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A hoedown for hippies

KEYSTONE – If ever there were a hoedown for hippies, Transcendental Hayride would be the barn-breakin’ band.

Transcendental Hayride hails from the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco, which adds a dose of psychedelic rock to its country funk and rock ‘n’ roll.

Though the five-piece band falls into the jam band category – often stretching a song for 10-20 minutes – it’s heavy on lyrics, as opposed to funk- or jazz-influenced improv.

“We’re going back to the days of the Grateful Dead or the Allman Brothers, where three-minute pop songs were stretched out,” said manager Jamie Fougner.

“It’s centered around songs and something real, something meaningful.”

While the band grounds its songs in traditional rock ‘n’ roll, it brings in elements of experimental electronica and bluegrass arrangements.

But what makes the music stand out is guitarist Dano Kildsig’s tongue-in-cheek lyrics that approach issues most people get wrapped up in, like relationships.

And its live shows are flat-out, revved up rock ‘n’ roll.

“(We’re) on a mission to rekindle the ferocity and sonic dimensions of a bygone era of music,” the band wrote on its Web site.

The fast and raw sounds start tonight at the Snake River Saloon in Keystone and continue Thursday night.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.

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