Bearfish hosts acoustic SnowBall after party in West Vail |

Bearfish hosts acoustic SnowBall after party in West Vail

Special to the DailyAndrew McConathy and longtime friends Derek Shields and Ted Wells comprise The Drunken Hearts, joined Friday evening by Bridget Law, of Elephant Revival, and other special guests for an acoustic SnowBall after party at Bearfish in West Vail.-

Providing the acoustic alternative to the late-night, post-SnowBall scene, The Drunken Hearts are set to host foot-stomping good time at Bearfish in West Vail Friday night. The band also will perform from 1 to 1:40 p.m. today at SnowBall on the Ballroom stage.

Joined by Bridget Law (fiddle player for Elephant Revival), Vail native Andrew McConathy (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Derek Shields (upright bass) and Ted Wells (drums, percussion) are taking the party deep into the night with new material from their soon-to-be-released album.

Produced by Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone, the new record, “Live for Today,” is loaded with special guests and, with drums and electric guitar, embraces a wide range of rocking instrumentation while staying true to the musicians’ folk roots.

“The title track is about not wasting any time, and our time here is brief and we need to appreciate every moment and not take anything for granted,” McConathy said. “We’ve got songs that I would compare to a Railroad Earth feeling; we’ve got a straight country vibe, amazing piano and banjo solos and amazing fiddle solos from Carbone. The whole thing has a really colorful feel. It’s in your face, make you dance.”

Infusing keys, fiddle and banjo into their live performances, The Drunken Hearts’ honest brand of alternative mountain music resonates with folks around the West in a strong way. The show at Bearfish will begin after SnowBall at approximately 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

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