Head for the Hills is Tahoe-bound. The Colorado bluegrass quartet is playing a Saturday show in the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room.
“We’re super excited,” fiddle player Joe Lessard told Lake Tahoe Action. “It’s always one of our more fun shows on tour in that area, because it tends to be structured nicely and then always the show is free, or it’s encouraging for people to come out for cheap and just party with us.”
Lessard is joined by, Adam Kinghorn (guitar), Michael Chappell (mandolin) and Matt Loewen (bass). The four met in 2004 as freshmen at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.
In addition to the Crystal Bay show, Head for the Hills is amped up for its upcoming album release. “Blue Ruin,” the group’s third studio album, is set for release July 9.
“It’s a phrase to describe twilight,” Chappell said in November, describing the album title. “Not like the series; like, dusk.”
While largely featuring traditional bluegrass instrumentation, the album is definitely a departure from straight-ahead bluegrass, Lessard said.
“We’ve got a lot of fun guests on it like a trumpet player and some pedal steel, some female vocals, my mom playing some cello,” he said. “We’re really excited about it, the most excited we’ve been about a record so far. “
The album is being released digitally on Itunes, as well as on CD and vinyl LP
“We’re really excited to have vinyl, we’re all vinyl collectors ourselves,” Lessard said.
Josh Sweigert, Lake Tahoe Action