We're in Raleigh, North Carolina for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) annual conference. We're honored to be official 2016 #BluegrassRamble showcase artists. Hope to see you there! Official showcase is at Kings (14 West Martin Street) Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 PM
Performer Magazine is premiering our new music video for "Who Should Follow Who?", the opening track on our new EP, I Would Fly. The video is part of Arizona Daily Star's Tucson Sound Sessions and was filmed by Nick Murray. To celebrate, we're thrilled to premiere a brand spankin' new video over at Performer Magazine. They write:
"A beautiful new performance video from Tucson's Run Boy Run...The colorful interaction between the guitar and mandolin, fiddle and cello, and collective rising and falling of the voices together result in a striking tension between the narrator’s stoicism and desperation, and reflect a resolve to find an answer and to move forward."
Big news at Run Boy Run camp today: We have a NEW EP, I Would Fly, coming out this year on Sky Island Records! To be released September 2, this EP features three new original songs and one cover of a Carter Family hit.
We were happy to return to Jim Brady Recording Studio (Tucson, AZ) to track this album, with mixing by Jerry Streeter at Bear Creek Studio (Woodinville, WA) and special musical appearances by our Tucson friends Ryan Alfred and Aaron Emery. We think it turned out great and we can't wait for you to hear it!
Ships September 2. Pre-order comes with an immediate download of the first single, "Who Should Follow Who?".
It is with a bit of sadness and a lot of hopefulness for the future that we announce the departure of our bass player, Jesse Allen, from Run Boy Run. Over the past six years, he has been a friend, a great musical partner and songwriter, and become like family. In the days ahead, Jesse will be pursuing his new solo project, Bitters McAllen, music production work, and a new computer programming position in New York (didn't you know he has an electrical engineering degree??). We wish him all the best in his future endeavors in music and can't wait to hear his new album, "Spirits Kill the Past" due out in Spring 2016 on Sky Island Records. Here are some reflections from Jesse:
"It is with hopeful anticipation and wistful remembrance that I announce my departure from Run Boy Run. Since founding the band on Matt's front porch, blocks south of the University of Arizona campus, we have continued to evolve and grow. Our first years, culminating with our 2011 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest win, were marked by the progressive take on old time you hear in our eponymous debut EP. Recorded from Matt and Bekah's bedroom in Mexico City and my living room in Tucson, we played our own take on traditional material. Soon, our arrangements became more and more complex, and we began to introduce our own songwriting. On the heels of two appearances on A Prairie Home Companion, our first full-length album, So Sang the Whippoorwill, pushed us to a new level. We took it on the road. Our time on the road developed us into better arrangers, better songwriters, and better musicians. By the time we entered Bear Creek Studios to record Something to Someone, Run Boy Run had taken another bold step towards something new: further from tradition, filled with our own songwriting, and open to new sounds. And now, Run Boy Run prepares to take another bold step forward creatively. I'm excited to hear this new direction unfold, even as it diverges from my own. I will continue to support my friends who have become like family, but now as a fan."
As we make this transition, you'll hear some great bass players from the Arizona music scene join Run Boy Run at upcoming shows, including past and present bassists from Giant Sand, Calexico, and Sweet Ghosts. -Matt, Bekah, Jen, & Grace
Our new videos for "Spin a Golden Thread", filmed in Kansas City by Rockhaven Films, is premiering at The Bluegrass Situation. They write:
The centerpiece of Run Boy Run's new "Spin a Golden Thread" music video is an old-time crankie -- a hand-cranked scroll of pictures that tell a story. Crankies go back to New England, Appalachia, and the mid-19th century, and some contemporary artists are introducing them to a whole new generation. Run Boy Run's crankie features artwork by Anna Cosper in a box by Sonya Montenegro.
Both the song and the panorama focus on the ties that bind us. Matt Rolland, Run Boy Run's fiddle and guitar player, says, “The song is basically a love song that alludes to our need to be connected with someone (or something) outside ourselves.”
Written by bassist Jesse Allen a couple of years back, “Spin a Golden Thread” has logged some miles. "The song's history criss-crosses the U.S.” Rolland adds, “It was written by Jesse in a garden in Connecticut two years ago, arranged by the band in Arizona's Aravaipa Wilderness on a music retreat, and then recorded at Bear Creek Studios up in Woodinville, WA, for our latest album, Something to Someone. The fact that the video was filmed in Kansas City just adds more geographic color to the history. The Tucson string band loved the crankie so much, they hoisted it out of the main video and shot a companion piece for it.