It's officially Spring time in the mountains! The birds are singing a sweet melody as the purple wildflowers begin to blossom. We had such a wonderful time on our short trip out west. We met so many wonderful people out in Colorado and all along the way and can't wait for our next trip to the Rocky Mountains in July!
For now, we are hard at work preparing for a busy Spring full of exciting shows and fun festivals! Speaking of Colorado, we are very proud to announce that on Sunday April 24th, we will be performing with Trout Steak Revival at the Asheville Music Hall. Trout Steak is an awesome band out of Colorado and the winners of the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition. We had a chance to see them at the Boulder Theater while we were out there and they sounded great!
Here's a link to the event:
Next, we will make our way up to Wilkesboro, North Carolina for one of the most exciting bluegrass festivals in the country, Merlefest!! Merlefest was started by one of bluegrass music's most influential musicians, Doc Watson, in memory of his son Merle. We are honored and thrilled to be a part of this lineup. We will be competing in an invite only band competition with an opportunity to perform on the main stage Saturday night! Come check us out on the Plaza Stage Saturday, April 30th!!
A couple months ago, I woke up like any normal day, grabbed my phone and checked my e-mails. A message from a familiar name appeared in my inbox and I assumed it was merely coincidence. Sure enough, I opened it up to find an e-mail from none other than Travis Book, the bass player and vocalist for the Infamous Stringdusters! The Stringdusters are one of Fireside's favorite bands, and we consider them to be one of our biggest influences. You could imagine we were a little excited. Travis asked us to be a part of an awesome event he is hosting throughout the southeast called "Bluegrass, Bikes, and Beer." Travis will kick the night off, then Fireside will play a set. After that, we will play a set with Travis, and then we'll close the night out with one more set. The event is raising money for local trails and we couldn't be more excited to share the stage with Travis at Oskar Blues on Friday, May 13th!!!!
In addition to these awesome performances, we will be touring through the Carolinas where we'll visit some of our favorite towns! Here's a list of some of our upcoming shows:
March 31st - Jack of the Wood in Asheville, NC @ 7 pm
April 3rd - Sierra Nevada in Mills River, NC @ 2 pm
April 7th - Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head, SC @ 5 pm
April 8th - Home Team BBQ in Sullivan's Island, SC @ 10 pm
April 9th - The Dinghy in Isle of Palms, SC @ 7pm
April 15th - Catawba Valley Brewing in Morganton, NC @ 7 pm
April 16th - Cuegrass in Raleigh, NC @ 3 pm
April 19th - Raleigh Times in Raleigh, NC @ 8 pm
April 20th - Foothills in Winston-Salem, NC @ 8 pm
April 21st - Tanglewood Pizza in Advance, NC @ 8 pm
April 22nd - Native Kitchen in Swannanoa, NC @ 7 pm
April 23rd - Beer, Bluegrass, BBQ in Franklin, NC @ 6 pm
April 24th - Asheville Music Hall w/ Trout Steak Revival in Asheville, NC @ 7 pm
April 26th - Cat's Cradle w/ Trout Steak Revival in Chapel Hill, NC @ 7 pm
April 30th - Merlefest in Wilkesboro, NC @ 11:30 am
May 13th - Bluegrass, Bikes, and Beer w/ Travis Book in Brevard, NC @ 5:30 pm
May 14th - Lost Province Brewing Co. in Boone, NC @ 8 pm
We can't wait to see all of our favorite people throughout the Carolinas as we travel around doing what we love. We couldn't do it without the love and support we've received so far and we thank everyone who's supported us in any way!!
-Peace, love, and bluegrass!
As winters bitter winds start to subside and the warmth of spring waits just around the corner, we begin to set our sights on another exciting year! So far, despite the chilly weather, we have been busier than ever traveling around this beautiful country and sharing our music with so many wonderful people. From our residency at Catawba Brewing Company in Asheville which brought about a plethora of new material, to our wild night in Gatlinburg TN at Sugarlands Moonshine Distillery, we are reminded time and time again of why we spend so much time and energy dedicating our lives to music. We also anxiously await a brand new video recorded in Raleigh NC and produced by the fine folks at SoFar Sounds!!
Here is a shot taken during the SoFar sessions:
Our next move finds us making our way across the country en route to the beautiful state of Colorado!! Last June, we made our first trip west. We got to travel around the stunning Rocky Mountains and compete in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival's annual Bluegrass band competition where we made it to the finals! In a few short days, we will head back out on the road towards Boulder CO before turning around and winding back East.
Here's a look at our "Boulder and Back Tour" schedule:
Friday, March 4th @ Barley's in Maryville, TN
Saturday, March 5th @ Belcourt Taps in Nashville, TN
Sunday, March 6th @ the Sutler in Nashville, TN
Monday, March 7th @ Pop's Blue Moon in St. Louis, MO
Thursday, March 10th @ Bohemian Biergarten in Boulder, CO
Friday, March 11th @ Equinox Brewing in Fort Collins, CO
Saturday, March 12th @ Fiction Beer in Denver, CO
Sunday, March 13th @ Appaloosa Grill in Denver, CO
Thursday, March 17th @ TBA in Lawrence, KS
Friday, March 18th @ Westport Saloon in Kansas City, MO
Saturday, March 19th @ Evangeline's Bistro in St. Louis, MO
We're excited to be back out on the road and we can't wait to see all our good friends in Colorado and along the way!!!
Winners of 2016 Merlefest Band Competition!!
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