Justin Trawick and The Common Good w/ The Judy Chops
The Judy Chops
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Justin Trawick and The Common Good’s debut record, “The Riverwash EP”, exemplifies the raw emotional live sound Trawick and the band have cultivated over the years playing in clubs and festivals up and down the East Coast. With instrumentation consisting of acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, mandolin, and pedal steel, the band’s live performance plays fast and loose with the “Americana” genre, performing heartfelt ballads followed by raucous bluegrass melodies and even moments of hip hop verses. Written by DC based songwriter Justin Trawick, “The Riverwash EP” introduces the listener to Trawick’s unique brand storytelling with five original songs about love, loss, longing, resilience, and time pulling heartstrings of listeners young and old. Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman) guest performs on guitar during “All the Places That I’ve Been”, a song inspired by Trawick’s ninety-seven year old grandmother and her stories of the World War II generation. Finally, the album closes with the band’s unique take on “Wonderwall” by Oasis, a track sure to trick the audience into thinking they’re listening to another Trawick original.
Justin Trawick has been performing in the Washington DC area and along the East Coast since 2006, citing musical influences like Bob Schneider, Greensky Bluegrass, The Tallest Man on Earth, G. Love, Old Crow Medicine Show, and David Gray. In February of 2014, Trawick won “Song of the Year” at the Washington Area Music Awards for his solo recording of “All the Places That I’ve Been," which can be downloaded on iTunes as a single along with his five other solo records and EPs. In June of 2015, Trawick released his first single, “Goodbye”, under the band name "Justin Trawick and the Common Good”; written about the search for direction and belonging in a world that constantly feels one step ahead of you. Trawick and the band have performed for the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival, Appaloosa Roots Music Festival, Floyd Yoga Jam, TedxEast in NYC at the City Winery, TedxPennsylvaniaAvenue in DC at the Newseum, and has opened for over 30 national acts including Suzanne Vega, Wyclef Jean, Brett Dennen, Blues Traveler, Enter The Haggis, Bob Schneider, and Edwin McCain, and shared bills with Dr. Dogg and The Avett Brothers. Founder of the nationally touring show “The 9 Songwriter Series” and co-founder of “The Circus Life Podcast" with guests such as Kevin Eubanks, Chris Thomas King, Ernie Halter, Yarn, and Snuffy Walden, Trawick has built a brand that extends far beyond his home base in DC.
For the past decade, The Judy Chops have been carving out their niche in the Virginia music scene by delivering heartfelt, passionate live shows with charm and grace. This musical family has grown from a 4 piece roots music act, to a 7 piece 'Americana Brassband' that Huffington post has lauded as 'genre-defying!'
Combining elements of blues, rock, swing, soul, and classic country, this group of musical chameleons appeal to audiences young and old with their modern take on vintage sounds! Amazing vocals, lush arrangements, and sonic bravado have gained the band legions of fans throughout the mid-Atlantic and beyond!
The Judy Chops were named 'Best Local Roots Band' at the first Red Wing Roots Music Festival back in 2012. 2018 saw the band release their latest album, 'Love is the Answer' to critical acclaim, and they would go on to win the Rockn' to Lockn' VA Band Contest, which resulted in a main stage appearance at Lockn' Music Festival. 2019 saw the band writing new music, and touring in new markets, including NYC, plus they were nominated for 'Best Band' in the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine's '2020 Best of the Blue Ridge' readers poll! The group is working on tunes for an upcoming album, and will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of their debut album, 'give her the gun.'
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