By Frank Krolicki
Fort Frances have proven they are a band that knows how to put a worthwhile spin on another artist's track. Adding to a short list that includes the likes of Beck and Will Smith in their "As Told By..." cover series, this time the guys decided to pay homage to the Grateful Dead with a rendition of the breezy "Ripple" of the 1970 album American Beauty. Fort Frances vocalist/guitarist David McMillin said this of the track and the decision to cover it:
"This marks the most calming and relaxing recording I think we've ever done,
and we all loved it: banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, snare drum and lots
of harmonies. We chose this particular tune because a) we love it and b)
we're gearing up for the Americana Music Festival this weekend. Jerry
Garcia was a past recipient of the AMA's President's Award."
Take a listen to the track and download it for free below. Also catch Fort Frances live at Schubas with Dry the River on September 28th.