The Colorado based “new-grass” phenomenon, Shanti Groove moves along acoustical and electrical lines, fusing the elements of effect-heavy jam improvisation with traditional bluegrass and earth-loving country for a musical genre that is uniquely their own. Their performances are renowned for their energetic musicianship, intricate paraphrasing, funky percussion and powerful musical soundscapes – drawing dance-ready audiences on a national level.
A band clearly on the rise, Shanti Groove recently returned from recording their sophomore album in Nashville, TN with renowned producer Scott Rouse, a GRAMMY Nominee for Producer of Bluegrass Album Of The Year, known for his work with Doc Watson, Del McCoury, Mac Wiseman among others. The studio project features new and re-worked material and is anticipated to be released this summer.
Shanti Groove has grown considerably since their initial incarnation in 2000, along side their commitment to their muse. In 2004, the band self-produced 2 defining shows at the Fox Theater, a DVD project and a series of self-produced, sold-out music-travel packages related to their New Years performance – a production that landed them multiple features in the national and local media.
Literally meaning Peace Groove, Shanti Groove is considered to be one of the pioneers in the Colorado based “new-grass” experience that is spreading throughout the music scene today. The band attributes their success largely on the music collective growing the Rocky Mountains and the peaceful exchange of music and grooves occurring in their local community. “Local bands that have achieved success before us have readily passed down their knowledge, both in music and business” explains Juri Freeman, and from that, the name “peace groove” seems only natural.
Together they has shared the stage with an all-star cast of musicians including: Yonder Mountain String Band, Sam Bush, Rob Wasserman, Leftover Salmon, Col. Bruce Hampton, Oteil Burbridge, Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom, The Big Wu, Steve Kimock Band, and Acoustic Syndicate.
Shanti Groove continues to grow as a band, maintaining a relentless tour schedule while carving out a solid fan-base and genre that is completely their own. Their unique blend of electric bluegrass can turn a tired Sunday performance into a foot stomping, jaw dropping musical fiesta for listeners of all ages.