For Immediate Release
The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa
Contact: Jordana Greenberg
HARPETH RISING TO PERFORM AT THE BAMA THEATRE
(Tuscaloosa, Ala.) Instrumental and vocal trio Harpeth Rising will be featured in a performance on Acoustic Night on Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bama Theatre. Presented by The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, the project features both solo and ensemble performances of a wide range of acoustic music throughout the calendar year in the intimate setting of the theatre’s Greensboro Room. Cover charge is $15 with a full service bar available.
Since their formation in 2009, Harpeth Rising has been building a reputation by breaking down musical boundaries. Their virtuosic instrumentals of banjo and violin mixed with cello and foot percussion create an exciting and unique blend of musical genres that include folk, rock, bluegrass and roots music. Their original lyrics, conveyed through powerful three-part vocals, are both gritty and poignant. The all-female group met while studying classical music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and were united – and continue to be driven by – their eclectic musical interests. Within one year of their formation and their move to Music City, they were voted “Best Local Band in Nashville” by The Tennessean. The ensemble has been touring both nationally and internationally for four years with performances that include the Kerrville Folk Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, London Folk Festival, Blissfest, Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, Music City Roots, The Bluebird and ROMP Music Festival.
After an impressive discography of four studio albums in four years, Harpeth Rising released their first live album in Nov. of 2014. The album consists entirely of performances at The Dreaming Tree Coffeehouse in Baptistown, N.J. and includes both original songs and previously unrecorded covers that the trio’s fans had been requesting. A unique feature of their live shows, their covers range from Led Zeppelin to Pete Seeger with unparalleled freshness and originality. The trio’s most recent studio album, “Tales from Jackson Bridge,” reached No. 6 on the Folk DJ Charts and No. 15 on the EuroAmericana Charts. While the album remains true to Harpeth Rising’s folk and classical roots throughout, it expands on their blues, Latin and rock influences and adds in new flavors such as Texas Swing and Gypsy Jazz. This constant innovation combining old and new genres of music, technical mastery and heartfelt sensibility has earned the group the distinction of one of the most engaging and dynamic new ensembles in folk music today. The album has been named on the Americana Radio Top Five Most Added List, the Roots Music Report’s Top Forty, Alternate Root’s Top Ten Songs of the Week and Amazon’s Top Twenty Hot New Releases in Roots Rock.
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