The Cody Sisters with Jackson Earles
Rogers Hall, 4th and High Street, Lyons CO
8pm concert, doors 7 pm
Ragged Union is based in Boulder CO, and has been touring nationally and internationally since the winter of 2014. Their sound is built around the singing and songwriting duo of husband-and-wife, Geoff and Christina Union, and comes to life in the electrifying hands of some of Colorado’s (and the country’s) finest bluegrass musicians. The band features 2016 Walnut Valley National Mandolin Champion, Jordan Ramsey; former Spring Creek/Blue Canyon Boys banjo wizard, Chris Elliott, and Rocky Grass Academy veteran Justin Hoffenberg on the fiddle. These three pickers, Ramsey, Elliot and Hoffenberg, are well-loved by our High Street Concerts audience, and it will be exciting to see them together with the Unions. Together they form a dynamic and cohesive unit that puts on memorable and exciting shows for dancers, listeners, traditionalists and progressives alike.
Like many bands these days, there’s something borrowed and something new about Ragged Union’s approach to bluegrass music. There are recognizable melodic and (country) lyric themes alongside non-traditional ones; breakneck grassy duet numbers, and slower ‘country-funk’ tunes; traditional arrangements alongside composed ideas and the occasional ‘jam’ section. Throughout all of it, the bluegrass quality of the sound shines through with world-class instrumentalists deeply versed in the genre, a powerful rhythmic drive, and close-harmony singing.
Ragged Union’s travels have taken them to festivals, concerts and clubs on both sides of the Atlantic, including a three-week tour of England and Scotland in October 2016. Plans are in the works or a return trip to the UK in August of 2017. The group also frequents the Pacific Northwest and the West Coast. The band released their debut CD, ‘Hard Row to Hoe’, in 2015, and is currently at work on a follow up album, expected to be ready for release by the summer of 2017.
Opening our show in a nod to the future of bluegrass is a trio which is sure to delight and inspire! The Cody Sisters with Jackson Earles are true Colorado treasures. Coming from a family of musicians, the Cody Sisters bring us back to simpler days, when families cherished time spent together. Joined with young fiddler/mandolinist/singer Jackson Earles, the Cody Sisters’ music warms the soul with its powerful vocals and burning instrumentation that is usually only heard from aged musicians. Come enjoy their after-dinner-on-the-porch-style family music end reconnect to simpler times.
Tickets are available on-line only - HERE