• September 29, 2019 at 6:00pm
  • CSPS Hall
  • $17 advance | $21 door

They’re forging their own brand of roots music — one grounded in timeless tradition, crafted by top-shelf musicianship, and performed with jubilant comradery. While music fans will recognize them from their various other outfits (Punch Brothers, David Rawlings, Crooked Still, A Prairie Home Companion), and while three of the four members were previously a trio, HAWKTAIL presents an entirely new and unique offering. The instrumental talents of Brittany Haas on fiddle, Paul Kowert on bass, Jordan Tice on guitar, and Dominick Leslie on mandolin come together in an intricate tapestry of intertwining refrains. The music displays a breadth of acumen and ambition rarely heard in a band this young: Norwegian dance rhythms sit atop traditional Appalachian folk, while bluegrass is woven into the fundamentals of chamber music and jazz.

The May release of Unless, their debut album, reveals a quartet that has found its wings. It’s a collectionof original music that showcases the unique talents of the individual players. At the same time, “It feels as though this is now a whole band capable of doing anything,” says Haas. “The music represents hours of creation, founded on our years as close friends. And I think you can hear that.”

A mixture of recordings from the studio and live performance, Unless was written to be played for people in a room. Says Kowert, “We strove to write strong tunes that could take us to different places, while holding to a simple form … a natural music that breathes.” That inclusiveness extends beyond the speakers. A finger on the string, a rush of energy when you didn’t expect it: this is music made to be enjoyed.

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