The Railsplitters, The Haymarket Squares

The Railsplitters

The Haymarket Squares

Wed, March 8, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$5.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

The Railsplitters
The Railsplitters
Fresh off the success of their first album, and taking first place in Rockygrass' Best New Band Competition, Colorado natives, The Railsplitters got busy touring the US, meeting wider audiences, and of course, spending hours in the tour van! As you can imagine from five members traveling across the United States, the musical array pouring out of the van onto the open highway was wildly eclectic, crossing over genre and time. From boundary breaking trip hop and electronica groups like Gorillaz and Thievery Corporation, to more direct influences like The Infamous Stringdusters and Lake Street Dive, the musical potpourri heard in their time on the road eventually began to seep into the band's own music. With their new album, The Faster It Goes, they're using these new sounds to break the bonds of bluegrass and unleash tradition. Lauren Stovall and the rest of the 'Splitters suggest that using your roots to evolve is really at the heart of the genre, not unlike Bill Monroe, who himself was an innovator. With their finger on the pulse, The Railsplitters are pushing the genre forward with an adventurous spirit, carrying in the tradition of breaking boundaries with their innovative sound.

The Railsplitters' secret weapon is two-fold: first, the innovative imagination of banjo player Dusty Rider's songwriting, who writes with the full band in mind, imagining an entire song in his head before it's even heard it out loud. Second, the powerfully distinct vocals of Lauren Stovall whose voice is as clean as Emmylou, as cutting as Allison Krauss, and carrying some of the attitude of Dolly herself. Lauren's vocal lines fill The Railsplitters' sound with something distinct and undeniable. In addition, part of The Railsplitters' new color is brought on by the band's newest member, Joe D'Esposito, whose New England-influenced fiddling adds new directions to the band's sound. With masterfully executed mandolin and banjo by Peter Sharpe and Dusty Rider, and well supported by upright bassist Leslie Ziegler's innovative style, The Faster It Goes testifies to The Railsplitters' multipolar and collaborative songwriting, giving voice to the impressive talents of its members and a cohesive character to the sound.

From the first track, "Tilt-A-Whirl," it's clear the The Faster It Goes is exploring modern speeds: "My mind is like an old Tilt-A-Whirl, it never seems to stop, not even for this girl." With the foot-stomping drive of a reworked traditional tune like, "Salt Salt Sea," or the complex harmony and aggressive rhythms in "It's A Little Late," The Railsplitters are trying to keep up with life, the faster, and faster it goes. While these songs pack an edge and highlight the band's progression into more pop-influenced numbers, The Railsplitters know that life isn't only lived in the fast lane, taking a few moments to unwind with earthy tracks like "The Estuary," which pays tribute to their musical mountain roots, and the album's hidden track, "Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes."

Though they operate with the instrumentation of a bluegrass band, The Railsplitters are making music totally unlimited by tradition. This is music for the open road, the open dance floor, and open ears--music of the American West, made for all.

-Mindie Lind, Hearth Music
The Haymarket Squares
The Haymarket Squares
Blending acoustic instruments, fast tempos, rich harmonies and rabble-rousing lyrics, The Haymarket Squares have been bringing punkgrass to audiences since 2009. “They’re smart. They’re funny. They’re raging against the machine in four-part harmony,” says the Arizona Republic of the group’s incisive lyrics and boundless live energy.

That same range of styles and emotions characterizes The Haymarket Squares’ new album, “Light It Up,” due for release in February 2016. It’s a 12-song summation of the band’s musical influences and lyrical concerns, with tasty dollops of polka, gospel and Latin percussion mixed into the group’s signature punkgrass sound.

Having played more than 500 shows in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, the 5-piece band will support their new album with a busy regional touring schedule, highlighted by a main stage performance at Arizona’s largest music gathering, the McDowell Mountain Music Festival (headlined by Beck and the Avett Brothers). And as winners the 2015 Pickin’ in the Pines band competition, The Haymarket Squares will play that festival’s main stage in the fall of 2016.

In 2015, The Haymarket Squares were nominated as Best Local Band by the Phoenix New Times, who called them “Phoenix’s original protest band”, and “one of the most distinctly talented groups in town.” And in 2010, less than two years after their humble Craigslist beginnings, The Haymarket Squares won the year-long “Train Tracks” band competition in Phoenix, beating out 50 other local acts.

The Haymarket Squares have provided direct support for such national acts as The Meat Puppets, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Greensky Bluegrass, MarchFourth!, Young Dubliners, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Old Man Markley, The Brothers Comatose, The Dustbowl Revival and others.
Venue Information:
Last Exit Live
717 S. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85004
http://www.lastexitlive.com/