Voted “Best Local Band in Nashville” by The Nashville Tennessean, the four classically trained musicians of Harpeth Rising bring an exciting and distinctively new sound to the folk genre.
With a banjo and a fiddle, you might think they’re traditional bluegrass — but think again. Cello and percussion round out the ensemble, creating a truly unique sound. Their instrumentals are coupled with intimate vocals and powerful lyrics.
The group met at the Indiana University School of Music and were united — and continue to be driven by — their eclectic musical interests. They began performing as a quartet in Nashville in 2009, playing for both Music City Roots and live in the studio of WSM the following year.
Harpeth Rising has been touring both nationally and internationally for three years with performances that include the Cambridge Folk Festival, The London Folk Festival, Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, The Frome Festival, and ROMP Music Festival. A little bit bluegrass, a little bit classical, a little bit roots and a whole lot of original, Harpeth Rising is a band to watch.
The quartet has recently begun promoting their latest album, “The End of the World,” which debuted in the Top Ten on the International Folk Charts. This is an special project for Harpeth Rising as it presents songs written by David Greenberg, father of Jordana Greenberg, the band’s violinist. Harpeth Rising has been performing songs by David Greenberg for several years to much acclaim, and fans have requested this project for some time.
Tracks from the album have received several accolades including Best Song of 2012 by the No Surf Music Review and named a Finalist for the International Acoustic Music Awards.
Harpeth Rising’s eponymous debut album appeared on numerous Best of 2010 lists. Their second album, Dead Man’s Hand,produced by multiple Grammy-winner, Bil VornDick (Alison Krauss, Bob Dylan, and Bela Fleck) has been described as “a musical force to be reckoned with” by the Bowling Green Daily News and “wholly wonderful” by FolkWords.
Harpeth Rising will be performing in Vincennes for a concert presented by the Indiana Museum on Aug. 23 at the Lincoln High School Auditorium (1545 S. Hart Street Rd.).
Indiana mandolin, dobro, harmonica, and rhythm guitar champion Tony Rothrock and his Tuesday Night Band will be opening. Tony Rothrock’s Tuesday night band includes Indiana Sen. Lindel Hume and Bob Richardson, who played on the very first country music radio show in Indiana. Proceeds will benefit the Vincennes State Historic Sites and the Lincoln High School Band. Tony Rothrock’s band will be performing at 6 p.m. and Harpeth Rising will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance at 882-7422 or $15 at the door.