Voted 'Best Local Band in Nashville' by the Tennessean, the classically trained musicians of Harpeth Rising is said to bring an exciting and distinctively new sound to the folk genre. The quartet will be playing in Hawley on Saturday, February 8th for Harmony Presents at the Boiler Room in the Hawley Silk Mill at 7:30 p.m.
With a banjo and a fiddle, you might think they're traditional bluegrass – but think again. Cello and percussion round out the ensemble, creating a truly unique sound. Their virtuosic instrumentals are coupled with intimate vocals and powerful lyrics. The group met at the Indiana University School of Music and were united – and continue to be driven by – their eclectic musical interests. They began performing as a quartet in Nashville in 2009, playing for both Music City Roots and live in the studio of WSM the following year. Harpeth Rising has been touring both nationally and internationally for four years with performances that include the Cambridge Folk Festival, The London Folk Festival, Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, The Frome Festival, and ROMP Music Festival. A little bit bluegrass, a little bit classical, a little bit roots and a whole lot of original, Harpeth Rising is a band to watch.
Harpeth Rising released their fourth album, 'Tales From Jackson Bridge,' in October of 2013, the same month it reached No. 6 on the International Folk Charts. As the steampunk-themed album cover suggests, the music of this album brings a fresh and modern take on old genres of music with a great deal of attitude. While this album remains true to Harpeth Rising's folk and classical roots throughout, it expands on their blues, Latin, and rock influences and adds in some 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 Harpeth Rising the distinction of one of the most engaging and dynamic new groups in folk music today. The album has already been named in 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. Harpeth Rising's previous albums, 'The End of the World,' 'Dead Man's Hand,' and their eponymous debut album, have landed them in the Top Ten on the International Folk Charts, on numerous Best-of lists, and garnered praise throughout the US and the UK.
Harmony Presents showcases a wide variety of exciting music, theater, and comedy at 8 Silk Mill Drive every week. Admission is $20 at the door or $16 in advance at 570-588-8077 or www.silkmillharmony.com.