Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
Ramblin' Feels Good
Bluegrass in the West is known for incorporating progressive, genre-bending influences, but few bands have perfected a blend of deep tradition and new trailblazing like Jeff Scroggins & Colorado. Hailing from the Western Frontier state of Colorado where the mountains run high and the air runs thin, the band brings together dizzyingly brilliant musicianship with powerhouse Appalachian vocals, a solid and energetic rhythm, and an easy stage banter that has delighted listeners all over the world. Fronted by internationally acclaimed two-time National Banjo Champion Jeff Scroggins, who cites influences ranging from Don Reno and Alan Munde to Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, Scroggins’ joined by his son, the preternaturally gifted young mandolinist and tune composer Tristan Scroggins. The band’s vocalist Greg Blake grew up in southwest West Virginia, and when he sings, you can hear a voice that connects to the great old generations of mountain singers, invested with a rich twang and the kind of eerily powerful cry that first inspired the 'high, lonesome sound.' On July 22, 2016, this hard-traveling band will release their newest album, Ramblin Feels Good, a collection of songs and instrumentals both original and from a wide variety of sources. For the album, the core trio of both Scroggins and Greg Blake is joined by star bluegrass fiddler Andy Leftwich, 2-time IBMA award winning bassist Mark Schatz (Bela Fleck, Linda Ronstadt), and harmony vocalists Don Rigsby (Charlie Sizemore), and David Peterson.
On Ramblin Feels Good, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado bring together country, bluegrass, and folk in a hard-driving sound. Opening with Willie Nelson’s “I’m A Memory,” the songs on this album are drawn from bluegrass sources like Don Reno (Wall Around Your Heart), Leon Jackson (“Love Please Come Home”) and Hylo Brown (“Down the Road of Life”), as well as classic country like Jimmy Webb (“Galveston”) and Dennis Linde (“Night is Fallin in My Heart”), all the way over to Nashville songwriter Walt Aldridge (“She’s Got a Single Thing In Mind”). To round out the trinity, they draw from folk sources like Gordon Lightfoot (“Carefree Highway”) or Seattle songwriter David Keenan (the fun romp “Sometimes Dig for Taters”). In between, Jeff and Tristan Scroggins have crafted blazingly-hot instrumental tunes likes “Dismal Nitch” or “Lemonade in the Shade” to showcase their picking abilities on the banjo and mandolin respectively. All of these influences come together in a tight, cohesive package because Jeff Scroggs in & Colorado know what the secret to what makes bluegrass so compelling: take music as old as the hills, and push it to its furthest reaches without ever losing site of the heartbreak and passion at the heart of the songs. That’s why bluegrass, country, and folk will always be so closely tied. Each of these genres is built on the foundation of honesty and authenticity. Listening to this album or watching Jeff Scroggins & Colorado tear it up onstage, it’s clear that they came to this music the honest way: through hard work and great energy. With their new album, Ramblin Feels Good, cementing their place at the forefront of Western bluegrass, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado have nothing left to prove, but a lot left to say.