“From the first note of Dave Brubeck’s Blue Rondo A La Turk, to the final chord of Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Sons Of Pitches deliver an album which makes each and every track their “pitch” (or something which rhymes with that!). For these purveyors of “cowboy jazz”, let’s hope Sons Of Pitches will keep exploring the wild prairie for a long time to come...”
— Peter Jones - WTJU Folk Director
Always challenging their collective internal status quo with fresh ideas and new perspectives, Sons of Pitches bring their own brand of improvisation to the stage for a thrilling live event. Their instrumental country jazz originals, and unique arrangements of standards affectionately called “Cowboy Jazz,” provide a musical landscape for staking their claim and pushing on to new frontiers. They swing, they rip, they dip, they dive, they fly…they melt hearts & faces.
It was backstage after New Year’s Eve 2015 performances at the legendary Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, VA when (The Hello Strangers) band-mates, guitarist/songwriter Spencer Pheil and bassist Tommy Hoy, met Dave Hadley, pedal steel extraordinaire. That night, with a mutual yearning for a musical milieu where the sky was the limit and the emphasis was improvisation, the idea took shape to make a bold statement musically. Drummer Jim Aguzzi, who had performed in many ensembles with Pheil & Hoy, was the last piece of the puzzle, bringing a wealth of musical taste, chops, and clever puns.
Sons of Pitches hail from the Mason Dixon line on the Pennsylvania/Maryland border where Pheil owns a recording studio. The band is slated to release its first self-titled album in November 2016. Collectively, Sons of Pitches has thousands of shows under its belt. Although still in its nascent stages, the band has already received high praise for its live shows, varied set lists, and inspiring musicianship. Their goal is to create music for ordinary folks. Their brand of improvisation is meant to be viscera