TELLURIDE - The five-piece independent bluegrass band Trout Steak Revival returns to Telluride for a two-night run at the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon Thursday, Aug. 28-Friday, Aug. 29.
Members Casey Houlihan (bass), Steve Foltz (mandolin/guitar), Will Koster (dobro/guitar), Bevin Foley (fiddle) and Travis McNamara (banjo/accordion) made a name for themselves in the region this summer when they won the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band contest.
It’s been a long journey filled with benchmark moments that brought the band to this career highlight that certifies its members’ place in the Colorado bluegrass ranks. What started as a less cohesive group of buddies jamming has quickly become a band centered around heartfelt songwriting, tight vocal harmonies, lightning quick picking and a performance chemistry that only could be shared by friends on stage.
Their performance at the sold-out weekend of string music in June caught the attention of promoters and patrons alike, and now they will return as the summer closes for a pair of shows that should reinforce their place among the best new bluegrass bands in Colorado.
Tangible support for the band came in the form of an overly successful Kickstarter campaign that reached and surpassed its $18,600 goal with little trouble. Funding from fans will go towards recording their debut studio album. Revered banjo player Chris Pandolfi of the Infamous Stringdusters, another Telluride favorite, is onboard to produce the record.
The band’s trajectory towards unfettered success recently landed them an Emmy Award in the Short Web-Based Documentary category. Partnering with Rocky Mountain PBS on “Great Ingredients” saw the band providing the award winning soundtrack, adding yet another impressive notch to add to their list of accolades.
Tonight and tomorrow night’s double dose of the band comes at an attractive price tag – free. Support these guys in an intimate setting; the next time you see them will probably be on the main stage in Town Park.
Trout Steak Revival, Thu.-Fri., Aug. 28-29, Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, 10 p.m., Free