About the Band

Since forming in northeast Minneapolis in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude.

They’re a band with one foot in tradition and the other in the world of music today, and one of the very few who can find an overlooked bluegrass classic in a song by M. Ward or the Clash then throw down hard on a standard by Bill Monroe.

The High 48s are also a band of songwriters. Here, too, they take a modern approach, heeding the well-worn advice to writers: write what you know. Their songs ring true to their lives as northern city-folk rather than an imagined “sweet, sunny south” of coal mines and dark hollers.

Teaching & Workshops

In addition to keeping up a busy performing schedule, the High 48s are passionate about music education and are in demand as instructors. The band teaches one-on-one lessons, group workshops and jam camps around the country, including Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-time Music Association’s Grass Seeds Academy, an annual bluegrass jam camp for kids.

The band have also been regular instructors at the International Music Camp, MN Bluegrass & Old-time Music Festival Jam Camp, Blue Ox Music Festival, Brian Wicklund’s Fiddle Pals Camp, Bluegrass in the Schools Programs and more.

What is a High 48?

The band takes its name from railroad slang for the boxcars originally used to transport troops on the front lines in WWI that could carry 40 soldiers or 8 horses, and were later used in the US on fast-moving “hot shot” freight trains by train-hoppers looking for work during the Great Depression. Learn more about High 48s.

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