The High 48’s Coming to The Paradise Center For The Arts
Kristen Twitchell, Executive Director for the Paradise Center for the Arts announced on Monday, that they are proud to present the award-winning bluegrass band, The High 48s. The show is this Friday, March 23 at 7:30pm in the Bahl Family Auditorium
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Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond tradition.
In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a band of songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the “festival favorites.”
The band takes its name from railroad slang for the boxcars originally used to transport troops on the front lines in WWI that could carry 40 soldiers or 8 horses and were later used in the US on fast-moving “hot shot” freight trains by train-hoppers looking for work during the Great Depression.
The High 48s includes a talented cast of musicians and vocalists: Mike Hedding, mandolin, and vocals; Eric Christopher, fiddle, and vocals; Rich Casey, bass and vocals, , Anthony Ihrig, banjo and vocals; and their newest member, three-time MN State Flatpicking guitar champion, Clint Birtzer. Clint joined the High 48s in 2017. He is a founding member of the Sawtooth Brothers, a successful progressive bluegrass band that played at the Paradise last Fall. Birtzer's work on the No Grass Limit project “Originals” earned him national attention when the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) named him the Midwest Guitar Performer of the Year for 2015. He was also nominated for the national award that same year.
In 2017, the band released their eighth studio album, Daddy Was a Bank Robber. This recording is their most personal — and present tense — release to date, with original music by the 48s and a handful of covers that represent a musical snapshot of the band’s very eclectic record collections, including songs by alt-rock great Robbie Fulks (“Goodbye Virginia”), bluegrass maverick John Hartford (“Long Hot Summer Days”), blues singer/guitarist Little Milton (“Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson”) and the Clash (“Bankrobber”).
The High 48s appeal to music lovers of all kinds. The band draws its sound from a variety of music genres including country, classic rock, blues, Americana, and of course, traditional bluegrass. The show is this Friday, March 23 at 7:30 pm at the Paradise Center for the Arts. To purchase tickets go to www.paradisecenterforthearts.org, call 507-332-7372 or visit the Paradise box office at 321 Central Avenue North in downtown Faribault.