Recent News on Grass It Up
Grass It Up photos courtesy of: Jeff Kearney, Brian Tryon, Wynn Miller
Steeped in American music traditions such as bluegrass, folk, ragtime, rock and country, Grass It Up has shaped a unique brand of Americana that expresses the feeling of life in today’s American West. Their stories translate to timeless songs that touch the heart of their listeners, and their melodic instrumentation bends rules. Grass It Up has been producing their own original music since 2005, and is celebrating their 6th full-length album this summer, Borrowed Time, recorded live on March 12, 2016 at the Western Jubilee Recording Company in Colorado Springs.
Grass It Up is renowned for their thought-provoking songwriting, high energy and engaging live performances. You can find them at iconic, intimate venues, like the Front Range Barbeque or The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, and festival season brings a public showcase including events such as the MeadowGrass Music Festival, Keystone Bluegrass & Brew Festival, High Mountain Hay Fever, Bluegrass on The Arkansas or Bluegrass at the Fair among other front range or mountain festivals. Formed in 2005, Alabama natives David Jeffrey & Shannon Carr relocated to Colorado Springs, where they met bassist Jon Bross. Their first album was recorded as a trio, Goin’ To Colorado in 2007. Expanding their sound shortly thereafter using keyboardist Danny Karpel, they recorded Shoot The Moon in 2009 and Day After Yesterday in 2010. Enjoying their live performances more than studio, Grass It Up recorded Live in 2011, which featured fiddle player, Ben Lewis, and introduced a long-time Alabama bandmate of David and Shannon, banjo player Jim Marsh. In 2013, a one-day jam in a mountain studio resulted in their 5th full length album, Alabama Tory, a retreat to their traditional bluegrass influences. In 2014, Grass It Up introduced fiddle player David Siegel and had recorded their second live album in 2016, Borrowed Time.
Borrowed Time – Live at the Western Jubilee, recorded by Bill Douglass, is a compelling snapshot of Grass it Up’s live show, which has won a devoted following
and earned them 5 Indy Music Awards honors. Original tunes Borrowed Time and Nadine display the band’s sweet melodic sensibilities, Crazy Town presents a slow-burning, backwoods drama, and the instrumentals Spaghetti Western and Manitou Breakdown roll with the rambunctious energy of a freight train. Until you can catch the band live, Borrowed Time – Live at the Western Jubilee will allow you to soak in the band’s rich Americana sound and join the enthusiastic crowd which counts itself among the growing number of Grass it Up fans.
What the Critics Are Saying About Grass It Up…
“Two performances in two months for the Black Rose Acoustic Society, standing room only. Wow! Featuring at the Open Stage, they had multiple Black Rose Stomps, two encores and a standing ovation. Amazing!” — Moira Theriault – The Black Rose Acoustic Society
“Live is entertaining and satisfying, and I got an “aw shucks it’s over” feeling as I drove back over the pass. But, this CD will go along with me on my next road trip—miles and miles of Montana. Keep them coming, boys!” — Cathleen Norman of Pow’r Pickin’ http://www.coloradobluegrass.org/
“This is a good group both instrumentally and vocally and it shows through their song arrangements and presentation.” — Bill Foster, Bluegrass Unlimited
“Inspired songwriting, spot on harmonies, and brilliant pickin’ make “Live” a ‘must have’ for fans of Americana and indie grass – twelve original songs that amply showcase the musical chops and highaltitude energy that Grass It Up bring to every live performance.” — Steve Harris, Host, The Grass Roots Revival – KRCC & Director, MeadowGrass Americana Music Festival
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