Frontier Ruckus is a roots-based band from East Lansing, MI that incorporates elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, country, blues, and jazz into their lyric-driven songs. The band was formed by singer/songwriter Matthew Milia and banjo player David Winston Jones while in high school, and became a three-piece with Eli Eisman on bass. Milia then went to Michigan State University and Jones went to the University of Michigan, but instead of disbanding Frontier Ruckus, they expanded the band, adding Ryan “Smalls” Etzcorn on drums, Anna Burch on harmony vocals, and multi-dimensional musician Zachary Nichols on horns, singing saw, and melodica. All three additions were recruited by Milia in East Lansing.
Frontier Ruckus became a four-member band in 2010 — as they prepared for the release of their second full-length album, Deadmalls & Nightfalls — when Burch left. She was replaced on bass by Brian Barnes for touring purposes, but the band has yet to officially add a new bassist. (Allmusic)