THE RAILSPLITTERS: Fresh off the success of their first album and taking first place in Rockygrass’ Best New Band Competition, Colorado natives, The Railsplitters got busy touring the US, meeting wider audiences, and of course, spending hours in the tour van!  As you can imagine with five members traveling across the United States, the musical array pouring out of the van onto the open highway was wildly eclectic, crossing over genre and time.  The musical potpourri heard in their time on the road eventually began to seep into the band’s own music.  With their new album The Faster It Goes, The Railsplitters are using these new influences to break the bonds of bluegrass and unleash tradition.  Lauren Stovall and the rest of the Splitters suggest that using your roots to evolve is really at the heart of the genre, as Bill Monroe himself was an innovator. With their finger on the pulse, The Railsplitters are pushing the genre forward with an adventurous spirit, carrying in the tradition of breaking boundaries with their innovative sound.


FY5 (FORMALLY “FINNDERS & YOUNGBERG”): For decades now, Colorado has been a wellspring for American roots music,combining the traditional Appalachian old-time and honky-tonk strains of the East with the spirit of adventure and openness of the West. Colorado has served as a magnet for musicians looking to find themselves, and it’s become a place for musical kindred spirits to commune and create. FY5 –Finnders & Youngberg– represent this pioneering spirit, and with their latest effort, Eat the Moon, we can hear a newfound maturity and purpose that comes with steady gigging, dedication, and a renewed sense of purpose. Bluegrass harmonies, crisp as a mountain stream, meld with virtuosic picking and fiddling and the kind of honest acknowledgment of the tough realities of life that’s best found in traditional honky-tonk. “We’re proud to have come from the traditional folk and bluegrass school,” says bandleader Mike Finders, “yet we put all that aside and do our best to build the songs honestly, creatively, with no predetermined agenda to play this or that kind of music.” With Eat the Moon, FY5 brings us a self-assured vision of American music, rooted in tradition, but pointing to new creative directions that make it vital and relevant in today’s modern world.


LOCHWOOD BLUEGRASS BAND: Lochwood Bluegrass band from Missoula, MT. Playing hard-driving traditional Bluegrass in the tradition of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Bros.