The Grant Farm with Ragged Union

The Grant Farm with Ragged Union

Ragged Union

Thu, May 4, 2017

9:00 pm

$15.00

This event is 21 and over

The Grant Farm
The Grant Farm
Grant Farm is a band on a mission. Lead by National Flatpicking Champion Tyler Grant (Emmitt/Nershi Band), the talented four-piece is built on the foundation of love, family and the joy of music. The Grant Farm train stops at all the stations on North American roots music line, and is not afraid to let the whistle scream with some blistering jams. After a several solid seasons of touring Coast-to-Coast behind their eponymous debut CD, Grant Farm (Grant Central Records, 2012) audiences everywhere are a-buzz with the Roots, Rock and Cris-Co statement that Grant Farm brings to every performance.

Former members of Leftover Salmon, The Drew Emmitt Band, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Bill Nershi’s Blue Planet and Hot Soup, these fine young players have been featured on stage with the likes of The String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Motet, Head For The Hills, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Dumpstaphunk, Tony Rice, Larry Keel, Keller Williams, Jon Oates, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Disco Biscuits, Abigail Washburn and Peter Rowan.

The seeds of Grant Farm were planted in 2009 by Tyler Grant and Andy Thorn. Tyler was fresh off the boat from Nashville, TN and Andy from Chapel Hill, NC. The duo found themselves in Boulder, CO as members of The Emmitt-Nershi Band, and were eager to showcase some of their original music. When Tyler gave his notice to ENB at the end of 2010 he was driven to make a bigger statement with his music so he dusted off his Telecaster, rounded up a core band, plugged in, turned up, and watched the sprouts of the Grant Farm concept grow.

With the help of Thorn and stellar bassist Keith Moseley of The String Cheese Incident, the electric Grant Farm started rehearsing in early 2011. Their concerts in Denver, Boulder and the mountains beyond caused a ripple in the local music scene that led to some fine festival plays the following Summer, including Yarmonygrass, Four Corners Folk Festival, NedFest, Fort Collins Bark n’ Bluegrass, Riverfront, and Harvestival. With a country-disco (Cris-Co), roots-rock, booty-shakin’ jam-tastic concept fully formed, Grant Farm prepared to annihilate audiences across the country.

The permanent lineup of Grant Farm is Tyler "The Champ" Grant on electric guitar and vocals, uber-talented Adrian "ACE" Engfer on bass and vocals, rock solid Sean "Magic" Macaulay on drums and the phenomenally prodigious Kevin McHugh on keyboards. Look for them Spring and Summer 2015 at a Festival near you. Look for the Plowin Time album from Grant Central Records on CD, Vinyl, iTunes, and DSD Pure formats. Also check out Meeting on the Mountain on iTunes. C'mon, it's PLOWIN' TIME!

Grant Farm, based in Boulder, boasts some of the ablest musicians not only in the state of Colorado, but in the nation. Their talent was plain to see (and hear) during their performance in our CPR Performance Studio - Daniel Mescher, Colorado Public Radio

Attacking the album as a band gave way to the cohesive and natural sound of the songs, but high-end equipment and lots of labor resulted in a staggeringly rich recording. "Plowin’ Time" elevates the band’s solid twang-rock sound to enviable levels - Brian Turk, Marquee Magazine
Ragged Union
Ragged Union
“Ragged Union is a powerful new group that has all the essential elements of a great band – top-notch musicians, original material, tight harmonies and blistering instrumentals!” Ken Seaman / Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival

Ragged Union’s hard-driving bluegrass, with a tinge of the traditional and a healthy dose of the blues, has become a favorite for quite a few music lovers since their inception a few years ago.
Not many folks have said it better than Ron Thomason of Dry Branch Fire Squad who said, “This IS your grandfather’s bluegrass music but NOT his lyrics or subject matter. These tunes are ‘traditional’ in their approach and in RU’s presentation, but the subject matter of the lyrics is wholly modern; that is, they deal with modern angst, problems, even fixations in both a literal and metaphorical way. And this is the crux: that’s entirely different than how bluegrass music has been ‘updated’ to date. It is beyond appropriate; it is fresh and innovative while preserving through their instruments the things one likes about bluegrass music.”
Some pretty powerful words for a band who is just now releasing their first album. The music coming from this six-piece Colorado based ensemble, lead by husband and wife Geoff and Christina Union, is memorable and provides a platform for players performing original tunes and off-the-beaten path standards, winning fans in the process.
There is an intimacy and tightness surrounding the vocals, with award-winning instrumental work, a powerful rhythmic drive, and up tempo arrangements giving way to the edgy, outsider songwriting that has become an earmark of their style.
Hard Row to Hoe was recorded in the fall/winter months of 2014 in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Former Rebecca Frazier/Hit and Run banjoist, and current player for Finnders and Youngberg, Aaron Youngberg, engineered and mixed the project consisting of thirteen tunes, eleven singers, two instrumentals, ten originals and three covers.
The album features upbeat, rhythmically charged originals with a dose of uncommon, outside the bluegrass box lyrics and modern adaptations of traditional numbers. The instrumental prowess of Ragged Union players is evident whether the band is joining in for fast tempo fun-ness on “Simple Life,” written by Christina Union and featuring a solid hook and bluesy female vocal or on a softer, sweeter ballad such as the waltz, “Two Tracks Coming,” written by Geoff and hauntingly sung by Christina, spotlighting the lonesome winter imagery so often experienced in the Colorado countryside.
Other songs include “Rake out the Nails,” a bluegrass ballad written by Steep Canyon Rangers Charles Humphrey and Sam Guthridge, bouncy shuffle “Midnight Train,” traditional Red Allen honoring “Don’t Lie to Me,” guitar based instrumental “High Line,” and many more.
Band members Christina Union (lead and tenor vocals), Jordan Ramsey (mandolin, vocal), Chris C-Bob Elliot (Banjo), Justin Hoffenber (fiddle), and Michael Sivcovich (upright bass), have created a sound that is masterful in the hands of seasoned musicians and with an appeal that is infectious. Audiences are responding.
Banjo master Pete Wernick says, "Geoff and Christina can really blend their voices, and their band adds fresh and crisp support....well-played bluegrass!"
Their debut album, Hard Row to Hoe, introduces music lovers to a band whose leader, Geoff Union, moved with his wife Christina to Golden, Colorado from Austin, Texas, where they immediately dove into the Front Range bluegrass scene, from Oskar Blues to Avogadro’s Number, Cervantes Other Side, Swallow Hill, and the Golden Clear Creek Concert Series.
The band’s 2014-15 festival performances include Bluegrass on the Arkansas (Salida), The Kerrville Folk Festival (Kerrville, Texas), Mid Winter Bluegrass Festival, Groove Music and Arts Festival (Georgetown, Colorado), John Hartford Memorial Festival (Bean Blossom, IN), High Mountain Hay Fever Festival (Westcliffe, CO), Keystone Bluegrass, Avograss, and the Crested Butte Arts Fest.
Ragged Union is now ready to take their music to larger audiences. As Charles Humphrey III of Steep Canyon Rangers said, "Ragged Union's Hard Row To Hoe is a fresh burst of bluegrass!"
Venue Information:
Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
1215 20th Street
Denver, CO, 80202
http://www.opheliasdenver.com/