Jonas Friddle and The Majority

Air Date: 03-16-16

Chicago-based band Jonas Friddle & The Majority, who met one another through Windy City institution The Old Town School of Folk Music, take full advantage of their city’s rich and diverse musical scene on their third album, Use Your Voice. The seven-member group plays what they’ve come to describe as “orchestral folk,” along the lines of Joy Kills Sorrow or Lake Street Dive, incorporating trumpet, trombone, drums, and keyboard alongside traditional acoustic instruments. The result is an irresistible, “Uncle Dave Macon meets Duke Ellington” sound on songs like “Old Mother Logo,” on which Friddle’s clawhammer banjo weaves through jaunty horns, and “Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy,” where Bailey Doyle, the group’s cello player, delivers a brassy, bluesy vocal turn.