Acclaimed bluegrass pickers HORSESHOES & HAND GRENADES have announced a wide array of summer festival appearances and their own shows, including their first-ever performance at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. The Wisconsin-based quintet released their fourth album, The Ode, earlier this year on the Infamous Stringdusters’ Tape Time Records.
Cowboys & Indians just debuted the first video from The Ode, a live performance clip of the album’s title track from their album release party; watch it now here.
The band is on tour well into the fall (tour dates below) and are excited to play Red Rocks on August 4 alongside the Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band and The Earl of Leicester. “Doing Red Rocks with a bunch of our dear friends is bound to be something special,” the band’s Adam Gruel says. “I remember saying that our first pilgrimage to Red Rocks should be for our first show there. Years later, it’s happening, and I can’t wait to see and feel what kind of mystical musical magic gets swirling in that space.”
The Ode is quintessential HORSESHOES & HAND GRENADES music from the group: David C. Lynch (harmonica, accordion, spoons, vocals), Collin Mettelka (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Russell Pedersen (banjo, fiddle, vocals), Adam Greuel (guitar, dobro, vocals) and Samual Odin (bass). Equal parts good-time bluegrass and country lament, the record captures the band at their studio best. After seven years, three albums, innumerable sold out shows, and countless beers, the bluegrass mavericks appropriately consider themselves a “family” on a wild, wonderful, and often whacky roller coaster and the bond between the five gentlemen is what fuels their creativity and chemistry on stage and in the studio.
Produced by Trampled By Turtles frontman Dave Simonett, The Ode–recorded at Pachyderm Studio in Minnesota, where Nirvana recorded In Utero—marks a point of growth for HORSESHOES & HAND GRENADES. Gruel shares, “We’ve got the bluegrass burner type tunes we’re known for on there, but we’re experimenting with other elements. Little pieces of everybody are encapsulated in this record. For the first time, we were really conscious of allowing our respective musical curiosities into the fold. Sam drops in a jazz and classical feel. Dave brings that Zydeco, Cajun, and old school blues vibe. Collin turns up with this kinda pop folk energy, and Russell gives us the old-timey banjo feel. For me, I’m trying to play out my singer-songwriter curiosities. There are five songwriters in the band, and we’ve gotten better at harnessing our individual creativity and bringing it to the collective.”
Catch HORSESHOES & HAND GRENADES out on the road this summer:
Fri 5/25 — Chillicothe, IL — SummerCamp Music Fest
Sun 5/27 — Cumberland, MD — 11th Annual DelFest
Thu-Fri 5/31-6/1 — Bean Blossom, IN — John Hartford Memorial Fest
Sat 6/2 — Paso Robles, CA — Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Sun 6/3 — Saint Helena, CA — Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
Thu-Fri 6/14-15 — Eau Claire, WI — Blue Ox Music Fest
Sat 6/30 — Bond, CO — Beanstalk Music & Mountain Festival
Fri 7/4 — Vail, CO — Vail Bluegrass
Sat 7/14 — Livingston, MT — Sundown Kick Around
Thu 7/19 — North Plains, OR — Northwest String Summit
Sat 7/21 — Oak Hill Landing, NY — Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
Sat 7/28 — Floyd, VA — FloydFest
Fri 8/3 — Boulder, CO — The Fox Theatre
Sat 8/4 — Morrison, CO — Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sat 9/15 — Deadwood, SD — Deadwood Jam
Sat 9/29 — Nelson, VA — Devil’s Backbone Hoopla Festival