A Farewell to Chad

A Farewell to Chad  - 11/28 at the Aster Cafe

We have some BIG news to share with you today. Our bandmate and our brother in music, Chad Johnson, has made the decision to leave The High 48s to pursue some exciting new creative endeavors.

As a founding member of the band and our mandolin player, vocalist and “Chief Financial Officer,” Chad’s contributions to our success over the past 8 years are beyond count. While we will all miss his picking, singing and, of course, his “award-winning bluegrass smile,” we are very supportive and excited for him as he begins the next chapter of his creative life.

Mike Hedding Joins the High 48sWhile Chad’s boots are not easily filled, we are thrilled to announce that Mike Hedding will be joining The High 48s as our new mandolin player, beginning with our Holiday House Concert Series which launches next week. Mike is a talented multi-instrumentalist who has worked with many great bluegrass and acoustic bands in the region over the last decade including: No Grass Limit, Hey Lonesome, Sans Souci Quartet, Pocahontas County, and The Katey Bellville Band. A student of mandolin master Mike Compton, Mike’s modern take on classic Monroe-style mandolin playing will be an exciting addition to our sound. Mike will also be singing and bringing his original tunes to the band and we can’t wait for you to hear our new lineup in 2015!

In the meantime, we would like to invite you to help us celebrate Chad’s final public performance with The High 48s at a very special show at the Aster Cafe in Minneapolis next Friday, November 28th (Black Friday). It will be a historic night for the band and we would love for you to be a part of it:

The High 48s: A Farewell to Chad
Friday, November 28th  
9:00PM / $10
Aster Cafe 
125 SE Main Street (St. Anthony Main)
Minneapolis, MN
http://www.astercafe.com/

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the Aster at:  612-379-3138

Fair-well to the Fair!

20140831_102735The 48s just finished up another two-day run at the Minnesota State Fair. Thanks to everyone who came out to our shows at the Schilling Amphitheater and the square dance (with ace dance caller Julie Young) at the Carousel Park stage.

The end of the State Fair signals the official end of the summer season here in Minnesota, and  that’s just a little bittersweet for us. But we’re also very excited about our busy upcoming fall and winter schedule. We’ll have a lot going on as the days get shorter and the shadows grow long!

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