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Meadow Mountain is the exciting, young band breaking into the national Bluegrass scene this year. Returning to the East Coast they will compete as finalists in the prestigious Freshgrass Band contest, and officially showcase at their first International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) conference. Their momentum belies their humble beginnings learning their first Bluegrass tunes just five years ago to busk at the local farmers market in the mountains of Colorado.
With a foundation of discipline and hard work, the members of Meadow Mountain set out at their formation to learn the traditional stylings of Bluegrass, which can be heard throughout their first record. They honed their skills over roughly 80 sets of music in one month aboard a cruise ship, and hosting Denver's premier Bluegrass pick around a classic single mic. In 2017, they won the prestigious Rockygrass band contest, which caught the ear of Infamous Stringduster Chris Pandolfi who produced their debut record, which was released in 2018 on Tape Time Records with regional and national press attention.
In 2018 widely acclaimed banjo player Sam Armstrong-Zickefoose joined Meadow Mountain. His progressive banjo stylings aligned with the band's vision to produce music that pushed against genre barriers, and they quickly took off writing new songs. Fans who see the band in 2019 will hear a Meadow Mountain that is progressing rapidly. The songs slated for their sophomore album feature driving groove and soaring instrumental work, and range in subject matter from early morning mountain climbing to progressive social and political ideals.
To make it easy, when asked what kind of music they play, Meadow Mountain will answer, "Bluegrass", but they are quick to add that it comes from Colorado, with love.