Matt Haslett and All The Pretty Horses Double Billed at the Sherbino Theater
Coming to us with a reputation that speaks of national flatpicking champion titles won and being a member of the famed Emmitt-Nershi Band is what brought guitarist Tyler Grant to a place in music where he could start doing his own thing. So he did what any aspiring young musician in the Front Range would do – he started his own band.
The result is an assembled team of eclectic artists that includes former Leftover Salmon drummer Chris Misner, funky phenom Adrian Engfer on bass, and Sean Foley holding it down on keys duty. The foursome took their clean slate and drove it right into the heart of a diverse assortment of roots music when recording their self-titled debut. The resulting eleven tracks are an odd procession through modern Americana, twangy bluegrass and smooth lounge rock.
In the live setting, the band draws on the tutelage they received from touring with members of the String Cheese Incident and the Drew Emmitt Band to form a tight, jam-out driven approach to playing. Last September the guys blazed through two relentless sets in the packed room of The Moon for people that had never even heard the band before.
“It could not have been better. After playing the Moon, Opera House and Bluegrass Festival so many times in years past with Drew Emmitt and Bill Nershi, it was gratifying to see the Telluride locals support our new band on our first trip to town,” frontman Tyler Grant says about the experience.
Now with more six months of time on the road to build their original and cover catalog, and hone their skills even sharper, expect Grant Farm to take it up a notch. “We are always trying to bring in new music and interesting covers. Gotta keep it interesting, eh? Expect some nice little nuggets this Saturday, and we are also recording a new album of original music this Spring with a release planned for the Summer,” Grant explains.
Speaking to the future of the band, Grant continues, saying, “We are making a big push this year with lots of touring across the country, some more killer festival appearances, the new album, video releases, and everything else we can think of to spread the Cris-Co to all the fine folks of our great nation! We are looking into some international possibilities as well.” My advice for this one is to grab tickets early and show up ready.
Grant Farm, Sat., Mar. 2, Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, Telluride, 10 p.m., flymetothemoonsaloon.com
Matt Haslett and All the Pretty Horses in Ridgway
Matt Haslett’s obvious love for song and recognizable work ethic towards past and present classical training make for a very listenable take on modern folk and acoustic country rock. Sometimes adding percussive bounce and eerie strings to his acoustic-guitar charged songwriting, Haslett can tell stories just as well as he can sing them. From mandatory toe- tapping during the illusory track “The Canyon” to two-stepping along with a lively showing of “Angel, ” the tracks off his January release Amuse incite any kind of kinetic movement one might want in a music hall setting. Catch him headlining at the Sherbino Theater on Saturday before traveling out of state to Maine’s WERU radio station for a special in-studio performance.
Haslett will have support from an outfit claiming a mix of fellow Carbondale and Glenwood Springs’ local musicians. Truly a democratic act in both sound and approach, All the Pretty Horses contrives a rare and risky tone that taps a jazzy rhythm section to back twangy vocals, two pure rock guitars, a bluegrass mandolin and soulful lap steel. There is a lot happening on paper, but as a band ATPH is united behind songstress Olivia Pevec’s high reaching melodies and pleasant lyricism. Space is given to each player when needed, and the thematic overtones of the structure breathe and exhale Colorado’s truest sonic forms. Although formed to examine the ins and outs of Bob Dylan’s catalog, the band quickly dug deeper into their influences and came out on the other end with an introspective discovery of its own creative ability. Making sure to let fans know they can recreate that magic in the live setting, the group released their debut as a captured performance recorded at the famous Steve’s Guitars, in Carbondale. The gamble has paid off with gigs at Carbondale’s Mountain Fair, Glenwood Springs’ Summer Series, the Fruita Fall Festival and now at the Sherbino Theater. Also noteworthy is the nod from the likes of Tab Benoit, Elephant Revival and Hellbound Glory, all of whom they have shared stages with.
Matt Haslett with All the Pretty Horses, Sat., Mar. 2, The Sherbino Theater, Ridgway, 8 p.m., $7, sherbinotheater.com