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At first, it’s easy to mistake Handful of Luvin’ for just another set of passé ex-college jam band rockers in the Dave Matthews Band tradition, but a second look reveals a quirkier and more rewarding aesthetic. A rock quartet featuring a rocking classically trained violinist, Handful refers to their music as “fiddle-driven roots rock.” The band’s cheerful blend of folk-rock, reggae and world rhythms, plus secondhand baroque, Celtic influences, and catchy pop hooks strongly recalls the vintage sound of Actual Tigers, the madness of Flogging Molly, and the moodier, more experimental side of Wilco.

Handful of Luvin’ originally began in the spring of 2002 when frontman David John, and fiddle player, Andrew Joslyn, met at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. At the time David John was promoting his own second self-produced solo album Blue Room, and had a considerable fan following in Seattle and Bellingham. Andrew on the other hand was a classically trained musician who had decided to pursue freer styles of fiddle playing such as Scots Irish, Blues, Gypsy, and also rock fiddle. When the two met and began playing together, it quickly became apparent that Joslyn’s fiddle perfectly complimented John’s unique guitar work and soulful vocals. In the fall of 2003, the duo began performing to local audiences and immediately realized the potential of their sound, and quickly set about forming a band.

Moving to Seattle in 2005, David John and Joslyn fleshed out Handful with bass guitarist Patrick Files, and drummer Michael Knight.

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  • sunigrll

    Thrilled to see my favorite band on lastfm! Seen these guys MANY times live and I just can't get enough!

    1 Jun 2010 Reply
  • AsherSunn

    Oh, man, I'm so excited I can finally see these guys live. They usually only play 21+ shows, so I'm so excited for Folklife.

    24 May 2010 Reply
  • justplainzach

    I like how the Blue Scholars are listed as the most similar artist.

    7 May 2007 Reply
  • mattchew900

    I saw these guys twice, the first time was defiantly the best, at El Corazon, absolutely rocked the place. Second time at the Showbox which was also good but I liked the first show because it was a smaller venue, and the people there were not mostly drunken idiots haha.

    20 Apr 2007 Reply
  • justplainzach

    Join the new Handful of Luvin' group!

    14 Apr 2006 Reply