“When I hear Run Boy Run, it all comes back to me, why I started doing that show back then. I hope they go on forever. ”
— Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion
ABOUT RUN BOY RUN
Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Tucson Americana quartet Run Boy Run blend bluegrass, folk and the old-timey American vernacular with touches of classical and turn of the century details. Their four studio albums, including their newest EP released September 2016 on Sky Island Records, have garnered praise from the likes of All Music Guide, Performer Magazine, PopMatters, The Guardian, and more. Their new album, I Would Fly, features three original, harmony-rich songs and an upbeat cover of the Carter Family hit, "Hello Stranger". It’s no surprise that the band counts Garrison Keillor of NPR's 'A Prairie Home Companion' and renowned Irish fiddler Kevin Burke among their growing legion of fans.
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). With three strong female voices, singing separately and 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 bands such as Nickel Creek, Crooked Still, and The Wailin' Jennys. Run Boy Run continues this journey into music that is dynamic, orchestral, and brimming with beauty. Three strong female voices weave a tapestry of sound, and the award-winning fiddlers cut a path for a tightly formed rhythmic front. Every arrangement is – at its 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), Run Boy Run has become a "prevelant force in the desert music scene" (Paste Magazine, “One of the top 10 Arizona bands to hear now”). They've been making fans across the U.S. with their open-ended musical approach and dynamic stage presence, and will take that live show back across the country coast to coast this summer and fall.
“When I hear Run Boy Run, it all comes back to me, why I started doing that show back then. I hope they go on forever.”
– Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion
"Harmonies, strings, and a respect for heartfelt storytelling"
- The Bluegrass Situation
"One of the top ten Arizona bands to hear now, Run Boy Run is becoming a prevalent force in the desert music scene."
– Adam Vitcanage, Paste Magazine
“Run Boy Run packs one major Country-Celtic-Bluegrass-Appalachian punch”
– Rob Cullivan, Portland Tribune
"A must listen for fans of great harmonies and nods to traditional American music"
- Performer Magazine
"Both steeped in tradition and forging a new path in folk music … three female vocalists and jazzy touches add something new, but its lyrics call back to simpler times."
- Seattle Weekly
- New album, I Would Fly, released September 2016
- Featured artist on Spotify's "New Roots" and "Folk" Playlists
- Twice featured on "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor
- Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition winners (2011)
- Pickin' In The Pines band competition winners (2009)
- Telluride Bluegrass Festival (CO)
- Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival (WY)
- Strawberry Music Festival (CA)
- John Hartford Memorial Festival (IN)
- Floydfest (VA)
- RiverRoots Music Festival (IN)
- Americana Music Jam (CA)
- Hiawatha Music Festival (MI)
- Wheatland (MI)
- Bluegrass At The Beach (FL)
- Palisade Bluegrass Festival (CO)
- Durango Meltdown (CO)
- Redlands Bowl (CA)
- Ogden Music Festival (UT)
- Pickin' In The Pines (AZ)