Jon Stickley Trio Brings Progressive Bluegrass to Hendersonville Theatre - TribPapers

Jon Stickley Trio Brings Progressive Bluegrass to Hendersonville Theatre

The Jon Stickley Trio, photo provided.

Hendersonville – The Jon Stickley Trio will perform on stage as part of Hendersonville Theatre’s Hometown Sound Music Series on Saturday, April 22. Online at or by calling the Box Office at (828) 692-1082, tickets cost $25. 10% off is offered to groups of ten or more.

The Jon Stickley Trio is a bluegrass band with elements of jam band, grunge, folk-punk, and gypsy jazz. The instrumental trio’s deep rhythms, inventive flat-picking, and sultry-spacy violin are praised for pushing boundaries and transcending genres.

Dave King, a renowned jazz drummer and producer, pushed the trio to abandon vocals and switch solely to instrumental music in 2015. It took us some time to accept that concept, according to Stickley. “At first, we strongly responded, ‘No, not at all. Everyone always encourages us to sing more throughout our performances. But we clung to the notion that it was the most authentic expression of what we do best.

The Jon Stickley Trio has since shifted their focus to instrumental progressive bluegrass. Stickley is now regarded as one of the greatest flat-picking guitarists. The group has settled into a cozy groove without departing from the bluegrass tradition, often referred to as “newgrass.”

Stickley’s Martin produces a mixture of bluegrass, Chuck Berry, metal, prog, grunge, and numerous other genres—all properly interwoven into a personal sound, according to Guitar Player Magazine. This is not your father’s acoustic-guitar music.

The Trio has published numerous albums on the Organic Label and is now on a nationwide tour. They draw inspiration from artists such as Green Day, Duran Duran, Nirvana, and the Grateful Dead.

Hunter Deacon plays the drums, Lyndsay Pruett the violin, and Jon Stickley the flat-pick guitar. In Asheville, North Carolina, the trio first met as a group of friends.

Stickley is renowned for his lightning-quick flatpicking and his capacity to meld several musical styles to produce a sound that is uniquely his own. The native of Durham has played in numerous bands throughout the years, including Colorado’s renowned Broke Mountain.

Pruett is a very varied fiddler who draws inspiration from a variety of genres, including bluegrass, swing, classical, Latin, country, and hip-hop. Lyndsay graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a BM in Commercial Violin Performance.

Deacon, who has a background in classical music and draws heavily from jazz, joined the group in 2018. Hunter, a Knoxville native, earned a BM in Studio Music and Jazz from the University of Tennessee and trained under drummer Keith Brown.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. The concert lasts about two hours, including a 15-minute intermission. Masks are now optional for audience members at Hendersonville Theatre, and no proof of immunization is necessary to see a show.

Since 1966, Hendersonville Theatre has offered the people of Hendersonville and the surrounding areas high-quality, reasonably priced entertainment in a welcoming and nurturing setting for live theater. The wheelchair-accessible Hendersonville Theatre has free parking in front of and behind the building. Cash and credit cards are accepted at the theater’s cash bar and concession stand.

The address of the Hendersonville Theatre is 229 South Washington Street. Contact us at 828-692-1082 or online at for tickets or more details.