Colorado, one the primary centers for the progressive bluegrass movement, is not short on revival as of late. Last week, I wrote about Elephant Revival’s appearance on the bill at this summer’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival. But over the weekend I got a much appreciated heads up on Trout Steak Revival, a five-piece bluegrass band from Denver that I can’t believe I haven’t heard of until now.
The band’s sophomore album, Flight (Amazon MP3 & Spotify), was released last October and is loaded end-to-end with outstanding traditional-esqe bluegrass songs that’ll knock your TOMS off. Band members Steve Foltz (Mandolin and Guitar), Will Koster (Dobro, Guitar), Casey Houlihan (Upright Bass), Travis McNamara (Banjo), and Bevin Foley (Fiddle) have built a steady fan base across Colorado and throughout the Midwest in the last few years, with a few highlights along the way, such as a second runners up finish at last year’s Rockygrass Band Competition.
Flight includes six originals and few covers, including a grassy remix of The Tallest Man on Earth’s “Where Do My Bluebird Fly.” Here’s the band’s latest video for “Bell,” an original off of the album, with scenes fittingly recorded at the picturesque Red Rocks State Park in Morrison and The Lazy Dog in Boulder.