Trevor Crist, Guitar, Piano, Organ & Vocals
Nicole Valcour, Drums & Vocals
John "Spence" Spencer, Bass
Bill Mullins, Lead Guitar
thetelegram.com March 9,2020
"The sound here is pure Americana, ranging from up-tempo honky-tonk stomp to gloriously sparse ballads." - Seven Days
"Maple Run Band’s new self-titled album is a fun eclectic ride through waltz, bluegrass and rock. Their unique braided harmonies are the 5th band member and are truly special." - RadioFreeTexas.com
Maple Run Band released their debut, self-titled album in August, 2020 to critical acclaim. Several songs landed on playlists for both terrestrial and online radio stations worldwide, landing the band a spot on the Alt.Country charts soon after release . Seven Days called the album a "seriously impressive debut", and wrote "Maple Run's self-titled debut is a triumph" TimesArgus.com called it an"intelligently written, authentic sounding country/country-folk album", and awarded the album their Tammie award for the best debut album of 2020. RockingMagpie.com (UK) says the band's music is "destined for the Ryman Theatre."
The band's repertoire of original Americana music is driven by the vocal harmonies of multi-instrumentalist Trevor Crist and drummer Nicole Valcour. Vermont guitar legend Bill Mullins (Barbacoa) contributes inventive and melodic leads, and John Spencer holds down the bass lines. Seven Days sums up the band's signature sound as "honest songwriting, tight arrangements and outstanding musicianship."
Multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. Trevor grew up on a farm on the High Plains of Western Kansas, and that upbringing on the dusty prairie listening to country music on AM radio comes through in his songwriting. Since moving to Vermont 20+ years ago he's played in a number groups, most notably Construction Joe, the popular alt.country act active on the Vermont music scene in the 90s.
Drummer, singer, sometimes bass player. And not too bad on the accordion either. Nicole and Trevor first played together in Construction Joe, where their years holding down the rhythm section together locked them permanently into synch musically. They are back together in Maple Run Band, where they sing harmonies and compare notes on their poultry flocks.
Bill is a versatile and prolific guitarist, playing with multiple bands across a range of genres over the years, as well as performing regular studio session work. He always brings a unique sound to any project, and seems to do it without effort. When not laying down hot country licks with Maple Run Band, he can be found fronting his legendary surf-rock band, Barbacoa.
John gave up music when he got drafted by the Red Sox. But the minor leagues can chew you up and spit you out, and fortunately they spat up him up in Vermont, where he holds down the bass lines for the band.
File Under: Americana, Roots Rock, Folk Rock, Alt-Country, Cosmic Country, Country Rock, Outlaw Country, Ameripolitan, Insurgent Country