Interview: Sam Bush, Hops + Handrails headliner

Sam Bush joins Leftover Salmon at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park in March 2015. (C. Alan Crandall)

Sam Bush joins Leftover Salmon at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park in March 2015. (C. Alan Crandall)

By Quentin Young –
Previously published at the

Sam Bush is one of those rare artists who isn’t just great at his chosen medium but has changed the nature of the medium itself.

He often is called the “father of newgrass” in reference to his role as a member of New Grass Revival, a 1970s bluegrass band that, adding rock and jazz influences, helped revolutionize the genre such that it spawned a sub-genre named after the band.

Bush, who lives in Nashville, is a familiar face in Colorado, where he frequently shows up on festival lineups. Another of his appellations is “king of Telluride” — New Grass Revival played the second Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and Bush hasn’t missed the festival since. He’s on the 2016 lineups for Telluride and the Lyons-based RockyGrass bluegrass festival.  Read More…

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NedFest expects big turnout for Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hard Working Americans – Second Story Garage


Previously published By Quentin Young/Boulder Daily Camera

In 2011, a Friday night set during NedFest by jamband-scene noblemen Bill Kreutzmann, George Porter Jr., Steve Kimock and Kyle Hollingsworth came close to drawing a capacity crowd. The one other time NedFest neared capacity was when the Yonder Mountain String Band headlined more than a decade ago, according to Kris McFarland, who books the festival. But the festival has yet to sell out. A capacity crowd at NedFest, the annual music festival that takes place in …

Source: NedFest expects big turnout for Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hard Working Americans – Second Story Garage


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Arise Festival focuses on uplifting music, ideas – Second Story Garage

By Quentin Young

In the Yoga Zone section of the Arise Music Festival, visitors can try Neurosculpting Yoga, which, the festival says, “focuses on meditation ways to re-align the internal wiring of the right and left brain.” Elsewhere, in the festival’s workshop tent, a group will be led in “deep play,” which involves the rejection of old patterns of behavior in favor of freedom and the unknown. In an area called the Healer’s Village, festivalgoers can learn about such subjects …

Source: Arise Festival focuses on uplifting music, ideas – Second Story Garage

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Umphrey’s McGee, Papadosio and TAUK start the Red Rocks holiday weekend right. (Photos)

Umphreys_0002By Chris Kemp/CRK Media

They were all there. All of the things that make a show great. Not just the music but the people, the atmosphere, the place, the time. It’s a unique time to be taking part in Musical history. Electronic music rules the club, the theater, t.v and everywhere in between. The era of the D.J. I’ve heard it called. However there is another group of people. Not rebelling against culture, not fighting the times, simply being different for difference sake. This comes to mind with groups like TAUK, Papadosio and Umphrey’s McGee. No angst, no agenda except fun and meaningful music. We all came to Red Rocks to start the Fourth of July weekend off right, Friday, July 3rd.

TAUK started things off, immediately setting the pace for the rest of the night. Blending a TAUK_0094-2deep groove, with spacey melodies the first tune “Friction” hits that place in between heavy and jazzy that you can’t help but bob your head to. TAUK continued to push that high level of energy throughout their set. Concluding with a jammy, Dream Theater-Esque “Collateral” TAUK promised to return to Colorado in the fall.

Papadosio_0265-2The amphitheater filled in quickly for Papadosio. Changing vibes to a more relaxed feel “Direction Song” was filled with light and airy lyrics, vocals and improvs. It became clear that emotionality would be a theme and each member showed a clear commitment to the performance. “Snorkel” quickly elevated the music into the ethereal and entheogenic realm. With the bellies full of beer and minds full of music the sun set and the anticipation set in.

There’s a lot that can be said about Umphrey’s McGee and a lot that can’t. Self-described Umphreys-874as “Improg” or progressive improvisational music Umphrey’s bends the musical envelope. You can find elements of every kind of music in a single set. Rock, jazz, latin, metal, progressive, jam, are the usual suspects in an Umphrey’s set. These descriptors do not do justice. It’s like describing paintings to a blind person. Just as they must touch a painting, one must listen an Umphrey’s show to understand.

Umphreys_0761-2Setting an immediate tone of foreshadowing “In The Hall of The Mountain King” set the stage for an epic evening of face shredding rock. Launching into “Puppet String” was an instant crowd pleaser. Mysterious and filled with life observations that we all ponder. “It’s not like there’s a book for this” wails Bayliss. The first set was filled with lot’s of intense moments that can only be categorized by the “Improg” label. Umphreys jams can get insanely technical and we all love it.

