Hear the band
WHERE: Harpeth Rising will play in the Acoustic Renaissance Concert Series in the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale,11 W Maple St.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13; doors open at 7:15 p.m.
COST & INFO: Cost & info: $17 for adults, $15 for students and seniors; for reservations, call 630-369-2998, or arrange by mail order to: Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, Attn: ARC, with more details at www.acousticren.com
Voted “Best Local Band in Nashville'” by The Tennessean, the four classically trained musicians of Harpeth Rising bring a distinctively new sound to the folk genre, with influences in folk, bluegrass and Celtic music. The group will perform in the Acoustic Renaissance Concert Series at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Hinsdale.
With a banjo and fiddle, you might think they're traditional bluegrass but think again, say concert organizers, noting that cello and hand drums round out the ensemble. Their virtuosic instrumentals are coupled with intimate vocals and powerful lyrics.
The group, whose members met at the Indiana University School of Music, began performing as a quartet in Nashville in 2009, playing for both Music City Roots and live in the studio of WSM the following year, and have been touring both nationally and internationally for three years. A little bit bluegrass, a little bit classical, a little bit folk and a whole lot of original, Harpeth Rising is described as a band to watch.
The quartet is promoting its latest album, “The End of the World,” which debuted in the Top Ten on the International Folk Charts. This is a special project for Harpeth Rising, as it presents songs written by David Greenberg, father of Jordana Greenberg, the band's violinist. Harpeth Rising has been performing songs by David Greenberg for several years to much acclaim, and fans have requested this project for some time.
Tracks from the album have received several accolades, including Best Song of 2012 by the No Surf Music Review, and named a Finalist for the International Acoustic Music Awards. Before the release of the latest album, Harpeth Rising's touring was largely focused on promoting its second album: “Dead Man's Hand,” produced by multiple Grammy winner Bil VornDick (Alison Krauss, Bob Dylan and Bela Fleck). Some of this season's highlights have included appearances at the Cambridge Folk Festival, The Frome Festival, Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, and ROMP Music Festival (alongside artists such as Emmylou Harris and Steve Martin).
"Harpeth Rising, warm, honest, and true music by four exquisite musicians." Peter Zeijl, Folk En Zo
The Acoustic Renaissance Series presents some of the finest nationally and internationally touring artists in acoustic music. Learn more about the concert series at www.acousticren.com. For more on the band, go to www.harpethrising.com.