The Wicked Pickers

The Wicked Pickers

BandCountryBluegrass

The Wicked Pickers is a wicked-good, Boston-based band
crafting a hot acoustic mosaic of bluegrass/Americana, jazz
instrumentals, foot-stomping fiddle jigs, and harmony vocal numbers
from folk to soul.

Biography

Sarah Friedman - Lead Vocal

Sarah has fronted bands in the Boston area since she moved here from New York. She brings a background of R&B and Blue Eyed Soul to the Pickers fusion style. She has performed with a variety of groups including Family Soul, Taylor Made, Celebration, Center Stage and The Vin LaFleur Band. Sarah has recently performed at the Kennedy Library and Top of the Hub as well as Back Room at the Burren.

Bill Morris – Guitar
Bill's playing has covered a gamut of styles over the years - from rock in the early days to jazz, fusion, folk and even a little classical in formats from solo to big band. He has led or been a sideman with a number of bands since attending Berklee College in the late 1970's. Turning Point was an original jazz-rock fusion project he led in the 1990's. Other groups included The Barry Sahagian Group, The Sonny Watson Quartet, The Dave Rasmussen Big Band and The Frank Cagliuso Quartet. He has studied privately with Charlie Banacos and Bruce Bartlett. Bill has developed a fluid, melodic playing style that crosses many styles.

Paul Green – Fretless Electric Bass
Paul took up the bass in high school out of necessity (one neighbor played guitar and another drums). He studied upright bass with Marshall Hawkins, Larry Angell, and Mark Bernat, and played in numerous rock and jazz ensembles at Oberlin College. A stint in the Peace Corps led to an interest in AfroPop and Latin grooves. Since moving to Boston area, Paul has played fretless electric bass in the mini-Big Band "Feed the Meter", and salsa with JP Tropicale, before finding a happy musical home with the Wicked Pickers.

Gordon Hill – Electric Violin
Gordon has played and recorded with a variety of Boston area folk, rock, and jazz bands including The Gulf and Peter O’Dea. Gordon is also a member of the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra. He studied classical viola as a youngster, and later improvisational playing with Matt Glaser. He has a strong interest in music that blends a variety of styles and influences.

George O’Connor - Mandolin
George is the most recent addition to the quartet. Before joining the Wicked Pickers, he played with the Boston-area bluegrass band Jumpin' Willie. His musical influences include Django Reinhardt, David Grisman, Norman Blake, and Orrin Starr, with whom he studied guitar before turning his attention to the mandolin. George was a finalist in the 2007 Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest.


Discography

The Wicked Pickers released their first CD, "Irises," in February 2008.

Set List

The Wicked Pickers play mostly original compositions by our guitarist Bill Morris, along with some original songs by other band members. We mix up the originals with some swing, jazz, and bluegrass standards.