Infectious bluegrass for the 21st century. Great, old songs are taking on a new life with The Splinters, featuring vocal harmonies and blazing instrumentals. Inspired by modern influences and the roots of traditional bluegrass, The Splinters produce a unique interpretation of this timeless material. The Metro called their sound “bluegrass mayhem” and NBC Boston tagged them as a “band to watch” during the 2018 Somerville Porchfest. Their repertoire spans haunting renditions of old songs to raucous bluegrass and fiddle tunes to more modern classics from some of the best songwriters out there.
The Splinters were formed by Berklee roommates Chris Reckling (guitar, vocals) and J Johnson (mandolin, vocals) in 2010, after spending many years playing rock, jazz, and folk music around town. They added Garrett Wallace (bass, vocals) in 2016 to keep the groove going and add a third harmony part. 2019 brought fiddler Anne Rouillard to the mix.
The Splinters released their first album in November 2016 as a duo, “Old Songs”, which tells you where they are coming from – mining tradition for new meaning, all while tapping your feet and having a good time!