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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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Chicas Malas, the most recent until today, Jar-e record, was inspired in Mexico but born in Asheville, NC, where Jar-e returned after his travels and convened an all-star group to help him realize his musical visions. In the year and a half after his first release, War Songs and the Muse (2004), Jar-e’ and his band earned a reputation in the Southeast for adventurous, genuine shows that always get a crowd on its feet.

Jar-e’s third album, Blood of the Summer was released today, November 2nd, 2010. On this new effort he trades in some of the world rhythms that have become his signature for a bigger, more oceanic sound. Produced by Danny Kadar (My Morning Jacket, Avett Brothers, Band of Horses) and recorded in Asheville at Echo Mountain Studios, the album features more open spaces, higher highs, lower lows.

Instead of the danceable multi-cultural collage he created on his previous two albums, the songs on “Blood of the Summer” are character-based narratives exploring the darker sides of the psyche with a direct, bare frankness. Delivered by Jar-e’s masterful voice, a bold tenor saturated with both hope and despair, the lyrics and stories are poetic in their clarity and universal in their stark detail.

Watch so inclined and Plot

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