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2014  #3, Roots Music Report National Bluegrass Chart

2014 & 2005 International Bluegrass Music Association Showcase Artist

2014 Americana Music Association Showcase Artist

2009 International Bluegrass Music Association “Recorded Event of the Year” Winner

(Rebecca Frazier, Daughters of Bluegrass)

2006 First woman on cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine (Rebecca Frazier)

First Place, 2005 SPBGMA International Band Championship (Nashville, TN)

First Place, 2003 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest (Telluride, CO)

First Place, 2002 Rockygrass Band Contest (Lyons, CO)

Rebecca Frazier gained notoriety as the first woman on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and has since become known as “a genuine triple threat as singer, songwriter, and flatpicking guitarist.” (Nashville Scene) With over a decade of touring under her belt, Frazier has returned to the national stage with her flatpicking and songwriting showcase, When We Fall, and her new affiliation with Compass Records. Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run have continued to delight audiences across the country with the “handspun yet motor-driven” music that earned Hit & Run their reputation as “one of the tightest groups performing.” (Denver Westword) They are the only band to win the top triumvirate of major bluegrass band contests at the Telluride, Rockygrass, and SPBGMA Festival Band Championships.

 

Hit & Run formed in late 2001 with the mutual desire to play “authentic yet modern” bluegrass. They quickly launched as a successful touring act out of Colorado, gracing stages of prestigious festivals and venues in 36 states and Canada and eventually migrating to Nashville in 2007 with two studio albums under their belts. Since 2002, Hit & Run has shared stages with the likes of Jimmy Martin, Hot Rize, Rhonda Vincent, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, G. Love & Special Sauce, Galactic, Medeski Martin & Wood, and many other recognized acts in bluegrass and popular music.

Journalist Craig Havighurst calls Rebecca Frazier “East Nashville real deal bluegrass,” and the success of her release, When We Fall, has been authenticating this title. The album earned accolades in 2013—“Best Bluegrass Album of 2013,” according to Bluegrass Situation, #6 on Bluegrass Today’s Monthly Chart, and #3 on Roots Music Report Bluegrass Chart. Rebecca’s work has been featured in national publications, including Bluegrass Today, Engine 145, Deep Roots Magazine, Maverick, Bluegrass Now, Bluegrass Unlimited, and more.

 

Rebecca worked through a personal tragedy to write and then record deeply personal songs for When We Fall, released May 28, 2013 by Compass Records. Recorded and co-produced by Brent Truitt (Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton), the album features several flatpicking guitar “manifestos” from Rebecca’s compositional repertoire, as well as original ballads, folky Americana, and bluegrass songs following a Neil Young cover and the traditional “Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow” from Hit & Run’s stage repertoire. Says Deep Roots Magazine, “Frazier is in superb voice throughout…As much as it is a musical achievement, When We Fall persists in memory for its flesh and blood humanity.”

 

Accompanying Rebecca are a host of world-class acoustic artists: bassist Barry Bales (Alison Krauss), banjo genre-bender Scott Vestal (Sam Bush), Dobro genius Andy Hall (Infamous Stringdusters), fiddle virtuoso Shad Cobb (John Cowan), banjo innovator Ron Block (Alison Krauss), mandolinist John Frazier and, on backing vocals, her longtime Western compatriot, Shelby Means (Della Mae).

 

The result is the engaging and transparent When We Fall. Grammy Award winning musician Alison Brown hails Frazier by saying, “Rebecca Frazier is a triple threat.  She is a wonderfully engaging singer, a compelling songwriter and an accomplished guitarist to boot.  All of these talents come together to dazzling effect on When We Fall.  I’m proud of Rebecca for what she’s achieved on this album, for her tenacity in pursuing her dream, and for recording one of the best bluegrass albums of this decade.”

