Meadow Mountain is pleased to announce the release of their self-titled debut album, Meadow Mountain. Produced by Chris Pandolfi (The Infamous Stringdusters), the album is set for release November 2, 2018 on Tape Time Records, a record label curated by The Infamous Stringdusters. Along with the official announcement, the album’s first single, “Careless Heart” premiered exclusively today via Bluegrass Today. Recorded in Denver, Colorado, at Mighty Fine Productions, the 11 tracks that comprise the album showcase the band’s wide array of musical influences, culminating in a powerful and unique acoustic sound.
Meadow Mountain, comprised of Summers Baker (guitar), Jack Dunlevie (mandolin), Ian Parker (violin/ viola), George Guthrie (banjo), and Wilson Luallen (bass) 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 music rooted in traditional, hard-driving bluegrass.
“In a world of constant string band evolution, Meadow Mountain has distinct ties to all the best elements of bluegrass, which really makes them stand out from their peers,” Pandolfi says of the band, “They combine that with really strong songwriting chops to create a unique sound that fans of acoustic music will surely gravitate toward.”
From start to finish, the album creates a synergy of old and new musical concepts. “Careless Heart”, the opening track, features a hard-driving, classic bluegrass sound, showcasing their deep connection to the traditions of the genre. Each song on the album shows the range of the group’s ability to bend tones and styles of bluegrass instruments to create something completely original. With songwriting skills on full display throughout, Meadow Mountain has created a sound entirely unique to them.
Drawing inspiration from bands like The Punch Brothers, Del McCoury, Bela Fleck, and Sam Bush, the band initially formed over a mutual love for traditional and progressive bluegrass music. After only a year of performing together, the group was hired for a stint as the house band aboard a Norwegian cruise ship. Thirty gigs in 30 days on board the ship allowed them to hone their skills, and served as a propellent for their ability to play to each other’s strengths. After returning home, their tightened sound positioned Meadow Mountain as one of the premier voices in Colorado bluegrass scene. In 2017, the band solidified their reputation in the bluegrass music, taking home 1st place in the prestigious RockyGrass band competition — and in turn, securing a spot on the 2018 lineup where they were met with overwhelming approval.
Among the young band’s many accolades, Meadow Mountain has given a TED talk, performed at Greyfox Bluegrass’s Emerging Artist series, hosted Denver’s only performance-oriented bluegrass jam, opened for Sam Bush, Del McCoury, and other titans of the genre, and are looking at a very exciting 2019.
For more information on Meadow Mountain: http://meadowmountainmusic.com/
10/12 Ullrs Tavern – Winter Park, CO
10/20 The Lariat – Buena Vista, CO
10/24 Front Range BBQ – Colorado Springs, CO
10/27 KGNU in-studio performance,
10/27 House Concert – Loveland, CO
11/2 Gold Hill Inn – Gold Hill, CO
11/3 Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox – Denver, CO – Official Album Release Party
11/15 – Jamestown Mercantile – Jamestown, CO
11/16 – Steve’s Guitars – Carbondale, CO
12/28 – 10 Mile Music Hall – Frisco, CO (With The Infamous Stringdusters)
12/29 – 10 Mile Music Hall – Frisco, CO (With The Infamous Stringdusters)