Gypsy Lumberjacks are a Minneapolis based Americana band with a sound consisting of a mix of World Beat, Flamenco, Caribbean, Gypsy Jazz and Bluegrass. With such a range of influences, there is something for everyone to latch on to in the music. Known for never performing with a set list, Gypsy Lumberjacks prefer to rely on each other’s leads and changes. This isn’t to say that the songs fall into a set pattern. The Lumberjacks rarely play a song the exact same way twice or in the same order. Even after touring relentlessly for nearly five years now, the older songs are still evolving and finding new life any given night they are performed. Not to mention that new songs are consistently being introduced into the repertoire (which now boasts nearly four hours of original music and countless covers).
The songs are not the only things that bring new life to each evening. Gypsy Lumberjacks start with a solid core structure of the studied and fluid acoustic guitar stylings of Leif Magnuson, the solid and exploratory bass guitar of Peter Verdin, and the articulate rhythms of Ben Karon on Cajon. Add Leif’s voice as the cherry on top and you have what Conrad Magalis of the University Chronicle called “the best sound of the season.” From this core structure there is a revolving door of musicians that frequent the Lumberjack stage. Most commonly Doug Christiansen adding rhythmic support on a variety of world percussion instruments, Cliff Smyrl on accordion, James Berget on fiddle, and if you are lucky enough to catch these guys in the mountains around Colorado, you might just see chess master Jacques Delguerre fill in on Concertina. To sum it up, this show is a ‘can’t miss’ for any lover of live music looking to broaden their musical horizons with a fresh energetic take on what defines Americana today.