SSQ plays a unique blend of progressive string music using traditional bluegrass instruments. Two years after the release of their debut album (Knock Yourself Out'), SSQ has released their second full-length studio album, Lemming. The new album continues to push the traditional music envelope while combining a blend of American roots and modern string band music. SSQ has played festivals including 10k Lakes Fest, Harvest Fest, Bella Festival, Boats & Bluegrass, Log Jam, and Prairie Grass. The band has shared the stage with the likes of Hot Buttered Rum, Pert Near Sandstone, Charlie Parr, Wookiefoot, Cornmeal, Head for the Hills, Oakhurst, Packway Handle Bad, and more.
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Each member brings his own musical influences to the quartet: Eric Larson, the frontman on mandolin, has over 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.