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Copper offers mountain setting for YarmonyGrass

Leslie BrefeldSummit County Correspondent

Today 4 to 5 p.m. Elephant Revival 5:05 to 5:25 p.m. Kevin Watson 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Head for the Hills 7 to 8 p.m. Boris Garcia 8:30 to 10 p.m. Strings for Industry with Michael KangRevival Tent 10 to 11:15 p.m. Greensky Bluegrass 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. CornmealSaturday 1 to 2 p.m. Keith Moseley & Friends 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Kyle Hollingsworth 3:30 to 4 p.m. Bruce Hayes 4 to 5:30 p.m. Emmitt-Nershi Band 6 to 7:30 p.m. Railroad Earth 8 to 10 p.m. Keller Williams with Moseley, Droll & SipeRevival Tent 10 to 11:15 a.m. EOTO with Michael Kang 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rebel Alliance JamSunday 1 to 2:30 p.m. Peter Rowan and Friends 3 to 4:30 p.m. Hot Buttered Rum 4:30 to 5 p.m. Big Water 5 to 6:30 p.m. Honkytonk Homeslice Electric 6:30 to 7 p.m. Jessica Kilroy (2008 NWSS Band Contest Winner) 7 to 8:30 p.m. Railroad Earth 9 to 10 p.m. Railroad Earth with YarmonyGrass Joint Set

COPPER MOUNTAIN YarmonyGrass, taking place today through Sunday at Copper Mountain, is a music festival in its third year its first at Copper Mountain.According to the festivals Web site, YarmonyGrass explores the lineage of jamgrass and fosters its development for future generations of music lovers; and is a tribute to the influence and legacy of groundbreaking Colorado bands who have created their own brands of music via rootsy song-writing, cross-genre exploration and world-class musicianship.The festival has connected with The Conscious Alliance in hosting a food drive to benefit The Summit Foundation. All patrons that donate 10 non-perishable food items will receive a free limited edition YarmonyGrass poster created by rock artist, Robert Marx. The Conscious Alliance always encourages food donations to be low-sodium health food oriented products.Donations of Ramen Noodles will not be accepted in exchange for the poster. Tickets to the festival are $40 for today only; $60 for Saturday only; $60 for Sunday only; and $140 for a three-day pass. Get them at or call 888-464-2626. Revival Tent tickets are $15 for today and $25 for Saturday and only available online.

If you go …What: YarmonyGrassWho: Hot Buttered Rum will play the Yarmony Grass music festival at CopperMountain on Sunday at 6 p.m.If we had our way, wed be playing outside all the time, Redner said. The band formed in the Sierra Nevada mountains and continues to be influenced by the mountains, in terms of our love of nature and the environment.COPPER MOUNTAIN Hot Buttered Rum now calls its music progressive Americana, and according to fiddle player Aaron Redner, its a fitting description for the band, which wants to play the Democratic National Convention and sings about global warming and government spending.I strongly believe our music is an effective and proper soundtrack for the progressive and environmental movement the green movement, Redner said.Rising gas pricesCalifornia-based Hot Buttered Rum has been using biodiesel in its tour bus since the beginning and is currently working to make sure it comes from responsible sources. Redner explained that biodiesel has come under controversy due to some manufacturers shipping practices. It can also have an affect on the worlds food supply. As they travel, the band is compiling a list of responsible sources of biodiesel on their Web site, Redner said.He noted that rising gas prices have affected the fans ability to make it to a show, as well as a bands ability to play it.I used to follow the Grateful Dead. I couldnt imagine doing it now ticket prices are so expensive, and gas, he said.However, he noted, high fuel prices are not all a band must contend with these days.Its a strange time in music for recording … The way the music business is set up, touring is necessary at shows you sell the most merchandise, Redner said. Touring has now doubled in price, and people almost assume that records are free now … Its hard to make any financial profit for a CD, but you need them for calling cards and snapshots of where the band went… I think in 10 years we will look back and say, Wow, that was a difficult time for bands.Covering groundRedner, a member of the band for the last six years, said his own personal goal with music is to bridge the gap between classical music fans and Americana music fans.A part of our appeal is that fans of different musical stylings can find a good groove at a Hot Buttered Rum show because we cover so much ground, he said.The different band members backgrounds and styles contribute to the diversity. Redner himself is a classically trained violinist. He said his training helped him physically to improvise with the instrument.Fiddle language is such its own language, it takes a while to acquire, he said. Redner said he played with some great fiddlers and different styles to increase his knowledge.In a show, Redner said Hot Buttered Rum might jump from a swing jazz tune to an old-time fiddle tune to straight-ahead rock.The group includes Bryan Horne on vocals and bass; Erik Yates on vocals, banjo, flute, accordion, clarinet and tin whistle; Zac Matthews on vocals, mandolin and fiddle; Nat Keefe on vocals and guitar; and Redner on vocals, violin and mandolin.Their most recent recordings, The Olive Sessions, is a mini-album of four songs. Theyre also planning to record another album by the end of the year.

COPPER MOUNTAIN An old farmhouse in the New Jersey countryside served as the recording studio for Railroad Earths latest album, Amen Corner. The bluegrass band, playing on Saturday and Sunday of Copper Mountains YarmonyGrass festival this weekend, wanted to use the studio as part of the writing process. In a traditional recording setting, Railroad Earth violinist Tim Carbone said their minds were always on the clock.In a recording studio you dont want to waste your time … The idea was to use the studio as part of the process, Carbone said.The drums were set up in the dining room, the bass player was in the kitchen, a drawing room was sectioned off for the mandolin and violin, with the banjo in the upstairs bedroom and lead singer Todd Shaeffer in one of the bedrooms.Shaeffer formerly lived in the house, which the band rented at the time of the recording.Along with Shaeffer and Carbone, the band also includes John Skehan on mandolin and vocals; Andy Goessling on guitar, banjo, dobro, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, saxophone and vocals; Carey Harmon on drums, handpercussions and vocals; and Johnny Grubb on upright bass.Railroad Earth formed in New Jersey eight years ago.New Jersey is not commonly thought of as a bedrock of bluegrass, Carbone said. Yet noted, Some of the early versions of newgrass came out of New Jersey and New York.He said the members of the band werent listening to a lot of bluegrass at the time they formed, but that the genre was a fit for what they were creating.We sort of went to the bluegrass thing because it seemed to be at the time, a common language between all of us, Carbone said.

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