"Bluegrass meets Rock n Roll"
Much like your favorite t-shirt, The HillBenders just feel good. They don't follow any old stigmas attached to bluegrass, giving them space to be themselves musically. 2018 marks ten years that all five original members have traveled coast to coast and around the world spreading joy and excitement through music. The HillBenders celebrate this decade-long
milestone with a new original record, an anniversary tour, and “Pettygrass”- a collaboration with jamband veteran Keller Williams to give the music of Tom Petty a bluegrass twist. This comes as a follow-up to the critically-acclaimed 2015 release of their 3rd album, TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry, an acoustic interpretation of the The Who's legendary rock opera, TOMMY. From the deepest roots in bluegrass as the 2010 National Single Microphone Champions to the far left of progressive acoustic music The HillBenders have played the most elite stages in both the festival circuit and the performing arts world. High energy performances, a diverse catalog, and a slice of humor make way for what appears to be more of a brotherhood than a business - and each audience they play for becomes a part of that family.
A new and enchanting sound has emerged from the hotbed of the Colorado roots music scene. Masontown, a young band with a concept as timeless as the Rocky Mountains, has alighted onto a bluegrass community that has already produced some of the best that the acoustic music world has to offer. But Colorado, and the wider world of modern music, hasn’t quite heard this yet.
A lauded fiddle champion and classical violinist. A veteran bluegrass mandolin player and composer. One of Colorado’s jazz guitar greats reborn as a flatpicking sensation. An upright bassist with roots running deep in the classical and jazz traditions. These are the individual elements that come together to create Masontown.
Masontown’s sound is a exciting take on the American acoustic tradition. At once fresh and familiar, the group unites the sounds of bluegrass, old-time, folk, and new acoustic music into a sonic melting pot that hearkens back to our deep musical traditions while remaining defiantly modern in conception. Echoes of the poignant exploration of the Matt Flinner Trio blend with the fierce drive of Bill Monroe and the plaintive song- craft of Cahalen Morrison and Eli West. It’s no surprise that the members of Masontown have shared the stage with many of these musical icons that their sound evokes.
The listening halls and dance floors of Colorado have already begun to hail the arrival of this new force in the acoustic music community. Masontown is a band on the move, driven to delight the ears, touch the hearts, and move the feet of generations of music lovers in Colorado and far beyond.