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        BIOGRAPHY

         

        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

         

        Rebecca Frazier is an award-winning singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Frazier came to national attention in 2006 as the first female on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and was later picked up by Compass Records for her flatpicking/songwriting solo showcase When We Fall (2013). The album received heavy airplay on SiriusXM Radio and peaked at #3 on the national Roots Music Report Chart. Other honors include Rebecca’s 2009 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year award for her work on the Daughters of Bluegrass’ Bluegrass Bouquet album, and Rebecca’s feature appearance singing “Keep on the Sunnyside” on Hank William’s biopic, 20th Century Fox The Last Ride movie soundtrack released by Curb Records in 2012. Rebecca is a founding member of Hit & Run, the first and only band to win all three major bluegrass band contests—Telluride (2003), Rockygrass (2002), and SPBGMA (2005) Festival Competitions. Frazier has been teaching music workshops across the U.S. and Canada since 2004, and has been on staff at Nashville Music Academy since 2008.

        Says Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, “Although she has achieved great success, Frazier continues to be passionate about her music and guitar playing. Her journey is one that should serve to inspire any guitar player, singer, or songwriter.”

        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
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        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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