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by Hit & Run Bluegrass

Hit & Run tastefully interprets standard bluegrass and traditional tunes with their youthful energy, while skillfully crafting original tunes in a contemporary groove.
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1. Any Day Woman
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2. Flying in the Wind
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3. I've Kissed You My Last Time
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4. Wind Moans Under the Door
3:38 $0.99
5. Home Is Where I'll Ever Be
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6. Hardwood Floor
3:32 $0.99
7. Got the Keys to the Kingdom
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8. Lockdown for Your Love
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9. Single Girl
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10. Why Does This Old Town Look Better Now
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11. Close the Bar
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12. Highway of Regret
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Album Notes
Bluegrass is surely a people's music. Folks who have never crossed paths are suddenly brought together by a shared passion for music with roots as old as the hills. Such is the story of Hit & Run Bluegrass, Colorado's newest offering to the bluegrass and acoustic music scene. The band formed in early 2002 with a common vision of authentic-yet-modern bluegrass. Only a few months later, the group of stellar pickers won the 2002 Rockygrass Band Competition in Lyons, CO. Less than a year after that, Hit & Run took first place at the 2003 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest, making them the first and only band to win both contests. According to Denver's Westword newspaper, "Something's got to be up when one bluegrass band suddenly surpasses all the others. Here in Colorado, that band is Hit & Run."

"Hit & Run is far and away the most exciting up-and-coming bluegrass act in Colorado right now," shares Eric Pirritt, Colorado talent buyer for Boulder's Fox Theatre. "They have been able to harness a style of bluegrass that has both young kids and older folks lining up in the streets for their show, each and every time they play." Hit & Run's appeal may be their youthful energy combined with their contemporary sound, inspired by the hardcore grooves of Alison Krauss & Union Station, Blue Highway, and the Tony Rice Unit, among other favorites. Hit & Run tastefully interprets standard bluegrass and traditional tunes, and they skillfully craft original tunes; their music is "handspun yet motor-driven, a well-oiled machine of sound produced by men and women with flying fingers and high, lonesome voices." (Westword)

You may have met these young pickers around campfires in Colorado. Todd Livingston, known for ripping, lonesome, blues solos, has been turning heads as the 2001 Rockygrass Dobro Champion; his apprenticeship with Grammy-winner Sally Van Meter is evident by his tasteful arrangements and backup. John Frazier's mandolin virtuosity has garnered him recognition as one of Colorado's premier mandolinists. He was the visionary of the popular Tall Trees Grove in Boulder for three years, where he gained a following for his singing and songwriting; his "classic" sounding original songs are an integral part of Hit & Run's repertoire. Banjo champion Aaron Youngberg brings a loyal Fort Collins fan base to the band along with his hard-drivin' orginal tunes. 21-year-old Erin Coats grew up playing the bass since age nine with her banjo-pickin' dad in Wyoming. Her powerful bluegrass voice has been known to blow off a roof or two. Rebecca Hoggan has received national attention in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, Bluegrass Unlimited, and Bluegrass Now for her flatpicking guitar and vocal accomplishments, which are exhibited on her debut solo release, "Born in East Virginia." Rebecca has also been recognized for her mandolin work with Boulder's All Night Honky Tonk All Stars. Both John and Rebecca have recently collaborated with Richard Greene, formerly the fiddle player for Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys. Alongside Gene Libbea, the quartet played a number of Greene's 2003 Colorado concerts.

Two-time Grammy winner Gene Libbea joined the band as bass-player/singer from January to June 2003, while Erin Coats took a leave of absence. His 13-year tenure with the Nashville Bluegrass Band, as well as his 30-plus years of experience as a professional musician, brought priceless ideas and input to Hit & Run Bluegrass during that time. Gene produced the band's four-song studio demo, released in the spring of 2003, and has been Hit & Run's coach and mentor since 2002. Says Libbea: "This band has immense talent. They are destined to go far."

Hit & Run was invited to record their debut album, "Beauty Fades," at Doobie Shea Studios in Boones Mill, Virgnia. Tim Austin, founder of the Lonesome River Band and Doobie Shea Records, produced and engineered the project in January, 2004. A March 17 release date is expected.

