Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Tucson five piece Run Boy Run blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and turn of the century details. The band announced their upcoming album Something To Someone for an October 28 release date on Sky Island Records and shared the first single and album opener Under the Boughs with Performer Magazine (also on Soundcloud here). The album was recorded at historic Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, Washington with producers Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Johnny Flynn) and Jerry Streeter (Brandi Carlile, Elephant Revival) whose attention to detail shines in Run Boy Run’s multi-voiced and multi-stringed arrangements.
The band is brother and sister Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals), sisters Bekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle, vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals) and bass player Jesse Allen. With three strong female voices, singing separately or in harmony and deeply rooted familial connection to traditional American music, Run Boy Run didn’t come lately to their sound; it’s in their collective blood.
The unique sound of the band is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South, continuing a sense of innovation in traditional American music put forth by other bands such as Nickel Creek, Crooked Still and Trampled By Turtles. Run Boy Run continues this journey into music that is dynamic, orchestral and overflowing with beauty. Three strong female voices weave a spectacular tapestry of sound and award-winning fiddle cuts a path for a tightly formed rhythmic front. Every arrangement is – at it’s core – captivating.
From winning the band contest at Pickin’ In The Pines (mere weeks after forming in 2009) and a special appearance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2012 to two appearances on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion (host Garrison Keillor was also impressed enough that he penned the liner notes to the band’s debut album), they were tagged by Paste Magazine as “One of the top 10 Arizona bands to hear now.” They’ve been making fans across the US with their open-ended musical approach and dynamic stage presence and will take that live show back across the country coast to coast this fall and winter.
Something To Someone is available for pre-order here.