Second set started on more of a soulful note with “Ringo>Cut The Cable>Shine On You Crazy Dimond>Ringo” with “Shine On You Crazy Dimond” being a true highlight as both band and crowd sung at the tops of our lungs.

One must also take note of the lighting production that goes into an Umphrey’s show. Both Umphreys-541form and texture of the music is infinitely enhanced with lighting that reflects it. Kudos to legendary lighting designer Jefferson Waful. We all envy his work.

What makes a good show? All of the above. When good people get together with good music something magical happens. We transcend the pettiness of daily life. We become whole people again and with luck we take that bit of grace and carry it with us wherever we go.      For more information visit, CRK Media.

Images by Chris Kemp:


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Breanna Rubio achieving great success

Denver resident Breanna Rubio has been achieving amazing success with her music! Hot off of her last project,

Breanna Rubio

Breanna Rubio

featuring Grammy Award Nominated Fat Joe, and climbing to number 22 on the Billboard Dance Charts, Rubio’s new single “More Than a Feeling”, is the #1 added song to big name Dj’s playlists across the country!

Rubio will be performing her new single this Friday, July 10th, at The Church in Denver.  She will be performing alongside of some big name Dj’s/remixers such as Dave Aude and Stonebridge who have done incredible remixes of her songs and are currently on tour!

If you go:

Remixed Tour

Remixed Tour

For more information visit

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JAMericana Summit on tap tonight at the Fox Theatre, Boulder

Grant Farm

Grant Farm

By Alan Crandall
Two homegrown Colorado bands are joining forces tonight to create a special evening of Americana music.  Great American Taxi will join Grant Farm for the JAMericana Summit,  at the Fox Theater, Boulder.

Founding Grant Farm member and National Flatpicking Guitar Champion Tyler Grant (Emmitt/Nershi Band).

Founding Grant Farm member and National Flatpicking Guitar Champion Tyler Grant (Emmitt/Nershi Band).

The Facebook event page explains that in addition to a full set from each band you can also look forward to a superjam:Going to be a big night at The Fox Theatre. Full set by each band plus a superjam set of Twang-tastic proportions. Double drums, triple telecasters, all kinds of fun!”

I have had the benefit of catching some recent Grant Farm shows and can tell you they are at the top of their game.

Great American Taxi has been in the studio, added some new members and are ready to delight with the new line-up.  From the event page:

Americana outfit Great American Taxi has shuffled the deck in 2015 and added some new dynamic players to the fold.  Having gathered with Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth fiddle player and record producer) at Silo Sound Studios in Denver, CO in late 2014 and again in early 2015 to record a new album, the band is ready to reveal what’s next.

Take a ride with the Great American Taxi, tonight at the Fox Theatre.

Take a ride with the Great American Taxi, tonight at the Fox Theatre.

Core members Chad Staehly, Jim Lewin and Brian Adams find themselves joined by Arthur Lee Land on guitar, banjo and vocals as well as sharing some of the songwriting duties.  Nate Barnes (Rose Hill Drive, Ryan Bingham) will join the band on drums.

Producer Tim Carbone recently had this to say about the new recording project – “The sound of the new line-up is pure gold Americana!  The songwriting is as sharp as ever and the boys are willing and able to experiment.”

Another special treat this evening, performance artist Keith “Scramble Campbell” will bring his brushes and canvas to capture the performance in brilliant color.

There is no better place to be tonight than at the Fox Theatre for the JAMericana Summit.

See you at the show!


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Meeting on the Mountain tonight at Cervantes Other Side, come early

MeetonMountain-34Well I can’t tell you how much fun these Meeting on the Mountains are to attend.  They are intimate, fun, informative and did I mention fun.  I was at the first one in Denver and I look forward to attending the series.

Here are some photos from the the Inaugural Meeting on the Mountain held March 1, 2015.

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Here is the skinny from a recent press release:

Denver, CO — Meeting on the Mountain, a new collaborative live broadcast experience, kicks off their second event on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 at 7pm at Cervantes’ Other Side in Denver, CO. Todd Scheaffer of Railroad Earth, Ragged Union, and Benny “Burle” Galloway will be joining in on the fun with host band, The Grant Farm, for this second Meeting on the Mountain experience, with Tyler Grant hosting. The rousing live one-hour broadcast includes performances as well as interviews with each act and gives The Grant Farm the opportunity to collaborate with some of their favorite musicians.

