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Head for the Hills 8/25/13 + Video

Head for the Hills 8/25/13
Written by Kevin Edwards
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  • Date Recorded: August 25, 2013
  • Artist / Band: Head for the Hills
  • Hosting Show: The Other One
  • Sound: Drew Freiberger
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg and Melissa James

Head for the Hills may show up under the bluegrass genre but their sound is a diverse conglomeration that takes in jazz, newgrass and indie rock as well.

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The Colorado quartet's new release "Blue Ruin" came out in July and they treated us to three songs from the album in this session. None of the band's albums stick strictly to the bluegrass genre but the songs in this session seem even more varied and sundry.

"Never Does" sounds like a cover of something from the Black Prairie catalog, with its driving bass line, percussive guitar and Gypsy violin. The duo of pluck and bow on the breaks are nice and tricky and really add to the complexity of the song.

"Breakfast Noir" could have been lifted from a 1930s Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli album but is an original composition. The combination of swinging jazz guitar and violin is hot with the guitar taking turns being percussive, chording along behind the scene and then bounding out for a solo of its own.

"Light the Way" is as close to bluegrass as this session gets and even it borders on something else with its newgrass tempo, country lyrics and depression era jazz influences.

This is a band that seems to enjoy living well outside the pigeonhole of any genre and that is a very good thing.

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