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Old-time strings cure the sick

Wren Wertin
High on the Hog is dedicated to old-timey American music and having a heck of a stage show.

Members of the quartet share a love for old-timey American music.

High on the Hog formed rather spontaneously in early July, 2001 as the result of the coming together of four dedicated musicians with a mutual love and respect for old time American music. Playing under the moniker High on the Hog, they’ll be visiting the Half Moon Saloon in West Vail tonight at 10.

They’re a string band, and fiddle tunes from the pre-bluegrass ’40s set their blood a-pumpin’. They’re influences by the work of Uncle Dave Macon, Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers, the Grinnel Giggers, Frank Blevins and his North Carolina Tarheel Rattlers and more.

After busking their way through summer in Boulder, they decided they were ready for a stage. They had some definite ideas on how the live show should play out, and incorporated “dancing, goofing, whooping, hollering and the occasional under-the-leg-fiddling” giving them a medicine show appeal.

The group has shared the stage with the likes of Tony Furtado, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger and Keller Williams. Tonight they’ll simply be sharing it with themselves: Curt Alsobrook (banjo, guitar and vocals), Angie Hansleben (guitar, spoons and vocals), Ryan Spearman (fiddle, banjo, mandolin and vocals) and Dan Rose (upright bass and vocals). They’re currently working on their first studio release. In the meantime, they’re still hootin’ and hollerin’.

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at wrenw@vaildaily.com or phone at 949-0555 ext. 618.

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