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Turbine brings high energy to Vail

Sarah Mausolf
smausolf@vaildaily.com
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily
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VAIL, Colorado ” Living in a dense New York City block, you learn a lot about your neighbors. About four years ago, French horn player Ryan Rightmire heard someone playing electric guitar in the apartment next door. He teamed up with that guitar player, Jeremy Hilliard, to form the rock band Turbine. After recording their first album, the pair added a rhythm section, including Vail native Justin Kimmel on bass and drummer Eric Johnson. The band kicked off its first big national tour last week, which includes a stop at the Sandbar Sports Grill in West Vail Saturday night. Turbine combines elements of funk and bluegrass with futuristic sounds.

Rightmire, 36, said he moved to New York to play jazz French horn, but switched over to harmonica and acoustic guitar.

“I think my line was that ‘the French horn is a civilized instrument and I’m not a civilized man,'” he said.



Breaking into the New York City music scene was no easy task for Turbine.

“There’s just so many bands and when you’re playing on a lot of bills in the city, there’s four or five bands playing that night,” Rightmire said. You don’t get a lot of time. You just run on and off, so it’s not easy. You have to keep at it.”



The band’s name refers to a type of engine. A turbine is a rotary engine that extracts energy from a fluid flow.

“It was funny, when we were driving out, our last tour, we passed a huge turbine farm with a million of those wind turbines, kind of harvesting wind energy,” Rightmire said. “We were like, ‘We should stop for a quick photo.’ It’s kind of the conversion of energy that strikes our fancy.”

Turbine put out a self-produced album last year called “Reward.” The band plans to record its third album once the national tour is over, Rightmire said. For now, the band is hitting the road in a van to spread the word about Turbine. Band members hope to convert audiences to Turbine fans.



“Certainly, just turning a lot of new people on to the music that we’re playing and just to get out there and get our first tour under our belts and come back successfully,” Rightmire said.

High Life Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2938 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.


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