Hillbilly Heat Wave! ~ The Hatrick & The Hillbenders
The River Ghost Revue
1013 Park Ave.
Columbia, MO, 65201
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is all ages
While Kansas and the Carolinas lay claim to their own variety of bluegrass music - The Hatrick sees fit to represent the sovereign state of Missouri with their own breed: Stompgrass. Every member of the Hatrick sings… every member plays percussion with their feet... and with their remaining limbs; they incorporate acoustic guitar, bass, mandolin, drums, fiddle, hamonica, washboard, and whatever else they can fit in the trailer. Recently upgraded to a 4-piece with the addition of fiddle player Michael Schembre, members of this outfit hail from several other area bands, such as The Hipnecks, Bockman, The Schwag, Stickley & Canan, and The Kay Brothers. While their respective bands have enjoyed regional success, they still thought it prudent of them to assemble a rowdy party band the way they thought it should be done. On top of many new accomplishments, the group has recorded 2 albums and completed 5 successful Colorado front range tours where they played such highly regarded venues as the Sheridan Opera House (Telluride) and The Fox Theater (Boulder) and have shared the stage with Sam Bush, George Jones, Del MCoury, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Robert Earle Keen, The Avett Brothers, Vince Herman, and many more.
The Hatrick Features:
Pat Kay (The Hipnecks/The Kay Brothers)
Sean Canan (Bockman, Stickley & Canan)
Michael Schembre (The Kay Brothers/Mary & the Giant)
Ryan Kennedy (Reubens Accomplice/Stickley & Canan)
After nearly a year in the making the Springfield, MO based bluegrass sensations, The HillBenders, released their debut album " Down To My Last Dollar" on April 16 th. Produced By Jeremy Chapman and featuring Jeremy Garrett from the Infamous Stringdusters on fiddle, this highly anticipated release is the first full length effort from the group. With 11 of the 13 tracks on the album being original compositions, The HillBenders are giving listeners a truly unique experience far from the typical bluegrass fare. Rooted in the traditions of bluegrass, the HillBenders push the boundaries of the genre by combining influences from country, rock, blues, jazz and americana into their sound to produce something entirely new. Some say it's newgrass, some say it's bluegrass, some say it's neither, but everyone says whatever it is, it's incredible! "Down To My Last Dollar" showcases some of the best The HillBenders have to offer, delivered with unwavering energy and rich, full acoustic instrumentation, and vocal arrangements on par with the best in the industry.
As one of hottest new acoustic bands in the genre today, The HillBenders are making waves. Much like the oncoming heat of summer, this young band is quickly rising above many of their peers and achieving accomplishments that veteran groups strive for. Claiming the championship title at last year's Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition in Colorado helped put The HillBenders on the map, so to speak. Being recognized by a group as prestigious as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival is no small feat, and firmly reassured The HillBenders that they are on the right path. One look at their 2010 tour schedule reaffirms the fact that the HillBenders have become a force in their genre with coast to coast appearances at some of the country's premiere music events such as the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, the Walnut Valley Festival, Mullberry Mountain Harvest Festival, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Silver Dollar City's Bluegrass and Bar-B-Q festival and many more.
HillBender History 101- The HillBenders came together in late March '08 when Nolan Lawrence, who was residing in Austin Tx. at the time, was invited to collaborate with the yet unnamed HillBenders: Mark Cassidy, Jim Rea and Gary Rea. After meeting each other and working together for a short time the group realized that they had something special, and the HillBenders were born. About a year after the HillBenders were formed they received a phone call from their old friend and former band member Chad Graves. A couple of years earlier Chad had left the previous incarnation of the band and moved to Nashville, TN where he secured a position touring throughout the U.S. and Europe playing dobro with Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike. The Music City proved to be less satisfying for Chad than he expected and after some time he returned to his home in Polk County, MO. Upon his return he contacted the HillBenders about playing together again for the first time, and the current form of the band was solidified.
The River Ghost Revue
RGR specializes in rural American folk music. Our unique (or basterdized...) sound comes from a blending of elements from bluegrass, country & western, and singer-songwriter Americana. We strive to create music that would work as well in Washington Square as it would on a front porch in the Ozarks. We like songs that ramble. Songs that shuffle. And songs that fight back. We're not a throwback group, but rather a tip of the hat to the music that's come before us. As always, we've got four new tires and a tank of gas, so grab your banjo and come along...
MINORS: Please be prepared to pay a $2 surcharge at the door in addition to the purchase price of the ticket.
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