Voted “Best Local Band in Nashville” by The Tennessean and “an Americana sensation” by WSM 650, 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 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 since then. Their original music layers rich instrumentals arrangements with lilting four-part harmonies. 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 a special project for the band, as it presents songs written by respected songwriter 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. The album has already received several accolades including No Surf Music Magazine’s award for Best Song of 2012, for “Truck Stop Mama,” and came in second for Best Album of 2012.
Before the release of this album, Harpeth Rising’s touring was largely focused on promoting its second album: “Dead Man’s Hand.
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.
For more information on the band, visit www.HarpethRising. com. Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults and $8 for students.
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