MBOTMA Fest!

We’re halfway through our week at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival. We just finished teaching jam camp and wanted to say thanks again to all the jam campers. It was so much fun working with you. You did us so proud at the student recital last night!

[Update: Check out the pictures!]

And if you’re on the fence about going to the MBOTMA fest this weekend, listen to Marv Menzel from Homestead Pickin’ Parlor on this segment of MPR’s Art Hounds (he also gives the 48s a nice, big shout-out — thanks, Marv!):

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2010/08/art-hounds-comic-book-art-and-bluegrass-music.shtml?refid=0″>http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2010/08/art-hounds-comic-book-art-and-bluegrass-music.shtml?refid=0

Really, you should go.

What’s New with The High 48s?

Welcome to the all-new online home of The High 48s Bluegrass Band. We got a good four years out of our last website, but it’s time for a fresh new look to go with all the other new stuff that’s been in the works around here.

And what new stuff might that be, you ask?

For starters, we’ve just released two new CDs within the last few months.

The first one, Up North, came out in March and features a slew of original material from The High 48s as well as a few well-chosen bluegrass classics. We also got a couple of our bluegrass heroes, Grammy winners Mike Compton on mandolin and Randy Kohrs on dobro, to contribute some smokin’ instrumental work. We’re awfully proud of this one!

We also just put our first all-gospel CD. As we’ve been touring around the bluegrass festival circuit these last few years, so many people have come up to the merchandise table after our shows and asking, “Which one is the gospel album?” A few months ago we decided to respond to popular demand already and record an album that we are calling — you guessed it — The Gospel Album!

We’ve posted some sample tracks from both Up North and The Gospel Album on our website (look to your right!). Give it a listen — hope you enjoy it!

And mark your calendars for our CD release concert at the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis on October 2nd. Tickets are on sale here.

We’ve got a super busy festival season this year — check out our calendar page, there’s a chance we’ll be playing somewhere near you this summer or fall. Hope to see you soon!