8th Annual High Peaks Music Festival
Saturday, September 9, 2017


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• THE STRANGE HEARTS

SAVAGE HEARTS BAND is twin fiddles and twin female vocals with an explosive mix of Bluegrass, Western Swing and Honky Tonk. The band features Annie Savage (violin and vocals) along with songwriter/educator Kevin Slick (guitar and mandolin), Kit Simon (dobro and guitar), Nancy Steinberger (fiddle and vocals) and Keith Summers (bass).

Hailing from Lafayette, Colorado, they specialize in a high-energy fiery Route 66-flavored honky tonk and bluegrass sound described by many as being all their own. It’s a kind of “retro fabulous grassy blend of Hank, Patsy, and Johnny with a powerful hit of Sriracha-inspired, Latin-flavored instrumentation, and peppered with engaging stage banter and surprising dance-ability.”

The Savage Hearts band members have recorded, performed and produced more than 30 albums. Released in 2016, the bands debut album “Playing It Forward” was received with great acclaim, taking the #1 slot on the International Folk DJ charts and remained in the Top 5 of the Roots Music Report for the bluegrass genre for 3 consecutive months.

www.TheSavageHearts.com

   
• DAKOTA BLONDE - Host Band

DAKOTA BLONDE is one of the most unique acoustic sounds around. Mary Huckins, Don Pinnella and Tony Raddell have played and sung their way into countless hearts & souls around the globe. Their combination of original tunes and carefully selected covers, along with their endearing stage presence and humor is out of this world!  Their musical sound is hard to classify, but best put, they are part folk, part bluegrass, part acoustic rock, part singer/songwriter, and Celtic. A unique blend of heart, authenticity and contagious spirit, their acoustic sound is like no other. Their tightly blended harmonies will have you believing they were born to sing together. Dakota Blonde has received top honors for their song writing, CD projects and performances across the country and internationally.  Ernie Martinez, multi-instrumentalist, and singer/songwriter/producer joins them every year to make it an extra special performance.

The three band members met while working as music therapists at Fort Logan Mental Health Center in Denver, CO. Their authentic camaraderie is evident and their audiences tend to feel better after a dose of Dakota Blonde.

Dakota Blonde has played and sung their way into countless hearts & souls around the world. Their combination of original tunes and carefully selected covers, along with their endearing stage presence and humor is out of this world! Their musical sound is hard to classify, but best put, they are part folk, part bluegrass, part acoustic rock, part singer/songwriter, and Celtic. A unique blend of heart, authenticity and contagious spirit, their acoustic sound is like no other. Their tightly blended harmonies will have you believing they were born to sing together. Dakota Blonde has received top honors for their song writing, CD projects and performances across the country and internationally. www.DakotaBlonde.com

   
• SMYTHE AND TAYLOR - Host Band

TC Smythe and Gary Taylor are known for their tight, symbiotic harmonies, their humorous lyrics and ‘3-D’ brand of guitar playing and have eight CD’s between them. Their craft of songwriting includes a blend of bluegrass, blues, folk, Celtic, pop and Americana music. Performing together for seventeen years, they have completed eight world tours iNcluding appearances at the Guildford Music Festival in England seven years running. As one reviewer put it, “Lots of humor, lots of fun, but some really poignant and insightful songs as well.”

Multi award winners, they are the Houston Songwriter’s Association’s Lyric Contest Winners, Songwriter of the Year Winners, Lifetime Achievement Award Winners and Folk Champion Winners. In 2009, they won the Vocal Duo of the Year My Texan Award and in 2013 they won the Popular Cover of the Year, Texas Music Award.

Joining Gary and TC is Kathy Taylor on standup bass and Drew Horton on mandolin. Drew is a 1st Place Mandolin Championship Winner, Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield KA.

www.SmytheAndTaylor.com

   
• THE WINSTONS

THE WINSTONS are Andy & Cheryl Winston, a folk pop duo that performs catchy original songs with tight vocal harmonies. They've toured nationally and were New Folk Finalists at the prestigious 2003 Kerrville Folk Festival. They have appeared on the nationally syndicated radio shows Mountain Stage, WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour and River City Folk. They've also performed at various festivals including the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and at the Founder’s Title Folk and Bluegrass Festival in Utah. "Infectious melodies, insightful lyrics, and aurally arresting arrangements." Vintage Guitar

 
• HARRY TUFF

HARRY TUFT grew up singing and playing the piano, clarinet, ukulele, baritone and a six-string guitar. His album Across the Blue Mountain with Dick Weissman, Jay Ungar and Artie Traum is a classic.

After a short stint as a musician, Harry opened Denver’s Folklore Center in 1962 and it quickly became the gathering place for local and passin’ thru folk musicians such as Pete Seeger, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Doc Watson and the Reverend Gary Davis. Jim Morrison and Frank Zappa, legend bluesmen Muddy Waters and Sonny Terry, bluegrass legends Bill Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs and folk-pop stars like the Mamas and Papas all stopped in when in town. It was not uncommon at the time to walk in on one or another jam session. This was the start of today’s Denver’s Swallow Hill Music Association.

In 2012 Harry was inducted in Colorado’s Music Hall of Fame and in 2016 Harry sold his beloved Folklore Center to two long time folk music supporters and friends to follow his original dream of writing, performing and hosting folk music workshops.

www.HarryTuft.com

 
• THE STRANGEBYRDS

Cari Minor and Ray Smith became the Strangebyrds in 2011, defining their sound as “blue collar folk” to describe their music. They started touring in earnest in 2012 and have performed throughout Colorado, Texas, the Mid-West and the East Coast since them. Their performances have ranged from small local venues & house concerts to large concert halls & festivals. For Strangebyrds, it has never been about the destination, it has always been about the musical journey Cari and Ray have each received song writing recognition multiple times. Ray wrote, performed and recorded the original music score for the documentary film Muscle Shoals (Magnolia Pictures). Their latest and third album, Devils & Desires was written just a few months after the loss of Cari’s father and is a beautiful expression of life, learning and wondering.

www.StrangeByrds.com