“I have always loved music,” says Rutherford County native Todd Frashier. “However, I particularly enjoy bluegrass music and the original old-time country music.” Raised in a musical community, Todd plays mandolin and has gained a reputation as one of the best musicians in Rutherford County. He performs, records, and writes with the bluegrass group Harris Station, and he is available for some lessons depending on his performing schedule and career in the civil engineering business.
Todd was surrounded by music growing up in Rutherford County. “Whether it was at home, church, or at the renowned Snuffy Jenkins Bluegrass Festival that was located about two miles south of where I lived, there has always been music,” he says. Todd eventually became interested in playing and gravitated to the mandolin. He bought his first mandolin when he was 25 years old. “The first instrument I purchased was a fifty-dollar mandolin,” he says. “As hard as it was, I found my way around the bent neck and cracked fingerboard to learn a few chords.” Todd continued to practice regularly, took a few lessons from local musician Casey McIntire, and attended the local jam sessions.
For the past several years, Todd has played with the band Harris Station. The group started by playing music for their local church, and soon they were performing at other events around the area. Harris Station made their first recording, self-titled, in 2005, which featured two songs Todd wrote, “Trusting in Him,” and “Behold the Lamb.” The band has played festivals, concerts, and other events around Rutherford County and the surrounding region. They have shared stages with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Jesse McReynolds, the Bryan Sutton Band, and the Larry Stephenson Band. Harris Station also performed in Nashville, Tennessee, at an International Bluegrass Music Awards showcase.
Todd is available for performances with Harris Station. He also is available for lessons on a limited basis.