Becky & The 48s

BECKY & THE 48s

OLD FRIENDS, NEW PROJECT

The High 48s team-up with acclaimed Minnesota singer and songwriter Becky Schlegel, combining their high-energy modern bluegrass sound with Schlegel’s soulful singing and her sophisticated take on three-chords-and-the-truth country songwriting.

Although this is the first time they’ve performed together as a band, they’ve been collaborating for years.  

“We were Becky fans long before we started the band, but it took us a few years to work up the courage to ask if she had any songs for us,” said the 48s’ fiddler and mandolinist, Eric Christopher.  

And as it turned out, she did have some songs. Lots of them.

The 48s recorded Becky Schlegel’s “Baltimore and Ohio,” which she penned with Nashville songwriter Craig Market, for their 2014 release Great Northern Railroad, and “Christmas Every Day” for 2016’s Holidays with the High 48s.  

But each time they picked a song for the record, there were many more gems left on the cutting room floor — not enough room on the album.

According to Christopher, “That was our first inkling that there might be more to this collaboration than borrowing a song every couple of years.” 

So, in the summer of 2023, Becky and 48s will release “Laramie,” their first collaborative single. 

“Laramie,” a Becky Schlegel original, tells a story of lost love set against the windswept plains of eastern Wyoming. It features Becky on guitar and lead vocals and the multi-talented Kenny Wilson on pedal steel guitar.


About The High 48s

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 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.

About Becky Schlegel

Becky Schlegel is an award-winning songwriter who combines classic country, contemporary folk and bluegrass influences to craft a modern Americana sound that is uniquely her own.

After a stint as a Nashville songwriter, collaborating with legends the likes of Harley Allen, Becky Schlegel returned to home to the Midwest. Since then she’s been a regular on RFD-TV’s “Midwest Country” and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, earning a loyal following among fans of both modern bluegrass and classic country.

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