Run Boy Run has completed their new album So Sang The Whipporwill. For those of you who don't know them, Run Boy Run is an Arizona band that won the 2011 Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the 2010 Pick'en in the Pines Folk Festival in Flagstaff Arizona. They have subsequently played as a paid band in Telluride and recently appeared with Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion on January 19th at Gammage Auditorium in Tempe and this weekend at the Fitzgerald Auditorium in St. Paul.
Run Boy Run was formed in the summer of 2009, Run Boy Run has emerged as “a prevalent force in the desert music scene.” After winning the coveted Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest in 2011 and have performed throughout the Southwest. The band has built a catalog of traditional, original, and familiar material. They are, Matt Rolland-Fiddle, Grace Rolland-Cello, vocals, Rebekah Sandoval-Fiddle, vocals, Jennifer Sandoval-Mandolin, Vocals, Jesse Allen-Bass. Their tunes range from old time fiddle, to Appalachian a cappella, to traditional songs with a contemporary "twist" as well as original material.
The unique sound of Run Boy Run is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South. Bands like Nickel Creek and Crooked Still have paved the way for the music of Run Boy Run: dynamic, orchestral, and overflowing with beauty. Run Boy Run exists in the tension between tradition and frontier. Three strong female voices weave a spectacular tapestry of sound. Award-winning fiddle cuts a path for a tightly formed rhythmic front. Every arrangement is—at it’s core—beautiful.
Brother and sister, Matt (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals), have fiddle music running through their blood. Raised with bow and rosin on every bedside table, Run Boy Run was a natural fit. Sisters, Bekah (fiddle, vocals, guitar) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals), grew up deeply ingrained in the Bluegrass festivals of Arizona, so they too found a home in Run Boy Run. Jesse Allen (bass) was brought up on opera and western swing, and grew to love the natural fusion inherent in American music. The whole truly exceeds the sum of the parts as touches of classical, jazz, and folk express themselves through the old-time core of Run Boy Run’s unique sound.
For some sound bytes go to http://www.runboyrunband.com/#music and click on the "band camp" link for more audio samples and purchases. You can also go to A Prairie Home Companion website to hear them in a live performance http://prairiehome.publicradio.org Run Boy Run is now taking orders on So Sang The whppoorwill on their website.