The past year has been a whirlwind of excitement for the group, with a “SxSW Critics Pick” selection by the Austin Statesman, a featured NPR radio appearance, & a nod for “Best Bluegrass” in Colorado for 3 consecutive years (2010-2012), via a reader’s based poll conducted by Westword Magazine (Denver’s premier lifestyle/entertainment publication). The quartet performed at a host of music festivals in 2012 including: Wakarusa Music Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, SxSW and many more. The group released their first live album on May 29th 2012, entitled "Head for the Hills Live." All captured in clear high fidelity sound & culled from 5 great nights in the band’s home-state of Colorado, “Head for the Hills - Live” is just that; the band live and unadorned, performing favorite original material and select covers.
To get a sense of Head for the Hills’ snowballing momentum, look no further than the surrounding talent on their self-titled sophomore release (2010), Head for the Hills. The album garnered the group a charted position on the CMJ Top 200 national radio listings. The pickers attracted heavyweights like longtime bluegrass aficionado, Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon) to produce and recorded at Bill Nershi’s Sleeping Giant. Mastering wiz Gus Skinas engineered the effort, who boasts a particularly intriguing history having digitally remastered Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon; helped Sony develop the early iterations digital audio, and invented an innovative multi-tracker called Sonoma that combines the warmth of analog with the ease and efficiency of digital. In addition, Vance Powell -- who adorns his mantle with a Grammy for his work on the Raconteurs wildly successful Consolers of the Lonely album -- mixed the record. The self titled release earned the group a #29 position on Colorado Radio’s “Top 50 Albums of 2010.”
In 2007, for their debut studio effort, “Robber’s Roost,” the band joined forces with the talented producer/performer Sally Van Meter. Ms. Van Meter, among her impressive list of accomplishments, is credited for her 1994 Grammy Award Winning work on The Great Dobro Sessions. She has also produced albums for artists like Yonder Mountain String Band, Open Road Bluegrass and Allison Brown.
Head for the Hills have performed, shared programming, & crossed festival paths with such notables as: David Grisman, Sam Bush, The Flaming Lips, My Morning Jacket, Ween, Bruce Hornsby, Emmylou Harris, Dr. Dog, Little Feat, Nickel Creek, The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Punch Brothers, Doc Watson, Railroad Earth & many more. The quartet has performed at many premier festivals, events, & radio programs including: Wakarusa Music Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, NPR-Ideastream, High Sierra Music Festival, eTown, DelFest, Northwest String Summit, Mulberry Mountain Harvest Festival, and many more.
With direction from a plethora of talented company and an ever-evolving approach to progressive acoustic music, there is no telling what the future holds for the Colorado quartet.
“Head for the Hills possesses that secret ingredient”
-Ryan Dembinsky, (Glide Magazine, Hidden Track)