Sans Souci Quartet has jumped into the Twin Cities music
scene with a unique blend of bluegrass, folk, rock, and innovation. The
instruments are traditional, the voices authentic, the words sometimes
plaintive, but the arrangements are unique and refreshing.
Sans Souci Quartet has had success playing numerous
festivals including Harvest Fest, 10,000 Lakes Festival, Bella Family Music
Festivals, Log Jam, and Boats & Bluegrass. The band has shared the stage
with many bands including Hot Buttered Rum, Charlie Parr, Cornmeal, Oakhurst,
Packway Handle Bad, Head for the Hills, Pert Near Sandstone, and Wookiefoot.
Each member brings his own musical influences to the
quartet. Eric Larson, the frontman on mandolin has a decade of stage performance
experience and a background that spans folk revival to modern pop. Zach Gusa,
initially a guitar and harmonica troubador, now also channels the phrasings of
Doc Watson and Tony Rice as the vocal harmonist of the group. Eric Roberts,
inspired by the energy of the local folk music scene, has a banjo picking style
all his own. Adam Lutz, in the back with the bass, has the most diverse
background of the group, recently transitioning without compromise from
electronic funk to acoustic folk. Coming together, these boys have found common
inspiration from late 70's bluegrass bands such as Old and in the Way, and
current bands like the Old Crow Medicine Show.
In 2009, they released their first full-length album, Knock Yourself Out, with nine original tunes. Though their name is
playful, it's clear these boys care a great deal about their craft, and we look
forward to more to come!