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Head For The Hills’ New Music Video Debuted on Relix.com
WATCH “Take Me Back”→ http://bit.ly/14ZMEns

Colorado quartet, Head for the Hills’ first official music video featuring their song “Take Me Back” from their studio new album Blue Ruin has been debuted on Relix.com. Written in the great tradition of sunny sounding bluegrass songs with morose lyrics, “Take Me Back” is about being born at the wrong time. Breakneck fiddle work plays counterpoint to a probing look at loss of innocence and longing for days past in this modern bluegrass tour de force.

“Effortlessly matches integrity against innovation.”
–CMT Edge, Brian T. Atkinson

“Blue Ruin starts with the song ‘Take Me Back’… real, smooth catchy… bluegrass-most just.”
–The Horn

“‘Take Me Back’… an easygoing, rambling ballad steeped in traditional bluegrass.”
–Westword

“The opening cut, ‘Take Me Back,’ is reminiscent of an early Country Gazette-style offering, particularly with respect to the rhythm style and vocal arrangement.”
–Prescription Bluegrass

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Head for the Hills. Photo by Marc Leverette.

Head for the Hills has a simple but continuing dilemma they can’t seem to resolve. Specialists have been hired to no avail and the predicament persists: how does one describe the multifarious music of Head for the Hills? Among the top contenders are catchy turns of phrase like post-bluegrass, progressive string music, modern acoustic noir, and bluegrass bricolage. “On top of modern string music,” (Bluegrass Today), “Cutting edge,” (Drew Emmitt) or “Best in Colorado Bluegrass” (Westword Showcase Readers Poll).

Strip away the artful descriptors and you have a forward thinking group of {mostly} acoustic musicians drawing on eclectic influences, tastes and styles. They didn’t grow up immersed in bluegrass music but came to it later in life, with each other. The result is a sound based in bluegrass that reaches into indie rock, jazz, hip hop, world and folk to stitch together fresh songs that bridge the divide between past and future acoustic music. Think Meta-fictional sea shanties. Pop-infused newgrass murder ballads and urbane lyricism. Twang and punch. Blue Ruin finds Head for the Hills inspired by love and misery and comic books.

Summer tour highlights for Head for the Hills have included performances at RockyGrass, Northwest String Summit, the band’s debut in Alaska for Salmonstock Music Festival. They also hosted a ‘Blue Ruin’ album release block party in the streets of Denver, CO with Breckenridge Brewery.

H4TH also collaborated on a custom craft beer with Odell Brewing Company (Ft. Collins, CO) named ‘Head for the Hills – Colorado Amber Ale’ and also was voted “Best in Bluegrass” for the fourth consecutive year by the Denver Westword Magazine via a reader’s based poll.

Head for the Hills is Adam Kinghorn on Guitar and vocals, Joe Lessard on violin and vocals, Matt Loewen on upright bass and vocals and Mike Chappell on acoustic and electric mandolins.

Kind Words about Blue Ruin:

“Sheer exuberance” –The Bluegrass Situation, Lee Zimmerman

“The guys put a fresh spin on string music… Highly recommended.” —  Daily News, Pittsburgh, Jeffrey Sisk

“Head for the Hills uses misdirection like a veteran magician on Blue Ruin… a surreal, heady and innovative fusion of styles.” –Westword

Stay tuned for more about the new release on the band’s website and social networks. www.headforthehillsmusic.com. For the most up-to-date list of tour dates, click here.

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Head For The Hills Release Blue Ruin Today, Featured in CMT Edge

Blue Ruin Cover Art No Text“Effortlessly matches integrity against innovation.” –Brian T Atkinson, CMT Edge

“On top of modern string music”
–John Lawless, Bluegrass Today

“This is not your grandpa’s string music” –Mark Raborn, Prescription Bluegrass

“Head for the Hills uses misdirection like a veteran magician on Blue Ruin… a surreal, heady and innovative fusion of styles.”
–A.H. Goldstein, Westword

“Head for the Hills is bluegrass filtered through the sounds of jazz, indie rock, hip hop, world music and folk”
–Danny McClosky, The Alternate Root

“Fine new recording.” — Mandolin Cafe

“Their best work yet” –Brian F Johnson, Marquee

WATCH “Never Does,” “Blue Ruin” & “Take Me Back” on Second Story Garage.

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Blue Ruin is Now Available:
iTunes → http://bit.ly/1aVRLfe & Amazon http://amzn.to/11z3NIk


H4TH-Press_highres_Marc_LeveretteHead for the Hills is pleased to announce their third studio album, Blue Ruin, releases July 9th, 2013. Blue Ruin sees the Colorado quartet fusing bluegrass, jazz, hip-hop and indie rock into songs inspired by love and misery and comic books. Think Meta-fictional sea shanties, pop-infused newgrass murder ballads and urbane lyricism, twang and punch. Featuring twelve new original songs marked by moving narratives and stellar musicianship, Blue Ruin showcases the quartet’s contemporary take on acoustic music; embracing the bluegrass pedigree while looking forward.

