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," says Bluegrass Today. "Cutting edge," says Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon. "Best in Colorado Bluegrass," says the Westword Showcase Readers Poll for four consecutive years. At the core of these descriptions is a forward-thinking group of mostly-acoustic musicians drawing on the eclectic influences. The result is a sound based in bluegrass that reaches into indie rock, jazz, hip-hop, world and folk.
Head for the Hills, made up of Adam Kinghorn (guitar, vocals), Joe Lessard (violin, vocals), Matt Loewen (upright bass, vocals) and Sam Parks (mandolin), has been bringing its music to audiences from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival to South by Southwest and a multitude of stages in between since 2004.
The band has independently issued one live and three studio records; been featured on NPR's Ideastream, eTown; played festivals including High Sierra Music Festival and RockyGrass; co-released a beer with Odell Brewing Company; and charted on the CMJ Top 200 twice (for 2013's "Blue Ruin" and 2010's self-titled album.) "Blue Ruin" is their current release and features original songs inspired by love and misery and comic books, with subjects ranging from meta-fictional sea shanties to pop-infused newgrass murder ballads.