Meadow Mountain


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September 10, 2018

Meadow Mountain Announces Self-Titled Debut Album To Be Released November 2

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BIOGRAPHY

Jack Dunlevie and Summers Baker met as Sophomores in high school during the school’s annual fall retreat. They bonded over a love for guitar and songwriting, and the following three years of school were spent skipping class, taking classical guitar lessons, and performing at various talent shows. Later in high school, they both discovered an up-and-coming band called the Punch Brothers. They went to a show and were inspired by the virtuosity and songwriting of the band.

As seniors, Jack decided to study Jazz piano, and Summers decided to study creative writing. They parted ways, with Jack attending University of Denver and Summers attending CSU. Through their first year of college, they kept in close touch, and after they returned to the Vail Valley for the summer, they started to explore bluegrass music. Jack borrowed an old mandolin from a close friend named Titus Blackwood, and he and Summers took to the streets of Vail, busking at the Sunday farmers market while working on their basic bluegrass repertoire. They were soon joined by Ian Parker, Jack’s roommate at DU. For their first months of playing together, Ian played the washboard. Later in the summer, he decided to bring his family’s old fiddle out to the market, and he was so established as the group’s fiddle player.

This was the band’s initial formation. Taylor Kundolf, a local musician and mentor to the group, joined the band as the bass player, and for the first summer of the band’s tenure they were known as the 40-10 string band – a reference to a John Denver song called “Grandma’s Feather Bed”.

For the next school year, Ian and Jack went back to DU, and Summers went back to CSU. They played in various projects in their respective towns, and they spent time learning more about bluegrass music. Jack spent 5-8 hours a day practicing jazz piano, while Ian worked towards his degree in classical piano. Summers spent his energy on songwriting and poetry, and he found some success in Fort Collins with a group called The Red Social Trail.

The next Summer, the three convened at Taylor Kundolf’s studio in Minturn Colorado at the base of Meadow Mountain (the actual mountain) where they began to work hard at the music they were cultivating. Wilson Luallen, a Jazz bass student at DU, joined the band, taking over for Taylor on Bass, and so formed the initial lineup of what would be known soon as “Meadow Mountain”. That summer, they gigged extensively, and were quickly noticed by music lovers in the Vail Valley.

At the end of the Summer, they all went back to their respective schools to finish their last year of college. When they all graduated, Summers moved down to Denver, and the band moved in together. That September, Meadow Mountain spent a month working as the house band aboard The Norwegian Dawn, where they played every night, tightening up their sound and learning more about each other as musicians. When they returned to Colorado, it was evident that they had worked hard on board towards a cohesive sound. Thirty gigs in thirty days served as a propellent for their ability to play to each others’ strengths.

That January, they added George Guthrie to the band, an outstanding banjo player from Connecticut. Since then, the band has established themselves as one of the premier voices in Colorado Bluegrass music.

In February 2018, they ran a Kickstarter campaign to fund their first record. They posted a goal amount of $19,500 dollars, and raised the full amount within three days of the campaign’s launch. The campaign went on to raise over $30,000 dollars, which helped fund their first tour van. This summer, they set out on their first East Coast tour, playing in many cities along the East Coast on their way to play the emerging artist series at GreyFox bluegrass. After that, they hustled across the country to open the 2018 Rockygrass festival.

Meadow Mountain has given a TED talk, hosted Denver’s only performance oriented bluegrass jam, and won 1st place at the prestigious Rockygrass band competition. They have opened for Sam Bush, Del McCoury, and other titans of the genre, and are looking at a very exciting 2019. This year, they signed a record deal with Tapetime records, and they will be releasing their debut record on Nov 3 in Denver at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox.

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Press Clippings

Debut Music , Meadow Mountain, New Music to listen to ! (Blog Talk Radio)

Meadow Mountain Release Debut Album On November 2 (The MTB Lab)

Meadow Mountain Announces Debut Album To Be Released 11/2 (Jamband News)

Track Premiere: Careless Heart from Meadow Mountain (Bluegrass Today)

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