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Fruition, With Their Concerts Sidelined, Turn To Streaming Live Songs

Merriam Webster's defines the noun “fruition” as “pleasurable use or possession: enjoyment.” With the cancellation of the band's 2020's live stage concerts, how does Fruition member Jay Cobb Anderson define it? The same as always: creating songs that sing for themselves. "We are pretty adamant and a bit obssessed about making the song shine in its own way, realizing the song, taking out our egos or expectations of what the song is and letting it be itself."      

Deeply catchy songwriting and harmony singing are the Portland, OR band's hallmarks, including on their latest release, Broken at the Break of Day. Anderson says: "The singing is the thing that’s always drawn it together in my mind. In the genre question, when we used to get asked that all the time, we would just say that we’re a “song band.” We don’t care if it’s a country song or a rock and roll song or an r & b song, or what kind of vibe it is. If we all dig the song and we want to do it, we'll just do whatever we think the song needs."

Given the cancellation of their live concerts - including April 2020 shows in Montana - the band has been streaming an hour-long live concert + geeky music-recording discussion from their respective homes, calling it "The Thursday Thing," one of which featured an impromptu harmonica duet with Miles, Jay's Karelian bear dog.

(Broadcast: Musician's Spotlight,  5/19/20 and 8/25/20. Listen on the radio Tuesdays, 7 p.m., or via podcast.)

John Floridis, the host and producer of Musician's Spotlight, has been with Montana Public Radio since 1997. He has interviewed over 200 musicians during that time. He is also an independent recording and performing artist in his own right and a former registered music therapist.
Beth Anne Austein has been spinning tunes on the air (The Folk Show, Dancing With Tradition, Freeforms), as well as recording, editing and mixing audio for Montana Public Radio and Montana PBS, since the Clinton Administration. She’s jockeyed faders or "fixed it in post” for The Plant Detective; Listeners Bookstall; Fieldnotes; Musicians Spotlight; The Write Question; Storycorps; Selected Shorts; Bill Raoul’s music series; orchestral and chamber concerts; lecture series; news interviews; and outside producers’ programs about topics ranging from philosophy to ticks.
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