 

Since 2001, Hit & Run has gained the respect of promoters, fans, musicians, and media across the country with their “indefinable vibrancy that distinguishes the great from the good” (Colorado Daily). Touring as Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run in support of When We Fall, the band showcases Hit & Run’s arrangement prowess while bringing Rebecca’s compositional and writing skills to the forefront for the first time. Bryan Sutton confirms that When We Fall is “an incredibly strong record…great songs combining smart and inventive guitar playing with deep, emotional bluegrass singing.”

 

 

BAND MEMBERS

Rebecca Frazier

 

Recently signed to Compass Records for her flatpicking/songwriting solo showcase When We Fall, Rebecca came to national attention in 2006  as the first female on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. She won the 2009 IBMA Award for Recorded Event of the Year for her work on Daughters of Bluegrass Bluegrass Bouquet, and she’s featured on the Hank Williams biopic, 20th Century Fox The Last Ride movie soundtrack released by Curb Records in 2012. A founding member of Hit & Run, Rebecca has also been featured in several other Colorado and national publications. Says Tim Timberlake of JAMinc/In Your Ear Public Radio in Virginia, “Rebecca’s vocal and instrumental prowess are striking.”

Isaac Eicher, Mandolin

Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Isaac Eicher has inspired many mandolin players with his genre-bending mandolin mastery. He began his early career largely in a bluegrass context, and won the National Mandolin Championship in Winfield, KS, as a teenager in 2006. After winning Colorado state championships at Rockygrass (mandolin, guitar) he gravitated toward the sounds of gypsy jazz, bebop, and latin jazz on the acoustic mandolin incorporating modern mandolin technique. Isaac’s style draws inspiration from traditional musical language in such a way that allows the mandolin to transcend its standard settings and idiomatic restraints. In addition to studying music, Isaac received a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Oklahoma and spent a year of intensive language study in Valencia, Spain. This allowed him the opportunity travel to Europe with his mandolin playing and making musical friends in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Ireland, and Scotland. He is currently employed by Metro Nashville Public Schools as one of their fluent Spanish translators.

 

 

Mike Sumner, Banjo

Mike Sumner is an Indiana native currently living in the Nashville area.  By day he is an IT director for a Nissan company and in his spare time he pursues his passion…playing bluegrass.  He started playing banjo at a young age and is a two-time National Banjo Champion (2001 and 2007). He also won the banjo championships at Rockygrass and Merlefest. He has toured with Jim Lauderdale, Dale Ann Bradley, Randy Kohrs, Detour, and Donna Ulisse. 

Erik Alvar, Bass

Bassist Erik Alvar is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in commercial music. His resume includes touring acts such as The Roys, Aaron O’Rourke Trio, Grant Peeples, and others. He was selected for the 2013 Acoustic Music Seminar at the Savannah Music Festival where he worked with world-class musicians such as Mike Marshall, David Grisman, Jerry Douglas, Darol Anger, and Julian Lage. Stylistically he is rooted in jazz & bluegrass, but he has an affinity for other styles including Americana and old time.

Christian Ward, Fiddle

 

Virtuoso, Christian Ward, has developed his mastery of the fiddle at an early age. Hailing from Southern California, he has been touring since age 13. His resume includes Sierra Hull, the Green Cards, Chris Stuart & BackCountry, among others.

