Harpeth Rising, the next musical group to perform at the TPAC, Thursday June 23rd, at 7:30 p.m., chose to name themselves after a river because water is both dynamic and powerful. These words also describe the music created by the three women –Jordana Greenberg (violin, vocals), Maria Di Meglio (cello, vocals) and Michelle Younger (banjo, guitar and vocals). Unapologetic genre-benders, they fuse folk, Newgrass, rock, and classical into a sound that is organically unique.
Classically trained musicians, they received their degrees from some of the finest music programs in the country: Indiana University, Oberlin, and the Eastman School of Music. Their original music is as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. The cello sounding at times like a bass, layering in the shimmering sounds of a violin, and the striking addition of the banjo create a sound both familiar and at the same time impossible to categorize.
Their most recent album, SHIFTED, debuted at #1 on the Folk-DJ charts and was released to international acclaim. Chris Spector at Midwest Record said “Taking Newgrass to the next dimension, taking back lyric writing as an art form, if you’ve cleaned your ears out recently, this set is going to blow your mind. One of a kind, in a class by itself and simply superlative throughout.” Tim Carroll of Folkwords wrote “Choose words to define this latest album – progressive, creative, innovative, imaginative - they all describe what’s on offer...Alternatively, don’t attempt to categorize their ingenuity with words, take the shortest route, immerse yourself in Harpeth Rising and let the music carry you with its flow.”
We are grateful to Dan and Connie Westbrook for sponsoring this performance.