The Acts of 80/35: Bluegrass

Jun 1, 2015

Hot Buttered Rum is a five-piece modern bluegrass band from the San Francisco Bay area. The group's members are all close friends and decided to start the band while on a backpacking trip in the High Sierra. The band is known for energetic live performances and have performed with the likes of Phil Lesh, Chris Thile, Brett Dennen and Robert Earl Keen. They describe their music as "a sound that's as tough to describe as it is easy to love, and it has found its way to the most prestigious pop, folk and bluegrass stages in the country". These stages include Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Newport Folk Festival and Bonnaroo Music Festival. 

Hot Buttered Rum
Credit Dave Fleishman
Head For The Hills
Credit Marc Leverette

Head For The Hills is progressive string band from Fort Collins, Colo. Their influences stem from several different music genres including indie rock, jazz, hip hop, world and folk that mix to create a fresh bluegrass sound. The band has worked with Grammy winner Sally Van Meter along with Grammy Award-winning mixing engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, The Raconteurs). Head for the Hills has performed at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, South by Southwest and many other stages since 2004. The band has two studio records and co-released a beer with Odell Brewing Company.

Kind Country
Credit kindcountryband.com

Kind Country is a Minneapolis based bluegrass jam band that plays old and new songs from the American songbook along with original tunes. The band is comprised of eight musicians comprised of strings, drums and keyboard. Kind Country released their debut album "Kind Country" in 2013 and have been performing regularly across the United States.