Garrett Harris 1:32 p.m., March 19
Sound description: Irish-American fiddle folk punk that's like Foo Fighters meets Flogging Molly, with a dash of Frank Turner and NOFX.
RIYL: Flogging Molly, Great Big Sea, The Tossers, Dropkick Murphys, Johnny Cash, Young Dubliners, the Fooks
- "Record Release Roundup" · April 25, 2013
- As I Hear It · Oct. 15, 2008
Inception: San Diego, 2007
Ex-Band Members: Odell Hobson, Percussion, Viola, Vocals Kimberly Gray, Vocals Tony Keil, Bass guitar Brinton Ward, Drums Jon Ford, Banjo, Harmonica, Mandolin Brendan Malone, Bass guitar Casey Jones, Bass guitar Vincent West, Drums, Vocals AJ Belluto, Banjo, Guitar (electric) Olivia Buscemi, Violin Tom Henry, Bass guitar
Influences: Flogging Molly, Great Big Sea, the Tossers, Dropkick Murphys, Johnny Cash, Young Dubliners
The first full-length from Americana fiddle rockers Lexington Field Lost At Sea (2007 Glorified Records) features their take on classic traditional tunes like "The Wild Rover" and "Molly Malone," as well as original songs such as "My Dream" and "City That We Love."
Their second album, The Lighthouse (2009 Glorified Records) features a continuation of their modern and edgy interpretations of old Irish tunes such as “The Old Black Rum” and “Pretty Irish Girl.” The Lighthouse was a transition to their style of Irish folk-punk that the band was gravitating toward.
The original roster comprised seven members: Beau Gray (rhythm guitar and lead vocals), Bryan Hane (lead guitar), Jon Ford (banjo and mandolin), Brendan Malone (bass), Brinton Ward (drums), and O’Dell Hobson and Cami Smith on dueling fiddles.
Major influences come from bands like Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Great Big Sea, Young Dubliners, and the Pogues, but the band pulls from all elements (punk, pop, hip-hop, rock, blues) with enthusiasm.
The group released a new 12-song, all-original, full-length record Old Dirt Road in May 2011. The lineup for the album includes Beau Gray, Bryan Hane, and Cami Smith, now accompanied by drummer Vincent West (Just Like Jenna) and bassist Casey Jones.
In summer 2011, the band signed a distribution deal with Japanese label Uncleowen Records, which specializes in Celtic punk bands like Fiddler’s Green (Germany), Greenland Whalefishers (Norway), the Mighty Regis (Los Angeles), Modern B Beard (Japan), the Ramshackle Army (Australia), the Rumjacks (Australia), and Sir Reg (Sweden). Uncleowen agreed to handle Asian distribution of Old Dirt Road.
The fiddle rockers signed with Minnesota-based New Folk Records (Paddy O'Brien, Dáithí Sproule, Hounds of Finn), to record a six-song EP set for an early 2012 release. The label also a national re-release of their full-length Old Dirt Road.
A new CD, Poor Troubled Life, was released in 2012, followed by their Midwest Missile Tour, which ran through August 25, taking them through 22 shows, across 20 American cities, including their debut stops in Chicago, Denver, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Seattle, and San Francisco.
A followup, No Man’s War, dropped May 26 at the Belly Up. Produced by Jeff Berkley, the full-length features guest turns from Steve Poltz, Veronica May, and banjo-picker Dennis Caplinger.
A video for “Dear Old Friend,” from their new full-length No Man’s War, features guest star Steve Poltz (Rugburns, etc.), who's also heard on the album (along with Loverbirds crooner Veronica May and banjo-picker Dennis Caplinger).
In late 2013, the fiddle rockers signed with Swedish label HepTown Records (home of Celtic punk band Sir Reg, etc.), who distributed No Man’s War throughout Europe, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. HepTown is also home to Celtic punk heavyweights Sir Reg, out of Sweden.
Their next release Greenwood was issued in summer 2015 on the East Grand Records label. "We named the album after the street where we wrote, arranged, practiced and ultimately created this new full length record," says Gray. "We wanted to be simplistic with the album cover, which is a picture of our rehearsal space from the outside, but use color to bring you in." With the departure of violinist Cami Smith, the album features the recording debut of new band contributors Olivia Buscemi (fiddle), Tom Lazet (bass), and Anthony Belluto (guitar).
Their early 2016 Redwood EP was recorded at Weathertop Studio in Anza CA with Matt Maulding (former Brick Top Blaggers), featuring newly recorded versions of six songs from the band's first three albums. "We have always wanted to do an acoustic album and rethinking and recreating past Lexington Field fiddle rock songs was a challenge and breath of fresh air at the same time," said the band.
Violinist Cami Smith returned to the group in early 2018, after a three year hiatus. That year, the group released a ten-song pop full-length called Dreamers, and a faster-paced five-song pop-punk EP called Modern Times, both recorded at Weathertop Studio with Matt Maulding again.
Asked about the band's worst gig, Gray recalls the time they played a Firehouse Foundation Benefit Concert in 2010. "It was one of our first shows with Vince [drums] and Casey [bass] in the band, and our fiddle player Cami couldn't make the show. We put a sloppy mess of a set together and clumsily made it through an agonizing 30 minutes. Another musician from one of the other bands told us right after our performance Nice set,' where Casey immediately responded 'Want to get beat up?' It was so bad, but we did recover, and realized Cami wasn't allowed to miss any more shows!"