Meadow Mountain With River Bones Band
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When the five members of Meadow Mountain walk on stage, the first thing new fans notice is that the band dresses up to play Bluegrass. The musicians in this band are young, but they walk on stage with the confidence of a well seasoned Bluegrass band - and indeed, they are. These five close friends have logged thousands of hours playing together. They have given a TED talk on the history of Bluegrass, they have opened for Del McCoury and Sam Bush, and they have even worked as the house band on a cruise ship. In 2017, they won the prestigious Rockygrass band contest, and this year they opened the 2018 Rockygrass festival to hundreds of cheering fans.
At downbeat, it becomes clear that Meadow Mountain isn’t just a group of talented musicians getting together for a gig. They are a band in the true sense of the word - a whole larger than the sum of its parts. Their music plays to each members’ individual strengths, and the finished product is a style of Bluegrass that Colorado has not played host to until now.
It is no stretch to say that this band, while rooted deeply in Colorado soil, devours every tradition of music they can get their hands on, and it all ends up on stage with them in the form of high-energy, driving stringband music.
In late 2017, they caught the ears of Infamous Stringduster, Chris Pandolfi, who produced their debut album, recorded at Mighty Fine Productions. They are releasing their record this year on TapeTime Record Label.
Meadow Mountain started as a group of friends busking on the corner of the Vail farmers market, and it wasn’t long before they were playing gigs around Vail and Summit counties. They formed initially over a love of traditional and progressive bluegrass music. For the first summer of the band’s tenure, they learned as much bluegrass music as they could, digging into bands like The Punch Brothers, Bluegrass Album Band, and Bela Fleck’s Drive band.
It was only a year after the band formed that they were hired to be the house band aboard the cruise ship, "The Norwegian Dawn". There, the band spent a month tightening up their sound and exploring the eastern coast of Canada. Since their return, they have become one of the premier voices in Colorado Bluegrass music. Meadow Mountain has given a TED talk, hosted Denver's only performance-oriented bluegrass jam, and won 1st place at the prestigious Rockygrass band competition. They have opened for Sam Bush, Del McCoury, and other titans of the genre, and they are looking at a very exciting 2019. This year, they signed a record deal with Tapetime records, and they will be releasing their debut record on Nov 3 in Denver at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s RIVER BONES BAND is known for its high energy, frenetic sets, tight and compelling vocal harmonies, inspired songwriting, and their ability to turn any room into a dance hall. Drawing influence from bluegrass, rock and roll, and gypsy jazz alike, their sound is hard to put your finger on but undeniably infectious.
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