A tasty mix of acoustic Americana Roots, traditional Appalachian in a not-so-traditional style, ‘new-grass’ flavors & original tunes with honest down-to-earth lyrics. Audiences find their music literate, subtly nuanced & inventive while retaining a traditionalist’s love for classic folk & bluegrass
From the Allegheny ridges in the northern mountains of West Virginia, String Fever performs a tasty mix of acoustic Americana Roots, traditional Appalachian folk in a not-so-traditional style, ‘new-grass’ flavors and original tunes where the old and new come together with honest down-to-earth lyrics. This family trio combines Keith Pitzer’s unique style of flat-picking guitar, Joan’s solid rhythmic bass or penny whistle, and Jake’s hot mandolin licks with strong vocal harmonies and insightful and poetic songwriting to give their audiences an evening of musical magic.
For over thirty years Keith and Joan performed as a duo their folk-oriented roots reminding one of some of the great folksingers of our times with musical influences ranging from the early songs of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, to folk singers of the 60s & 70s like Ian & Sylvia Tyson, Gordon Lightfoot, the late Stan Rogers, Kate Wolfe, or Darrell Scott to mention a few. The two performed for the Hampshire County Arts Council previously with Wolf Creek Session.
With the addition of their son Jake on mandolin, guitar and vocals and his own style of songwriting, their music expands into the bluegrass/newgrass influences of Sam Bush or David Grisman while retaining a traditionalist’s love for classic folk and bluegrass. Audiences may quickly note the “like-father-like-son” cliché as father and son switch off hot licks with the interplay of guitar and mandolin.
Their move from Ohio to the mountains of Appalachia and their life experiences as farmers, teachers, environmentalists and lovers of the natural world are all reflected in their own songwriting. Their music ranges from songs about personal challenges in love and life, socio-political concerns and our environment to melodic instrumentals to hot licks and flashy picking. Audiences find their music to be literate, subtly nuanced and uniquely inventive. When time allows they like to travel the highways and byways of rural America, searching the dark corners of the beaten path to find the hidden beauty and purity.
They have three recordings on the Falling Mountain label which have been aired on folk programming radio throughout the U.S. and parts of Europe.