LONELY PINES CONCERTS
The 2014 Lonely Pines Concert Series continues in March with two shows with a wonderful singer and guitar flatpicket Rebecca Frazier and her band Hit & Run. They will be coming to Minnesota and will give concerts in Maple Lake on Friday March 21st and in Stillwater on Sunday March 23rd. In between those two shows they will be spending their Saturday March 22nd at MBOTMA's Cabin Fever Festival in Duluth.
Thank you to our many business sponsors who have helped to make these concerts possible last year, including Bernatello's PIzza in Maple Lake, Andy's Auto Service and Annandale Inn & Suites in Annandale, Ryan Auto Mall and Morrie's Buffalo Ford in Buffalo, Trinity Select, Lake Elmo Bank, Lakeland Heating & Air, Gruber Pallets, and Benchmark Cabinets in Lake Elmo, Northern Vineyards Winery, MusicMaker's Kits, and Neighbor Stop in Stillwater, Guitar Center in Oakdale, plus Brockman Trucking in Afton.
Hit & Run
Friday March 21, 2014 8:00 PM
Maple Lake MN
Bethlehem United Church (400 Cty Rd 37)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 3:00 PM
Stillwater Eagles Club (13523 60th St N)
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Nashville-based Hit & Run, fronted by Rebecca and John Frazier, has performed on the stages of Telluride Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival, Smilefest, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Rockygrass Bluegrass Festival, Blue Ridge Harvest Fest, Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, and many other renowned venues across North America. Since 2002, Hit & Run has been sharing stages with the likes of Jimmy Martin, J.D. Crowe, Hot Rize, Rhonda Vincent, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, and many other recognized musicians in bluegrass music. Yet the band has also been invited to perform alongside popular acts like Creedence Clearwater Revisited, G. Love & Special Sauce, Galactic, and Medeski Martin & Wood. These sorts of achievements don’t come easily for any band, and they certainly didn’t come easily for Hit & Run; yet somehow, this young group of hard-working musicians have carved their own vision and shared these successes.
Hit & Run formed in Colorado in late 2001 with the mutual desire to play “authentic yet modern” bluegrass. 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. 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 went on to take first place at the 2005 SPBGMA International Band Championships in Nashville—making them the only band ever to win the top triumvirate of major national band contests.
“Hit & Run is far and away the most exciting bluegrass act in Colorado right now,” shared 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 polished vocals, hot picking, and their contemporary sound. 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.” (Denver Westword).
Rebecca Frazier (née Hoggan) holds the honor of being the first-ever woman on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine (September 2006). She received the IBMA "Recorded Event of the Year" Award in 2009; she’s a featured performer on Curb Records’ 2012 release, The Last Ride, the soundtrack for the 20th Century Fox movie. Rebecca has been featured in numerous national publications, such as Bluegrass Today, Bluegrass Now, and Bluegrass Unlimited, for her guitar and vocal accomplishments. John Frazier’s musicianship has garnered him recognition as one of the nation's premier mandolinists, and he has toured with Steven Martin, John Cowan Band, and Jim Lauderdale, among others. His original songs are an integral part of Hit & Run’s repertoire.
Georgia native and banjo ace Kyle Tuttle brings his rock-solid, groove-oriented timing to the band, by way of Berklee College of Music in Boston. His resume features Peter Rowan and Victor Wooten, and he’s been a finalist at both Walnut Valley and Merlefest Banjo Championships. Singing and playing bass is Berklee College of Music graduate Nick DiSebastian. Fiddle virtuoso Shad Cobb helped create the When We Fall sound in the studio and this summer on stages across the U.S. Shad has toured with the John Cowan Band, among others, and has recorded with bluegrass legends/Grand Ole Opry members the Osborne Brothers, Marty Rabon with his band Shenandoah, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, and musician/comedian Mike Snyder.
Two-time Grammy winner Gene Libbea joined the band as bass-player/singer from January to June 2003. His 13-year tenure with the Nashville Bluegrass Band, as well as his 30-plus years as a professional musician, brought priceless ideas and input to Hit & Run during that time. 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, Virginia. Tim Austin, founder of the Lonesome River Band and Doobie Shea Records, produced and engineered the project in January 2004. Their 2005 sophomore release, “Without Maps or Charts,” co-produced by Kenny Smith, was a nationwide success; "I've Kissed You My Last Time," a track from that record, was the most requested song on Sirius Bluegrass in summer 2007.
Rebecca and John collaborated in 2012 to write and record songs for When We Fall, released May 28, 2013 by Compass Records. Recorded and co-produced by Brent Truitt (Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton), When We Fall features several flatpicking guitar “manifestos” from Rebecca’s compositional repertoire, as well as original ballads, folky Americana, and bluegrass songs following a Neil Young cover and the traditional “Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow” from Hit & Run’s stage repertoire. Says Tim Timberlake of JAMinc/In Your Ear Public Radio in Virginia, “Rebecca’s vocal and instrumental prowess are striking. And the closing track in loving tribute to her angel gone home is achingly poignant.”
Since 2001, Hit & Run has gained the respect of promoters, fans, musicians, and media across the country with their “indefinable vibrancy that distinguishes the great from the good” (Colorado Daily). Now touring as Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run in support of When We Fall, the band carries forward Hit & Run’s arrangement efforts while bringing Rebecca’s compositional and writing skills to the forefront for the first time. Bryan Sutton confirms that When We Fall is “an incredibly strong record…great songs combining smart and inventive guitar playing with deep, emotional bluegrass singing.”
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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.