Lynchburg News and Advance-Apr 7, 2016
In that short amount of time, Harpeth Rising has racked up some serious accomplishments, including several tours in the United Kingdom.
Let me tell you about the first real concert we ever played as Harpeth Rising. It was in a tiny town in Michigan, so far south that on humid summer days the border swells and Indiana claims it for its own. Still fresh graduates of Indiana University, it felt like just enough of an adventure to get our pulses racing, while remaining within safe distance of home. You know, in case things went real wrong, real fast. It was a Bluegrass Festival, and when I say Bluegrass, I mean it. Single-mic, dizzlingly fast-fingered, Gospel influenced-harmony singin’, matching Hawaaian shirts Bluegrass. And Harpeth Rising. We had applied for the gig through one of these online services built to help new musicians find the right venues, and we were “selected”, probably based on our living room recording of a semi-trad fiddle tune and the pictures of a banjo. It felt like being asked to headline Bonnaroo.
When we arrived and saw the schedule, which included multiple sets each day for 3 days, we knew we’d have to repeat material, and frequently. But we got up there, and we played. We played our earnestly arranged old-time tunes, thinking they were Bluegrass. We played our handful of original songs, thinking they were Bluegrass. And we played our covers, including “Don’t Fear The Reaper”, thinking that at least it still had a banjo. The crowds, gathered on a grassy hillside and showered in sunshine, opened their musical hearts to us immediately. We announced on stage that we were going to make our first CD directly following the festival. At the end of the weekend, the director sat down next to us and said “That was not what I was expecting…will you come back next year?”
6 years and perhaps a thousand concerts later, we often still feel that same way when stepping onto a stage. Unsure we quite fit the mold, grateful to the faces looking back at us, ready to play, to be in the middle of one of those moments where you feel what we’re feeling. We’ve learned that we can rely on that desire to propel us through the many challenges and changes of our musical lives. And we have one upon us: Rebecca has chosen to leave Harpeth Rising and move back home to California. We support her in the pursuit of her goals, and know that our loss is her family’s gain. But in this time of change, we are more committed than we have ever been to making music, to putting our experiences and ideas into words and sounds and sharing them with you.
And in that spirit, please make welcome our incredible new bandmate, Michelle Younger! Hailing originally from Charlottesville, VA, Michelle is a brilliant musician and shares both our classical background and our passion for multi-genred acoustic music. In addition to degrees in classical guitar from Oberlin Conservatory and Eastman School of Music, Michelle has been writing and playing old-time, folk and bluegrass for years, and we cannot wait for you all to hear her play. Her ability on both banjo and guitar are going to raise us closer to our musical goals. When we were first introduced to Michelle, we needed to find out if our musical minds meshed…it took less than a couple of hours to discover that this was it. After several days of learning music, helping to raise newborn cows, cooking a lot of food, and playing Cards Against Humanity, we already felt like a team.
Something has Shifted. But nothing can change our love of making music, and playing it for all of you. See you at a show.
Journal and Courier-Feb 3, 2016
To describe Harpeth Rising's striking sound, you can point to plenty of factors. In what the group calls "chambergrass," the musicians blend improvisatory-feeling ...
LaGrange Daily News-Jan 25, 2016
Harpeth Rising, a Louisville, Kentucky-based trio, is set to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. and is expected to play tunes from their album “Shifted,” ...
Paste Magazine-Nov 25, 2015
Harpeth Rising is a modern progressive bluegrass trio, and they take the “progressive” part of that label significantly more seriously than most.
Suburban Life Publications
Harpeth Rising will perform at 3 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Maple Street Chapel Folk Concerts series. Their new album, “Shifted,” debuted at No. 1 on the USA Folk ...
NUVO Newsweekly-Aug 12, 2015
For Harpeth Rising, the art of arranging the trio's blend of neo-classical chamber folk means occasionally stepping on the toes of those who ...
eNews Park Forest-Nov 8, 2015
'Harpeth Rising' chose to name themselves after a river because water is both dynamic and powerful. These words also describe the music ...
The Daily Tribune-Oct 23, 2015
The Harpeth Rising trio will be returning to Franklin County to perform at the Mount Vernon Music Hall beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.
The Southern-Nov 4, 2015
COBDEN – In support of their latest album, “Shifted,” Harpeth Risingwill be making a concert stop at The Old Feed Store. The concert, at 7 p.m. ...
Chicago Tribune-Nov 10, 2015
Jordana Greenberg, left, Rebecca Reed-Lunn and Maria Di Meglio are Harpeth Rising. The band will perform Nov. 14 at Edgar's Place Coffee ...
AdVantage News-12 hours ago
Harpeth Rising, named after a Tennessee River, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Alton as a part of the Hayner Library 2015 Fall ...
Quad-Cities Online - 14 hours ago
When Maria Di Meglio is firing on all sonic cylinders, as a third of the all-female band Harpeth Rising, she's playing cello, singing in harmony, and keeping the beat on a bass drum with her left foot and a cajon drum with the other. "We like to keep ...
The Fly Magazine talks with Jordana about the new album, influences, and traveling in a Prius.
This career, like most other things in this world, is hard. Tougher than it looks from the outside. We spend much of our lives these days in a car, and it is our job to stay inspired, stay hungry and constantly lean in. Some days when we are thousands of miles from our families, it feels like the wrong choice. But most of the time, when we are giving and receiving the immortal gift of music, we are just thankful. Even on our hardest days, we are doing what we choose to do, we are doing what we love to do, and we recognize how lucky that makes us. Thank you for listening.
We made our first LIVE album! Recorded October 3, 2014 at The Dreaming Tree Coffeehouse in Baptistown, NJ, this album features 9 tracks: 2 never-before released, and 7 new versions of previously recorded songs, including "Abraham", "Coyote" and more!
Yay - our concert is helping musical kiddos!