Trout Steak Revival - Album Release Show!
515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA, 30030
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 9:15 PM
Trout Steak Revival
"Trout Steak Revival is Colorados next great bluegrass band” - Emerald O’Brien, Westword
“On-point harmonies, prime musicianship, and booming, palpable bluegrass camaraderie....one
of the year’s most reliable bluegrass offerings of the year.” —Jonathan Frahm, PopMatters
Ever since winning the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, Trout Steak Revival has quickly become a quintessential Colorado band. The band won an Emmy Award for a soundtrack they contributed to a Rocky Mountain PBS. They’ve collaborated with school children in mentoring programs in Denver and Steamboat Springs. Their music is featured on Bank of Colorado’s radio and television advertisements. Most recently, Westword named them Denver’s Best Bluegrass Band, and they were nominated as a Momentum Band of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Defined more by expressive songwriting and heartfelt harmonies rather than any one genre, Trout Steak Revival crosses over and blends the bounds of folk, indie, bluegrass, and roots evoking its own style of Americana. With five band members all contributing unique lyrics, lead vocals, acoustic instrumentation, and harmonies, Trout Steak Revival delivers memorable tunes to an energetic fanbase that grows hand-in-hand with the band.
Trout Steak Revival has shared the stage with The Wood Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Infamous Stringdusters, Nicki Bluhm, Sara Watkins, Leftover Salmon, and many more...
2017: Folk Alliance Official Showcase
2016: IBMA Official Showcase Band, IBMA Momentum Band of the Year Nominee, Denver Westword’s “Best Bluegrass Band"
2015: Today Show Appearance
2014: Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition: 1st Place
2013: Emmy Award, Short Web-Based Documentary: Rocky Mtn PBS Documentary "Great Ingredients.” Trout Steak Revival wrote the soundtrack.
"The growl and purr of motorcycle engines. The patter of rain on a tin roof. The twinkle of chimes on a porch in February. The steady, insistent thrum of heartbeats. Maxwell Hughes' playing evokes all of this, and much more. At a time when too many musicians treat their instruments as simple props, he's a total original (and maybe a freedom fighter, too): an artist determined to explore the entire expressive latitude of his acoustic guitar, and to coax as many different sounds and moods from it as he can. In his hands, the guitar is a magic wand, a lightning rod, a stick to conjure the storm.
Hughes is an imaginative songwriter and a daring composer. In performance, he's a warm, charismatic presence, able to hold audiences spellbound with nothing but his genial manner and his six-string. As he's demonstrated during his time with the internationally-famous Lumineers and Denver favorites Edison, he's an excellent accompanyist and musical collaborator, too. But every conversation about this unique artist must begin with his mesmerizing instrumental talent. And while Hughes has his antecedents and happily acknowledges their influence on what he does, it isn't hyperbole to say that there's nobody out there who approaches the instrument in the same way that he does. His driving guitar-playing -- with its dazzling fusion of finger-taps, picking, strumming, deftly-caught harmonics, and rhythmic raps on the body of the instrument -- creates a musical language heretofore unheard. And by the time a listener is through listening to one of his records, or seeing him play a live show, he or she will be fluent in it.
Remarkably for a musician of his profile, Maxwell Hughes didn't even pick up an instrument until he was 16 years old. Before that, he was just a normal kid growing up in Fort Collins, Colorado -- a music fan, to be sure, but one with no awareness of his dormant powers. His awakening came when he was introduced to the music of Australian acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, whose percussive approach to the instrument inspired Hughes to see possibilities he'd never before entertained. From there, Hughes explored the music of the frenetic virtuoso Kaki King and the electrifying mandolinist Chris Thile (Hughes contributed mandolin to the Lumineers during his tenure with the band -- one in which he wrote two of the songs that would highlight their Grammy-nominated debut.) Echoes of Emmanuel, King, and Thile are audible in his own compositions, but through hours of practice and innovation, he's utterly transformed his sources. As precise and dazzling as his technique is, the most astonishing thing about Hughes' playing is just how emotionally evocative it can be.
It was the chase for that distinctive, personal sound that compelled Hughes to leave the Lumineers -- and he's never looked back since. Under his own name, he's put out three collections of his distinctive songwriting -- and a fourth is on the way. He's been busy with other projects, too: his guitar and bass are the bedrock of Edison's acclaimed album Familiar Spirit. And in 2013, he was officially sponsored by Larrivee, the company that manufactures the acoustic guitars he plays. They know what the rest of the country is finding out: there's no better advertisement for guitars, and musicianship, and artistic innovation than the music that Maxwell Hughes has already made. As for the music he's going to make next?, well, watch out."
$15.00 - $20.00