Meeting on The Mountain is thrilled to have partnered with Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado and Ripstic Vaporizers for the season. Look out for news and fun contests from them leading up to the next Meeting on the Mountain.

There will be five installments of MOTM in 2015 featuring a variety of artists. Each event is hosted by Tyler Grant with The Grant Farm as the house band. It will be recorded, video-streamed live, and rebroadcast at The broadcast is followed by a concert with sets from each band.

Meeting on the Mountain is filmed and broadcast by Fort Collins-based Hyphytek. The complete deluxe edition re-broadcast of the Inaugural Meeting on the Mountain (3/1/15), along with bonus footage from the night, is now available to view online at It features interviews and performances with Jilian and Bill Nershi, Dead Winter Carpenters, Benny “Burle” Galloway and The Grant Farm with host Tyler Grant.

The Meeting on the Mountain concept was inspired by a collaborative 4-song EP, entitled Meeting on the Mountain (Sept 2014), which features music by The Grant Farm with Fruition. The song, “Meet me on the Mountain” (written by Fruition’s Jay Cobb Anderson and Tyler Grant) conjures a laid back campfire sing-a-long vibe which embodies the spirit of the new Meeting on the Mountain series and is also the theme song for it.

“It was really a fit of inspiration,” explains Grant [in an interview with 5280], discussing how a one-off partnership turned into the series Meeting on the Mountain. ‘That [EP] just captured a certain amount of magic, and I wanted to continue with themeeting on the mountain’ theme. I wanted it to be a regular concept, where we could incorporate musical guests we admire and/or have some kind of connection to.’”

Watch a video introduction of the series by Tyler Grant here->

Meet the May 3rd Meeting on the Mountain Players:

Todd Shaeffer’s life story…is still being written… For now you know him as the erstwhile front man / singer of amazing roots grass band Railroad Earth and may remember that he also was the frontman and key member of From Good Homes. These labels do not define him however, they are only mere reference points for an artist / singer / songwriter who continually creates his best work every day!

Ragged Union is a six-piece, hard-driving bluegrass band, performing original tunes and off-the-beaten-path standards, with a focus on the duet singing of husband-and-wife pair Geoff and Christina Union. Award-winning instrumental work, a powerful rhythmic drive, uptempo arrangements and edgy, outsider songwriting are the marks of their style. Influences include Red Allen, Danny Paisley, John Hartford, Danny Barnes, Alan Munde, Jesse McReynolds, and Vassar Clements, with a side of Texas and a healthy dose of the blues.  Along with Geoff and Christina, Ragged Unicon includes Chris Elliot on banjo, Jordan Ramsey on mandolin & vocals, Pat Hoeper on fiddle & vocals, and Andrew Bonnis on upright bass.

The host band, Grant Farm is a band on a mission. Lead by National Flatpicking Guitar Champion Tyler Grant (Emmitt/Nershi Band), the talented four-piece is built on the foundation of love, family and the joy of music. The permanent lineup of Grant Farm is Tyler “The Champ” Grant on electric guitar and vocals, uber-talented Adrian “ACE” Engfer on bass and vocals, rock solid Sean “Magic” Macaulay on drums and the phenomenally prodigious Kevin McHugh on keyboards.

Benny “Burle” Galloway, resident colorado songwriting collaborator and musician who’s first experience at Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 1978 set off his embracement of what true American music stood for. Having moved to Denver in his teens with a guitar and a stack of records, Galloway found the area teemed with progressive sounds, plenty of like minded people to play music with, an abundance of music friendly events, and places to pick and sing. After hearing Hot Rize, John Hartford, Norman Blake, New Grass Revival and Leon Russell, it was evident to “Burle” that he had just found a deep well from which to draw new musical ideas and directions. Burle absorbed every sound available from rock to gospel and began crafting his powerful songwriting skills. In the past decade, Burle has collaborated and played with the finest of musicians and bands in America. His longtime producer and friend Sally Van Meter, Scott Law, Nick Forster, Jerry Douglas, Yonder Mountain String Band, Danny Barnes, Larry and Jenny Keel, Darol Anger, Sam Grisman, John and Rebecca Frazier, Rob Wasserman, Shawn Camp, Jon Wiesberger, Travis Book, Mark Epstein, Robin Davis, Jon Stickley, Tyler Grant Jordan Ramsey, Pete Kartsounes, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Great American Taxi, Emmitt Nershi Band, Head for the Hills, The Grant Farm, Broke Mountain, The Wayword Sons, Town Mountain, Espresso, and many more!