TOURING HISTORY

Alabama
Private Event ♦ Eufala
Arizona
4 Corner States Bluegrass Festival ♦ Wickenburg
Orpheum Theater ♦ Flagstaff
Future Studios ♦ Sedona
Prescott Bluegrass Festival ♦Prescott
California
High Sierra Music Festival ♦ Quincy
Summergrass San Diego Festival ♦ San Diego
Freight & Salvage ♦ Berkeley
Oaksongs Music Society Concert Series ♦ Redding
Redwood Bluegrass Assn. Concert ♦ Mountain View
Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills Bluegrass Fest ♦ Plymouth
Sweetwater Saloon/Bluegrass Gold Concert Series ♦ Mill Valley
Boulevard Music ♦ Culver City (L.A.)
Don Quixote’s Music Hall ♦ Felton
McGrath’s Pub ♦ Alameda
The Attic ♦ Santa Cruz
Last Day Saloon ♦ Santa Rosa
Colorado (select venues)
Telluride Bluegrass Festival ♦ Telluride
Rockygrass Bluegrass Festival ♦Lyons
Durango Bluegrass Meltdown ♦ Durango
Midwinter Bluegrass Festival ♦ Denver
North Fork Valley Bluegrass Festival ♦ Hotchkiss
High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival ♦ Westcliffe
Boulder Theater ♦ Boulder
Aggie Theater ♦ Fort Collins
Fox Theatre ♦ Boulder
Bluebird Theater ♦ Denver
Gothic Theater ♦ Denver
Chautauqua Auditorium ♦ Boulder
Silverthorne Pavilion Theatre ♦ Silverthorne
Swallow Hill Music Hall ♦ Denver
Abbey Theater ♦ Durango
Mishawaka Ampitheatre ♦ Fort Collins
Bluegrass On the River Festival ♦ Pueblo
Fillmore Auditorium ♦ Denver
Sunlight Bluegrass Festival ♦ Glenwood Springs
Charles Sawtelle Memorial Mtn. Jam ♦ Gold Hill
Keystone Bluegrass & Beer Festival ♦ Keystone
Swallow Hill Bluegrass Festival ♦ Denver
Sundance Bluegrass Festival ♦ Fort Collins
Sunnyside Music Festival ♦ Denver
Gunnison Performing Arts Center ♦ Gunnison
Sheridan Opera House ♦ Telluride
Fly Me to the Moon Saloon ♦ Telluride
Strings in the Mtns Music Festival ♦ Steamboat
Sylvan Dale Father’s Day Festival♦Loveland
Aspen Highlands Brew Fest ♦ Aspen
Aspen Bluegrass Sundays Series ♦ Aspen
Boulder Creek Festival ♦ Boulder
Gold Hill Inn ♦ Gold Hill
Avogadro’s Number ♦ Fort Collins
O’Dell Legacy Park w/ G. Love ♦ Fort Collins
Left Hand Grange Hall ♦ Niwot
Greeley Bluegrass Roundup Festival ♦ Greeley
Acoustic Café ♦ Nederland
Little Bear Saloon ♦ Evergreen
Buffalo Rose Country Music Hall of Fame ♦ Golden
Haggard’s Black Dog Saloon ♦ Durango
Steve’s Guitars ♦Carbondale
Bongo Billie’s Salida Café ♦ Salida
Storyville ♦Durango
Southern Sun Pub & Brewery ♦ Boulder
CAIC Avalanche Jam ♦ Golden
Mary’s Lake Lodge ♦ Estes Park
Millennium Harvest House ♦ Boulder
Microbrews for the Environment ♦ Boulder
Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom ♦ Denver
Hodi’s Half Note ♦ Fort Collins
Longmont Library Summer Concert Series ♦ Longmont
Meeker Range Call July 4th Celebration ♦ Meeker
Wild Creek ♦ Winterpark,
Conor O’Neill’s ♦ Boulder
Oskar Blues ♦ Lyons
Canon Rose Acoustic Society ♦ Canon City
Kaddy Shack Bluegrass Breakdown ♦ Lafayette
Rogers Hall/High Street Concerts ♦ Lyons
Loveland Summer Concert Series ♦ Loveland
Nissi’s ♦ Lafayette
Lakewood Summer Concert Series ♦ Lakewood
