Although Planet Bluegrass's trilogy of festivals - Telluride, Rocky Mountain Folk Fest, and RockyGrass - had to be cancelled this summer, they recently announced a Summer Solstice Livestream event that will take place this weekend.
The livestream event is in place of the annual Telluride Bluegrass festival that would have celebrated its 47th year this weekend. Colorado's own Bowregard will be performing Saturday, June 20, from 5:30 to 6:15, and the band will be performing alongside Yonder Mountain String Band, Sam Bush, and Bonnie Paine. The performance will be streamed from the main stage at the RockyGrass festival grounds in Lyons
Bowregard just released their first single "Fallen Angels" last week in anticipation for their debut full-length album release Arrows - due out July 1st. The string-quintet won the 2019 Telluride Bluegrass Band Contest and the 2018 Ullrgrass Bluegrass Band Contest within a year of forming and performed 4 unique sets at WinterWonderGrass 2020 (alongside artists such as Greensky Bluegrass, Margo Price, and Billy Strings), picked alongside Sam Bush, and would have had a full summer of bluegrass music festival appearances and more before COVID-19 took the world by storm this year.
American Songwriter premieres Colorado bluegrass quintet Bowregard’s first single “Fallen Angels”. The string-forward, fast-paced, tune boasts hard-driving rhythms and smart solos fooling the listener into thinking the band has been playing together for many years. Bowregard's music seamlessly blends old-time traditions, bluegrass picking and progressive new-acoustic rhythms into a singular, unforgettable sound. The premiere lands in anticipation of the Boulder, CO group’s debut full-length release Arrows - out on July 1, 2020. Visit American Songwriter to read about it HERE, or listen to “Fallen Angels” - on all digital platforms HERE
Fallen Angels is about lead singer and vocalist Max Kabat's personal experience of watching love slip through his hands. The chorus laments “my heart says fight, but I can’t find strength tonight” as themes of self-reflection, honesty, and accountability roll through the song and Kabat sings of how “I walked away too soon.” "It can be very haunting to feel like you walked away from the person you were meant to be with, and I wanted to convey that feeling in this song” Kabat tells American Songwriter. “It was a very uncertain time in my life, when I took great comfort in writing and playing music. At the time it was written, I was still hopeful to win her back."
Bowregard has been shaking up the Colorado bluegrass scene, winning both the 2019 Telluride Bluegrass Band Contest and the 2018 Ullrgrass Bluegrass Band Contest within a year of forming. Before the pandemic took the world by surprise, the band had kicked off their year with performances alongside artists such as Greensky Bluegrass, Margo Price, Billy Strings and Sam Bush, and had confirmed a full schedule of festivals appearances such as Telluride Bluegrass Festival (Colorado), Durango Meltdown (Colorado), Palisade Bluegrass Festival (Colorado), Northwest String Summit (Oregon), Pagosa Bluegrass Festival (Colorado), Suwannee Folk Festival (Florida), and many others this summer.
Arrows was recorded at eTown studios in Boulder, CO with producer Nick Forster (of eTown and Hot Rize fame) and engineer James Tuttle, and funded through Bowregard’s successful Kickstarter campaign. In a mere four days, fans contributed more than $20,000 to fund the album, meeting the band’s entire goal for their full-length debut album in under a week. Stay tuned for the release of the highly-anticipated collection of music July 1st.
“Fallen Angels” is currently available through all digital streaming platforms. Listen to it HERE.