For more information about the new Meeting on the Mountain LIVE broadcast series, please visit,, and

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Share your FoCoMX 2015, photos, videos and tweets

Stelth Ulvang will be among the featured performers at FoCoMX in Fort Collins. (Denver Post file photo)

Stelth Ulvang will be among the featured performers at FoCoMX in Fort Collins. (Denver Post file photo)

Use the hashtag #FoCoMX or @FoCoMx twitter handle to share your experiences from this year’s Fort Collins Music Experience, now in it’s 7th year.  Check back often to see updates from the event.

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FoCoMX is a genre-bending music event

Stelth Ulvang will be among the featured performers at FoCoMX in Fort Collins. (Denver Post file photo)

Stelth Ulvang will be among the featured performers at FoCoMX in Fort Collins. (Denver Post file photo)

By Cassie Maack

Twenty-six venues, 263 local bands and two days dedicated to the Northern Colorado music scene.

Those are answers to some FAQs for the seventh annual FoCoMX, which will take place Friday and Saturday at various venues around Fort Collins.

Event organizers are proud to host various types of sounds, said Greta Cornett, co-founder of FoCoMX and a local musician.

“We try to include all those genres and just try to put a spotlight on Northern Colorado and that music scene,” she said, “because we do think it’s such a hidden gem and we do think there’s so much great stuff happening here.”

Cornell’s co-founder, Kevin Micke, said the large spectrum of genres offers something for everyone.

“It doesn’t matter what type of music you like,” he said, “there are definitely at least five bands you’ll probably love at the festival.”

Cornet said the festival takes a novel approach: no headliner, just a bunch of local bands, experienced and otherwise.

“It’s pretty unique that we don’t have a traditional type of headliner,” Cornett said, “With FoCoMx, it’s more about the community and musicians.”  Read More…

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The Infamous Stringdusters blaze through Colorado, including free 4/20 show in Boulder (Photos, Video)


The Infamous Stringdusters with Travis Book on bass, Andy Falco on guitar, Jeremy Garrett on fiddle, Andy Hall on dobro and Chris Pandolfi on banjo.

It was like a whirlwind,  a fun time that is now up in smoke.  The Colorado favorite Infamous Stringdusters landed in Boulder to celebrate their 4/20 shows this year.  After BoulderAd2015several recent visits to Colorado ski towns the and even a mid Boulder Theater show run excursion up to Breckenridge, the band ended this leg of their Colorado shows on Monday, April 20th at the Boulder Theater.

In their eighth year the Stringdusters are riding on a high wave of success filling theaters, music halls and featured at many festivals across the country.

From a recent press release: “When The Infamous Stringdusters first emerged eight years ago, the band was immediately branded fast-picking Nashville wunderkinds, a new-generation super group built to revive the high lonesome sound. Then came immediate accolades—IBMA awards, a chart-topping self-titled album for Sugar Hill Records and a Grammy nomination for “Best Country Instrumental” (for “Magic No. 9″ from the 2010 album Things That Fly). Incendiary chops, complete with undeniable instrumental virtuosity and heartfelt harmonies, immediately positioned the band to be longstanding bluegrass torchbearers.”

The band members Travis Book on bass, Andy Falco on guitar, Jeremy Garrett on  fiddle, Andy Hall on dobro and  Chris Pandolfi on banjo have found their stride, sticking with a more traditional bluegrass stage the band is anything but traditional, mixing in wild covers with original tunes in a very high energy performance.

Andy Hall

Andy Hall

The band surprised a couple of hundred fans on Monday, April 20th by performing a free show on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder starting promptly at 4:20pm.

The Boulder Theater shows also featured Trout Steak Revival and Gipsy Moon, two local bluegrass bands that, in this blogger’s opinion, are on the way to the top of the bluegrass charts.

The Infamous Stringdusters are continuing on their national tour including many festival apperances.  Colorado can look forward to seeing them again this summer at RockyGrass in Lyons, Co.   Here are some photos and videos from their recent visit.  For Tour information visit

Trout Steak Revival open the Boulder Theater Show on Saturday.

“Get it While You Can” Saturday at the Boulder Theater

The 4/20 free show on Pearl St. Mall at 4:20 pm, Monday.

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