Although rooted in traditional bluegrass and old time music, The Railsplitters are pushing the boundaries of those genres in every sense. With their lush harmonies, instrumental virtuosity and non-conformist songwriting, The Railsplitters deftly demonstrate what happens when musical influences ranging from samba to hip hop merge with traditional Appalachian music.
Hailing from the Rocky Mountain front range in Boulder, CO, the Railsplitters spend their time on the road appealing to audiences all across the US and Europe. Their line-up features Lauren Stovall and her ‘Emmylou-esque’ vocals in the lead, Dusty Rider’s melodically intricate banjo licks, Peter Sharpe’s Brazilian and bluesy flare on mandolin, Joe D’Esposito’s New-England and Italian inspired fiddling and the ever-so-groovy Jean-Luc Davis on the double bass.
The Railsplitters have won multiple awards including first place in the RockyGrass Band Competition in 2013. They’ve also successfully crowd-funded all three of their studio albums, including their latest, which is to be released later this year. To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the band, The Railsplitters will release the new album in late 2017 featuring 10 tracks of all new, genre bending, original music.
Barbaro is a progressive bluegrass band playing music for films about cooking. Spicy instrumentals, savory harmonies, and to-the-point songwriting creates a dynamic and captivating set for audiences of all ages and musical tastes. Barbaro began crafting it’s sound in the fall 2016 and has been evolving ever since. With an EP coming out in early 2018, and a full length album already in the works, the band’s tone is getting juicy and it’s originality is reaching medium-rare.
Via driving rhythms, colorful solos, and vocal harmony, Minneapolis-based roots act Little Riddles delivers complex stories with simple melodies. Drawing from the frameworks of the bluegrass, early rock ‘n’ roll, and country western traditions, Little Riddles creates its own sound, blending important aspects of these genres into a 21st century aesthetic.