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Pro-Shot Video of a series of Tom Petty covers performed by Keller Williams’ PettyGrass featuring The HillBenders in Boulder last month have been shared.
Not only has Keller Williams confirmed he’ll take his PettyGrass tribute to Tom Petty on the road, but he’s got an all-instrumental LP coming.
Surf-rock Velvet Undergound? Bluegrass ‘Tommy’? Just a few of the treats in store for a Halloween-friendly edition of RecommNeds
About The Hillbenders
Undeniably the hottest young band on the acoustic scene, The HillBenders have been winning over audiences from coast to coast with their unique style, original compositions and relentless drive. These buzz-worthy bluegrass whiz-kids are quickly rising above many of their peers and gaining international recognition for their aggressive combination of contemporary influences with traditional inspiration and instrumentation, as well as their infectiously energetic stage performances.
Claiming the championship title at the 2009 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition helped put The HillBenders on the map, and their recent victory at the 2010 National Single Microphone Championships prove that they continue to be a force to be reckoned with. One look at their 2010 tour schedule confirms that The HillBenders have become a must-see act with appearances at some of the country’s premiere music events such as the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Fan Fest, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Walnut Valley Festival, Mullberry Mountain Harvest Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass and Bar-B-Q festival and many more.
The HillBenders released their debut album Down To My Last Dollar in spring 2010. Produced by Jeremy Chapman and featuring Jeremy Garrett of 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.
Formed in the spring of 2008, the band’s members hail from distant corners of the U.S. but now base themselves in Springfield, MO. 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 that whatever it is, it’s incredible!
Mark Cassidy – Banjo Gary Rea – Bass Jim Rea – Guitar Nolan Lawrence – Mandolin Chad “Gravy Boat” Graves – Dobro
2010 – Down To My Last Dollar, Produced by Jeremy Chapman and featuring Jeremy Garrett of the Infamous Stringdusters on fiddle.
Trey Anastasio Band played sans Cyro Baptista at the House Of Blues in Houston after the percussionist was sidelined with the flu.
Tedeschi Trucks Band delivered an acoustic section to open up the second set of their Chicago Theatre residency closer and also stopped by Buddy Guy’s Legends to perform with the legend himself.
Jerry Joeseph helped Widespread Panic dust off a cover of The Beatles’ “Come Together” during night two of WSP’s Panic En La Playa Nueve run in Mexico, which featured a Red Hot Mama Pajama theme.
Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to the Chicago Theatre on Friday night to continue their four-night residency in The Windy City.
Umphrey’s McGee debuted “Red Room” nearly 13 years since its release on 2007’s ‘The Bottom Half’ and busted out another Rush cover at Stage AE in Pittsburgh.