Head for the Hills is Adam Kinghorn on Guitar and vocals, Joe Lessard on violin and vocals, Matt Loewen on upright bass and vocals and Mike Chappell on acoustic and electric mandolins.

Recorded and mixed in Fort Collins, Colorado at Swingfingers Studios with ace engineer and banjoist Aaron Youngberg (Martha Scanlan, Cahalen Morrison and Eli West), Blue Ruin features contributions from Andy Hall (The Infamous Stringdusters), James Thomas, Gabe Mervine (The Motet), and more. Renowned screen print artist Timothy Doyle (Muse, The Black Keys, Lucas Films, NASA) created the stunning cover art and Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer David Glasser rounds out the production team. This is Head for the Hills at their most artistically fulfilled: self-produced and in top form. Blue Ruin is more than just a “bluegrass” record—it’s a Head for the Hills record.

Stay tuned for more about the new release on the band’s website and social networks. www.headforthehillsmusic.com. For the most up-to-date list of tour dates, including the band’s Album Release Show in Denver, CO at Breckenridge Brewery’s 23rd Anniversary Celebration on July 13th, click here.

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Head for the Hills Set to Release ‘Blue Ruin’ on July 9th
Specialized pre-order packages are available now at: www.headforthehillsmusic.com/blueruin

 Blue Ruin Cover Art No Text“On top of modern string music,” –-Bluegrass Today

“Best in Colorado Bluegrass” —Westword Showcase Readers Poll

“Cutting edge. Listeners will fully enjoy this unique sound,” —Drew Emmitt, Leftover Salmon

“Head for the Hills possesses that secret ingredient,” —Ryan Dembinsky, Glide Magazine’s Hidden Track

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Head for the Hills is pleased to announce their third studio album, Blue Ruin, slated for release on July 9th, 2013. Blue Ruin, sees the Colorado quartet fusing bluegrass, jazz, hip-hop and indie rock into songs inspired by love and misery and comic books. Think Meta-fictional sea shanties, pop-infused newgrass murder ballads and urbane lyricism, twang and punch. Featuring twelve new original songs marked by moving narratives and stellar musicianship, Blue Ruin showcases the quartet’s contemporary take on acoustic music; embracing the bluegrass pedigree while looking forward.

Head for the Hills with Keith Berson PhotographyHead for the Hills is Adam Kinghorn on Guitar and vocals, Joe Lessard on violin and vocals, Matt Loewen on upright bass and vocals and Mike Chappell on acoustic and electric mandolins. The quartet has been bringing their music to audiences from Telluride Bluegrass Festival to South by Southwest and a multitude of stages in between since 2004. The band has issued two studio records and one live, have been featured on NPR Ideastream and eTown, co-released a beer with Fort Collins, CO beloved Odell Brewing Company in May 2013 and charted on the CMJ Top 200 (Head for the Hills, 2010).

Recorded and mixed in Fort Collins, Colorado at Swingfingers Studios with ace engineer and banjoist Aaron Youngberg (Martha Scanlan, Cahalen Morrison and Eli West), Blue Ruin features contributions from Andy Hall (The Infamous Stringdusters), James Thomas, Gabe Mervine (The Motet), and more. Renowned screen print artist Timothy Doyle (Muse, The Black Keys, Lucas Films, NASA) created the stunning cover art and Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer David Glasser rounds out the production team. This is Head for the Hills at their most artistically fulfilled: self-produced and in top form. Blue Ruin is more than just a “bluegrass” record—it’s a Head for the Hills record.

Blue Ruin Track Listing
1. Take Me Back
2. Never Does
3. Blue Ruin
4. Priscilla the Chinchilla
5. Look at You Now
6. Wish You Well
7. Lover’s Scorn
8. Dependency Co.
9. Bosun Ridley
10. Breakfast Noir
11. Scrap Metal
12. Light the Way

For a sneak peak of the album, watch this fun Blue Ruin Preview Video

H4TH Tour Dates
This year they have opened for Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon at a variety of venues and hosted their own sold out music festival – Pickin’ on the Poudre at the historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre (Bellvue, CO). The summer brings them to RockyGrass, Northwest String Summit, 4 Peaks Music Festival, Salmonstock and more.

For the most up-to-date list of tour dates click here.

Stay tuned for more about the new release on the band’s website and social networks. www.headforthehillsmusic.com

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