Head For The Hills

Modern Acoustic/Newgrass

Head For The Hills

Meadow Mountain

Fri, October 20, 2017

9:00 pm

$20.00

This event is 21 and over

Head For The Hills
Head For The Hills
Potions and Poisons is the fourth album of original music from Head for the Hills, the Colorado based post-modern bluegrass outfit of Adam Kinghorn, Joe Lessard, Matt Loewen and Sam Parks. There’s no reinvention of the wheel here--no computer programmed banjo rolls or digitally arpeggiated fiddle lines. Instead we find Head for the Hills at the peak of their powers of musical alchemy, building little worlds of sound from the detritus of bluegrass, jazz, hip hop, folk and soul. Potions and Poisons is a look at the darker side of love, lust, and life; an examination of our affinity for and aversion to the things that make us fragile but human. Recorded at home in Colorado with the band’s go-to engineer, Aaron Youngberg (Cahalen and Eli, Martha Scanlan, Grant Gordy and Ross Martin), the record features appearances from Bonnie Paine (Elephant Revival) on vocals and washboard, Erin Youngberg (Uncle Earl, FY5) on vocals, and a lush string section. Potions and Poisons is the most Head for the Hills record yet, and in the great tradition of bluegrass (and soul and folk and old time music), it delivers some bitter pills, but the ten new original songs are more than a survey of the human condition. This is reflective but buoyant music, restorative and full of vibrancy.

Head for the Hills prides itself on defying expectation, turning neophytes into converts and genre purists exploratory listeners. Remaining true to the roots of bluegrass while simultaneously looking to it’s future prospects, the band makes music that reaches into jazz, indie rock, hip hop, soul, world and folk to stitch together cutting edge songs that bridge the divide between past and future acoustic music. More than a decade in and after thousands of miles, hundreds of performances, a handful of independently released records, 4 times awarded Best Bluegrass in Colorado, and one new mandolin player--Head for the Hills is at their absolute peak, firing on all cylinders and winning the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere they go.

Head for the Hills have been bringing their music to audiences from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival to South by Southwest and a multitude of stages in between--including Summer Camp Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, RockyGrass, DelFest, Northwest String Summit, Blue Ox Music Festival FloydFest, Strawberry Music Festival and many more. The band has been featured on NPR Ideastream and eTown, co-released beers with Odell Brewing Company and Sanitas Brewing, charted on the CMJ Top 200 (Blue Ruin, 2013 and Head for the Hills, 2010), and was featured by CMT – Edge, who said; “Head for the Hills’ Blue Ruin effortlessly matches integrity against innovation.”

“On top of modern string music” (Bluegrass Today)
“Cutting edge” (Drew Emmitt - Leftover Salmon)

































(I think we maybe omit this part: In 2015, founding member and lifetime friend Mike Chappell left to pursue family and a burgeoning business; the group was lucky to find Sam Parks via mutual friends, living just down the street from Joe. Fast forward to 2017 and Head for the Hills 2.0 is a well oiled machine, taking on bigger musical challenges than ever before and firing on all cylinders. The band has independently issued four studio records and one live record, been featured on NPR Ideastream and eTown, co-released beers with Odell Brewing Company and Sanitas Brewing and charted on the CMJ Top 200 (Blue Ruin, 2013 and Head for the Hills, 2010).

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Maybe add more of this and the festival listing as well?

The quartet recently released their third studio album, ‘Blue Ruin’, which has received positive praise. The album has charted in the CMJ Top 200 and the band was featured by CMT – Edge mentioning – ‘Head for the Hills’ Blue Ruin effortlessly matches integrity against innovation’. Renowned artist Timothy Doyle (Muse, The Black Keys, Lucas Films, NASA) created the stunning cover art for ‘Blue Ruin.’

Head for the Hills has performed and appeared at many premier festivals and radio programs: Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Wakarusa Music Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, SxSW, NPR-Ideastream, eTown, High Sierra Music Festival, RockyGrass, DelFest, FloydFest and several more.
Meadow Mountain
Meadow Mountain
Denver Bluegrass and New Acoustic. Winners of the 2017 Rockygrass band competition. Winners of the 2017 UllrGrass band competition. 3rd Place finalists of the 2017 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition.
Venue Information:
Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
1215 20th Street
Denver, CO, 80202
http://www.opheliasdenver.com/