"Monster double bassist Craig Butterfield has teamed up with the Boomtown Waifs to form the Boomtown Trio. The band, with Kelley McLachlan on guitar and Kristen Harris on violin, are an incredible match.
“Darkness Prowling” hearkens back to old fiddle tunes with blazing unison lines by Harris and Butterfield. Once again, the bassist plays with amazing facility that seems impossible on the bass."
-Kevin Johnson for No Treble January 29, 2019
Because they can all flat-out play, the band is able to use their virtuosity to execute folk music in a new, exciting way. Their songs combine elements of American folk with Celtic vocal melodies, with well-constructed string parts. Throughout, there’s tight ensemble playing, reminiscent more of a chamber orchestra than a pub-session group.
-J.J. Thayer for Divide and Conquer July 2, 2020
Instrumental virtuosity isn’t a prerequisite for great roots music, but sometimes combining masterful playing with deeply traditional styles sounds like this. Bassist Craig Butterfield has classical and jazz bona fides, while Kristen Harris is a championship fiddler and a classically trained violinist. Kelley McLachlan’s ancient-sounding warble takes center stage, but it’s Harris and Butterfield’s chemistry that makes the Columbia group special.
-Kevin Oliver for Post & Courier "Best of South Carolina Music 2020"
"The music that guitarist/songwriter Kelley McLachlan, violinist Kristen Harris, and bassist Craig Butterfield have been making as the Boomtown Trio is, quite simply, breathtaking. Traces of the emotionally charged pan-Americana roots of McLachlan and Harris's work in the Prairie Willows and the Boomtown Waifs remain, but it's transmogrified by the stunning chamber music possibilities that come from stripping away the jocular rhythms and replacing them with the highest level of musicianship and a graceful sense of possibility that the three seem to embody when playing together."
- Kyle Petersen for Free Times October 23, 2019
"Butterfield brings chamber music beauty and an invigorating sense of adventure to the already great vocal rapport of Harris and MacLachlan. And if the new tunes the trio are posting to social media are any indication, the group has the kind of buzzing chemistry that could beckon bigger things to come."
- Kyle Petersen for Free Times February 20, 2019
Boomtown Trio has a big sound fueled by bigger energy. Combining the talents of renowned upright bass player Craig Butterfield, champion fiddler Kristen Harris, and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Cat Galan, Boomtown Trio create a rare and wonderful combination of chamber music, folk, and Americana. Individually, these 3 musicians draw from diverse influences, and unite with compositions that showcase virtuosic instrumental performances, unique and ethereal string textures, and powerful songwriting.
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