"It is easy to see why Hit & Run is moving up so quickly-their music is powerful and their professionalism is amazing for such a young band," comments George Gertz, producer of the Sunlight Bluegrass Festival. Since 2002 Hit & Run has been invited to share the bill with Hot Rize, Jerry Douglas Band, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Sam Bush Band, Open Road, Jim Hurst Band, Dale Ann Bradley, Yonder Mountain String Band, among other first class acoustic acts. In 2004, Hit & Run will have played at every major bluegrass festival in Colorado, and graced many of the state's beautiful theaters. With a full schedule lined up for the 2003 & 2004 festival seasons, including Rockygrass and Telluride, this hard drivin' bluegrass band plans to share as much energy and enthusiasm as possible in the years to come.



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Joe Ross

One of the most solidly engaging and dynamic co-ed bluegrass bands on the scene
Playig Time - 41:08 -- Hit & Run Bluegrass’ second CD, “Without Maps or Charts,” is a welcome continuation of the enchanting repertoire of this Colorado-based band formed in 2001. Solidly one of the most engaging and dynamic co-ed bluegrass bands on the scene, they’ve already won the band contests at Rockygrass, Telluride and the SPBGMA International Band Championship in Nashville. Their hard travelling, touring, and marketing of this project make them a cut above the rest of the many indie bluegrass artists trying to make a bigger name for themselves. I surprised that this band hasn’t landed a record label contract yet…or perhaps they have and are just depending on theor own moxie to succeed. Kenny & Amanda Smith helped with the production of their second release which was priamrily recorded in Charlotte, NC. Their signature sound is “authentic-yet-modern” bluegrass. Compared to ther debut, I must admit to slightly missing guest fiddler Aubrey Haynie in the mix of their second project.

Each of the band’s musicians bring some impressive skills to the cohesive unit. Guitarist Rebecca Hoggan is originally from Virgina and has expert command of flatpicking and singing. Covering an old favorite of hers from Bonnie Raitt in the 1970s, she sings theopener “Any Day Woman” written by Paul Seibel. Hoggan composed and sings “Why Does This Old Town Look Better Now,” and she sings lead on two other songs that come from Lisa Aschmann & Ellen Britton, and Danny Shafer. Todd Livingston is the 2001 Rockygrass Dobro Champion. John Frazier’s mandolin and fiddle playing, as well as singing, are very proficient, and he contributes the well-penned original songs “Home is Where I’ll Ever Be” and “Lockdown for your Love.” He also wrote additional lyrics for and sings lead on the traditional “Flying in the Wind” (frm Hobart Smith’s “Cuckoo’s Song” on an Alan Lomax recording). Aaron Youngberg is a banjo champion who hails from Fort Collins, Co. Such as on “Flying in the Wind,” his rolls are crisp, clean, syncopated exactly when necessary. Erin Coats, from Wyoming, is only in her early 20s, but she’s been playing bass since age nine. The stalwart vocalist sings lead on four numbers, including a barn-burning rendition of Ralph Stanley’s “Highway of Regret” to close the album and show their support and respect for the first generation of bluegrass (something they always do in every show). Only banjo and fiddle accompany the duo of Erin and Rebecca on the traditional “Single Girl.”

Among the most promising young bands in the nation today, Hit & Run Bluegrass has clearly emerged as a major force in the market as they introduce a younger demographic to their large body of original music. At the same time, they’ve managed an enchanting magnetic sound that also thrills long-standing bluegrass fans who simply know and enjoy good bluegrass. Th band members are focused on their goals, and they maintain a heavy touring schedule in support of their self-released ablums. Their greatest may be yet to come. I was happy to see lyrics included in the CD jacket. Without the need for maps or charts, Hit & Run’s compass is taking them to great success. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

robert baugher

Without Maps Or Charts
I heard the single I've Kissed You My Last Time and was very impressed, so i bought the album in which Hardwood Floor has become one of my favorites. its like listening to alison krauss with more vocal depth, which in my opinion is a good thing. I have already ordered Beauty Fades, which in and of itself is impressive as I am not a bluegrass music fan. I am however a Hit & Run Bluegrass fan

Dave Bastian

Fantastic new release!
I would not have thought it possible for Hit and Run to craft an album even better than their last but here Hit and Run goes and does just that. A perfect mix of songs and a must have album for fans of traditional and contemporary bluegrass. I was very pleased to find Erin Coats take vocal lead on four songs here as she possesses one of my favorite voices in music. This is indeed a must own CD!