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The Trouble Notes

Lose Your Ties Album Release Tour - The Trouble Notes
Lose your ties and prepare yourself for a journey (in your favorite concert hall in your city)! The Trouble Notes Lose Your Ties Release Tour has its‘debut on February 16th, 2018 in Hamburg and will serenade through Germany. In the name of sacrifice and hope, the tour ties together the last three years of travel and their individual development within their respective musical journeys. Common passions replace old careers and connect the three musicians violinist Bennet Cerven, guitarist Florian Eisenshmidt and percussionist Oliver Maguire. Inspired by their encounters and new cultures their songs resemble a musical compass. Together they conquer the world with their music.

The Trouble Notes:

The story of The Trouble Notes starts in Manhattan at a Wall Street investment fund and leads to the metropolis Berlin marking the beginning of a new chapter. This chapter stands in the name of travel and lets the group understand that music is a universal language. Their emotional, pan-cultural music, forms personal memories into a colorful melting pot of different traditions. Their songs lack lyrics, because they want the listener to be able to create his or her own vision of what transpires in each song and not restrict it by any language other than music itself.

"Music from everywhere for everyone“.

Through the art of storytelling, the group invites their audience to join them on a cultural and geographical expedition. The development of the travelling musician is not only audible, but omnipresent. The great response of the audience and various online platforms in Germany, UK and France, result from the group’s ability to share their energy with their audience and fascinate them by breaking with musical traditions. Perhaps it is also their natural openness, that is extremely charming and enchanting. Everyone that joins the universe of The Trouble Notes remains a part of it, and often morph from a normal concertgoer into a true Troublemaker- sharing in the journey of the group.

In November 2017, the debut album Lose Your Ties will be released, followed by a release tour in February 2018.

The main theme of the album is their story. Risking the safety of home and job to follow a passionate dream – experiencing new cultures (specifically their music), and enhancing our repertoire. While our specific dream is important, Lose Your Ties applies to everyone in a general sense. It’s about identifying what you want, then finding your obstacles, and setting yourself free from all that holds you back from living your dreams.

Lose Your Ties is not only the tales of experience past, but the start of our new journey. Austin Quattlebaum, Southern Gent and Banjo Slinger, brings more to the table than just music. With his infectious smile and weird antics, he brings people together; encouraging comradery and building community. It's undeniable that he loves the music and he’s a hell of a banjo picker to boot. Quattlebaum’s playing style is rooted in traditional southern bluegrass, but his stage presence and improvisational nature have morphed it into something all his own.

His childhood home of Savannah, GA shines through in the swampy tones and sleepy Southern lilt of the banjo in his 2013 LP, The Ghost Tangled in the Oaks. This year, he’ll be heading out on a national tour in support of his upcoming Sophomore EP Release, scheduled for fall 2018. With an arsenal of instruments at his back, he weaves banjo, guitar and hilarious storytelling into his sets seamlessly. Sung with a bit of gravel in his throat, his tunes capture audience’s attention everywhere he goes.

After years of rambling around the country performing and guiding whitewater trips, Quattlebaum’s adventures landed him in Portland, OR nearly 4 years ago. He quickly dove into the local music scene and founded the up and coming bluegrass-ish band, Crow and the Canyon. C.&.t.C. hit the Portland scene with a bang, achieving many accolades, notoriety, and festival plays in their short history. They’ve recently been selected as a 2018 ensemble for the American Music Abroad Program (put on by the U.S. State Department) where they will be traveling across Africa teaching groups, hosting workshops, entertaining foreign dignitaries and collaborating with African bands along the way.

In addition to Crow and the Canyon, Quattlebaum can also be seen with the 8 headed folk monster band from San Francisco, The Sam Chase and the Untraditional. Raising a ruckus at festivals like Outside Lands, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and High Sierra. Quattlebaum has shared stages with everyone from Railroad Earth to Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and all his friends in between. Whether taking the stage with one of his projects or all on his own, Quattlebaum isn't shy and always brings a good time.