk in a boxcar, strong whiskey, fast women and many other every day occurrences. With all four members coming from very different musical backgrounds, none of which being bluegrass, they have found a sound that you can’t quite put a name on, other than…. SpazzGrass.
The band boasts a long list of original material, some of which can be found on their debut recording, Little Spiders Sessions. Since their first studio endeavor, the band has piled on new originals and reinvigorated songs they played in the beginning, adapting to their ever-changing musical landscape. They’re expecting to hit the studio again in 2016 for another full length release, and much more in the future.
SHSB has a knack for taking the songs of yesteryear and revitalizing them with a modern twist and a youthful vigor. For the past four years they have taken the northeast festival and club scene by storm, as well as touring in the Midwest and the South, sharing the bill with a whole slew of nationally recognized acts such as, Mickey Hart Band, 7 Walkers, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Melvin Seals & JGB, The Wailers, Dark Star Orchestra, John K, Golden Gate Wingmen, Keller Williams, Cabinet, Terrapin Flyer, Larry Keel Experience, Kimock, ALO, Antibalas, and Floodwood to name a few. Wherever they play these guys are sure to get the crowd astompin’.