Alamosa Summer Concert Series ♦ Alamosa
Center for the Arts ♦ Crested Butte
Sherpa & Yeti’s ♦Breckenridge
Club 8150 ♦ Vail
Red Sky Ranch ♦Wolcott
Hotel CO/Blue Heron Concert Series ♦ Glenwood
KAFM Radio Concert Series ♦ Grand Junction
Swing Station ♦ LaPorte
Connecticut
Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival ♦ Prescot
Podunk Bluegrass Festival ♦ East Hartford
Georgia
Hoofer’s Bluegrass & Gospel Barn ♦ LaGrange
Red Light Café ♦ Atlanta
Blue Ridge Harvest Fest ♦ La Fayette
House Concert ♦ Decatur
Idaho
Knotty Pine ♦ Victor
Private Event ♦ Island Park
Illinois
Bluegrass Legends Series ♦ Evanston
Martyr’s ♦ Chicago
Indiana
Bean Blossom Music Festival ♦ Bean Blossom
Tri-State Bluegrass Festival ♦ Kendallville
Rockin’ & Rollin on Roosevelt Hill ♦ Richmond
Kentucky
Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival ♦ Morehead
IBMA World of Bluegrass ♦ Louisville
Uncle Pleasant’s ♦ Louisville
Intermezzo Café at Actor’s Theatre ♦ Louisville
Maine
Ossipee Valley Bluegrass Festival ♦ Cornish
One Longfellow Square ♦ Portland
Massachusetts
Iron Horse ♦ Northampton
Cantab Lounge ♦ Cambridge
Michigan
Niles Bluegrass Festival ♦ Niles
The Ark ♦ Ann Arbor
Elderly Instruments ♦ Lansing
Niles Concert Series ♦ Niles
Minnesota
Lonely Pines Concert Series ♦ Minneapolis
MBOTMA Concert Series ♦ Duluth
Lonely Pines Concert Series ♦ Mankato
Masters Weekend: North Shore Music Assoc ♦ Cook
County (Lake Superior)
Missouri
Silver Dollar City Bluegrass Festival ♦ Branson
Lathrop Bluegrass Festival ♦ Lathrop
SPBGMA May in Missouri Festival ♦ Kirksville
Montana
Bitterroot Bluegrass Festival ♦ Hamilton
Last Chance Gulch Bluegrass Festival ♦ Helena
Cicel Recital Hall/Yellowstone Bluegrass Assoc ♦ Billings
Petro Theatre/Yellowstone BG Assoc ♦ Billings
Crystal Theater ♦ Missoula
Downtown Tonight Concert Series ♦ Missoula
Pilgrim Congregational Church/Bozeman Folklore
Society♦Bozeman
Flanagan’s Central Station ♦ Whitefish
Big Mountain Resort ♦ Whitefish
Miller’s Crossing ♦ Helena
Charlie’s Place ♦ Babb
Isaak’s ♦ Craig
New Mexico
Wildlife West Bluegrass Fest ♦ Edgewood
Cowgirl Hall of Fame ♦ Santa Fe
Albuquerque BioPark ♦ Albuquerque
New York
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival ♦ Ancramdale
Knitting Factory ♦ New York
Nevada
Acoustic Routes ♦ Las Vegas
Crystal Bay Casino ♦ Crystal Bay (Tahoe)
East Las Vegas Community Ball ♦ Las Vegas
Blue Angel Coffeehouse ♦ Reno
North Carolina
Smilefest ♦ Lake Toxaway
Grey Eagle ♦ Asheville
Barley’s Taproom ♦ Asheville
Brewgrass Festival ♦ Asheville
Six String Café ♦ Cary (Raleigh)
Boone Saloon ♦ Boone
Ziggy’s ♦ Winston-Salem
The Pour House ♦ Raleigh
Ohio
Appalachian Uprising ♦ Scottown
Oklahoma
The Blue Door ♦ Oklahoma City
Oregon
Northwest String Summit ♦ North Plains
Mount Hood Bluegrass Festival ♦ Hood River
Nehalem Bay Winery Bluegrass at the Beach Concert ♦ Nehalem
The Good Foot ♦ Portland
The Mississippi ♦ Portland
Sam Bond’s Garage ♦ Eugene
Pennsylvania
Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival ♦ Gettysburg
