Harpeth Rising, “Americana Sensation,” at The Bluebird

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ing-Stair-Pic-682×1024.png” alt=”” width=”300″ height=”450″ />“Harpeth Rising, warm, honest, and true music by four exquisite musicians.” Peter Zeijl, Folk En Zo

Voted ‘Best Local Band in Nashville’ by Toast of Music City 2010, the four classically trained musicians of Harpeth Rising bring an exciting and distinctively new sound to the folk genre. With a banjo and a fiddle, you might think they’re traditional bluegrass – but think again. Cello and hand drums round out the ensemble, creating a truly unique sound. Their virtuosic instrumentals are coupled with intimate vocals and powerful lyrics. The group met at the Indiana University School of Music and were united – and continue to be driven by – their eclectic musical interests. They 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 a band to watch.

The quartet has recently begun promoting their latest album, ‘The End of the World,’ which debuted in the Top Ten on the International Folk Charts. This is an 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. Before the release of this album, Harpeth Rising’s touring was largely focused on promoting their 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 will be playing in Nashville for the Sunday Spotlight Series at the world famous Bluebird Cafe (4104 Hillsboro Pike) on December 16th at 6:30pm. The Bluebird is one of the world’s preeminent listening rooms and has hosted artists ranging from John Prine to Garth Brooks to Emmylou Harris. The Sunday Spotlight series has no cover and admission is on a first come first serve basis (615-383-1461).