Hit & Run crashes into Summit
BRECKENRIDGE – What happens when a mountain-originated sound gets the chance to meet the mountains again? The question will be answered when Boulder-based band Hit & Run brings its bluegrass to Sherpa & Yeti’s Saturday night. It’s the first time the band will pass through Breckenridge after a two-year absence from Summit County. Hit & Run lead singer Rebecca Hoggan explained the genre as a variety of rhythms.
“Bluegrass is based on at least four of these instruments: banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, dobro and fiddle,” Hoggan explained.Hit & Run accomplishes this rule without a problem. With Hoggan on lead and harmony vocals and guitar, Aaron Youngberg and Larry Gangi playing the banjo, Erin Coats on bass and lead and harmony vocals, John Frazier on mandolin and lead and harmony vocals and dobro-players Todd Livingston and David Richey, the band presents five of the required instruments. Gangi and Richey moved from Montana and Tennessee, respectively, to Colorado in order to join the band as full-time players. After the Breckenridge concert, the band may get another musician – the bass player Steve Roy, who is a special guest for the show.
“It’s the first time playing with him,” Hoggan said. “He’s a close friend of the new guys and he’s interested in joining the band, so we’ll see how we get along.”The band has been promoting its new album “Maps and Charts” since July 2005. According to the lead singer, the recording has diverse material – ranging from traditional to original songs. “It’s a really professional record. We had great producers and we are more of a band now that we’ve been playing together for four years,” she said. In the last four years, the band has conquered first place in several bluegrass contests. Titles at the 2002 Rockygrass Band Contest in Lyons, the 2003 Telluride Band Contest and 2005 SPBGMA International Band Championship in Nashville, Tenn., compose their shelf of prizes.
“When you win as the best out of 20 bands, it’s such a huge accomplishment. It feels so good to put so much work on something and be rewarded,” she said.Hoggan said events such as festivals and competitions are a good way of promoting the band. “Everybody loves to pick which band should win. They all have their favorites and their opinions about the bands, so it’s like the Oscars,” she said. The band’s albums have been released independently. Hoggan said their next goal is to get a record label’s notice.
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