Smoked Country Jam Bluegrass Festival ♦ Loganton
Tin Angel ♦ Philadelphia
South Carolina
Barley’s Taproom ♦ Greenville
The Pour House ♦ Charleston
University of South Carolina ♦ Columbia
South Dakota
Black Hills Bluegrass Festival ♦ Rapid City
Tennessee
Blue Plum Music Festival ♦ Johnson City
Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival ♦ Kodak
IBMA World of Bluegrass Official Showcase ♦
Nashville
SPBGMA Band Championship Winners ♦ Nashville
Station Inn ♦ Nashville
Barley’s Taproom ♦ Knoxville
Barking Legs ♦ Chattanooga
WDVX Studios “Blue Plate Special” ♦ Knoxville
Bluegrass on Broad Concert Series ♦ Kingsport
Bootlegger’s Inn ♦ Nashville
Downhome ♦ Johnson City
Texas
Overton Bluegrass Festival ♦ Overton
Utah
Desert Rocks Music Festival ♦ Moab
Founders Title Company Bluegrass Festival ♦ Salt Lake
City
Bridger Folk Music Society Series ♦ Logan
Groovefest ♦ Cedar City
Urban Lounge ♦ Salt Lake City
Shaggy’s Velvet Room ♦ Salt Lake City
Pat’s BBQ ♦ Salt Lake City
The Suede ♦ Park City
The Circuit ♦ Midvale
Virginia
Bluegrass & Country Music Festival ♦ Lawrenceville
The Prism ♦ Charlottesville
Ashland Coffee & Tea ♦ Richmond
Jammin’ Java ♦ Vienna (Washington, D.C.)
Gravity Lounge ♦ Charlottesville
St. Catherine’s School ♦ Richmond
Virginia Highlands Festival ♦ Abingdon
Washington
Bluewaters Bluegrass Festival ♦ Medical Lake
Cottage Music Concert Series/Kress Gallery ♦ Spokane
Tractor Tavern ♦ Seattle
West Virginia
Purple Fiddle ♦ Thomas
Wisconsin
Northern Lights Theatre ♦ Milwaukee
Wyoming
Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival ♦ Alta
Big Horn Bluegrass Festival ♦ Buffalo
Laramie Peak Bluegrass Festival ♦ Douglas
Mainstage Theater ♦ Jackson Hole
Oyster Ridge Music Festival ♦ Kemmerer
Happy Jack Bluegrass Festival ♦ near Laramie
Trap Bar at Grand Targhee Resort ♦ Alta
Beartrap Music Festival ♦ Casper
Dornan’s ♦ Moose
Lander Bar ♦ Lander
Hot Springs County HS Auditorium ♦ Thermopolis
Coal Creek ♦Laramie
University of Wyoming Concert Series ♦ Laramie
Silver Dollar Saloon ♦ Jackson
Alberta, Canada
Blueberry Bluegrass Festival ♦ Edmonton
Rombs Bluegrass & Country Jamboree ♦ Fairview
Ironwood Stage & Grill ♦ Calgary
Northern Circle Bluegrass Music Society Masters
Weekend Workshop & Concert ♦ Edmonton
British Columbia, Canada
Sooke River Bluegrass Festival ♦ Sooke
B.C. Bluegrass Workshops ♦ Sorrento
Norway House ♦ Victoria
Chilliwack Bluegrass Festival ♦ Chilliwack
Select Live Radio Appearances
Nashville Public Radio: Nashville, TN
WDVX FM: Knoxville, TN
WNCW FM: Spindale, NC
KOTO FM: Telluride, CO
KGNU FM: Boulder, CO
KRFC FM: Fort Collins, CO
WHAN AM: Hanover, VA
WUTC FM: Chattanooga, TN
KDUR FM: Durango, CO
WTJU FM: Charlottesville, VA
KPBX FM: Spokane, WA
WRFG FM: Atlanta, GA
KJZA FM: Prescott, AZ
KAZM FM: Flagstaff, AZ
KDNK FM: Carbondale, CO
KHEN FM: Salida, CO
KAFM FM: Grand Junction, CO
KFMU FM: Steamboat Springs, CO
KXZI FM: Kalispell, MT

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