Granby Ranch Announces Free Summer Music Festival: The Rocky Mountain Music Series at Granby Ranch
June 8, 2021
Article by: Stacey Zavadil
A family friendly, all new festival series at Granby Ranch featuring some of the very best artists from the popular Americana and New Outlaw music genres.
GRANBY, CO, June 8th, 2021 –
Granby Ranch announced today an all-new, family friendly festival, The Rocky Mountain Music Series at Granby Ranch with three dates and confirmed artists.
As the cornerstone of the 2021 series, the artists selected to perform include national acts from the “New Outlaw” and “Americana” music genres, which appeal to a broad spectrum of fans and are among the fastest growing and most popular formats. The festivals will be free to the public and will also feature a variety of family activities and dining options, all of which are adjacent to the performance venue located at the base of the Granby Ranch ski resort.
“Granby Ranch is the ideal setting for this family friendly festival series, which will feature some truly remarkable artists,” said Andy Wirth, CEO & Founder of Ridgeline Executive Group, Inc. the manager of Granby Ranch resort operations. “I’ve had the good fortune to help develop some great festivals from Steamboat’s Rockin’ Round Up to Wanderlust and most recently, WinterWonderGrass. It’s those experiences coupled with this terrific venue that has us thrilled to launch this summer’s festival series with many more to come in the future.”
All performances will be early evening with additional details to follow. The dates and confirmed artists of the 2021 Rocky Mountain Music Series at Granby Ranch are as follows:
July 4th Ghost of Paul Revere
July 24th Rising Appalachia
August 13th Paul Cauthen
“The new ownership here at Granby Ranch is bringing forth a positive and energetic approach to the resort and the community. Today’s announcement is the first of many to come over the course of the summer and fall, all of which will enhance the Granby Ranch experience.” added Wirth.
The Rocky Mountain Music Series at Granby Ranch is only one part of what can be a great vacation weekend in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Granby Ranch is easily accessible by way of a scenic two-hour drive from Denver and offers world-class mountain biking and fly fishing, magnificent golf, and hiking. The resort also features a variety of dining options including the Bluebird Bistro, which dishes up some of the best BBQ west of Kansas City.
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July 4th, 2021 – Ghost of Paul Revere
Music stitches together a strong community around The Ghost of Paul Revere. The Maine trio—Max Davis [vocals, banjo], Sean McCarthy [vocals, bass], and Griffin Sherry [vocals, guitar]—examine life’s ebbs and flows through a distinct and dynamic distillation of folk, bluegrass, rock, and alternative. Since forming in 2011, the band has created a following that has propelled them from a local to a national level, tallying 15 million total independent streams to date. After releasing the EP North in 2012, their signature style progressed over the course of two full-length albums—Believe  and Monarch —and a pair of EPs—Field Notes, Vol. 1  and Field Notes, Vol. 2 . They garnered acclaim from Billboard, Boston Globe, AXS, No Depression, Relix, and The Boot, who appropriately dubbed them, “not quite bluegrass, not quite country, not quite rock ‘n’ roll, but kind of all three combined.” The band has performed alongside The Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell, The Revivalists, Bela Fleck, and The Infamous Stringdusters, sold out countless headlining gigs, and appeared at major festivals nationwide: Newport Folk, Austin City Limits, WinterWonderGrass, BottleRock Napa, Shaky Knees, Okeechobee, and Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. The boys took home “Best in Maine” at the New England Music Awards twice, in 2015 and 2019. In 2019, their song, “Ballad Of The 20th Maine”, became the official State Ballad of Maine after being passed unanimously by the Senate and House of Representatives and signed into law by Maine’s Governor, Janet Mills. In 2014, they began curating, booking, and hosting their very own festival, Ghostland. Rooted in a love for Maine’s music community, the festival has grown into one of the state’s largest festivals, drawing local and national talent to the annual Labor Day Weekend event. With more music and touring on the horizon, Ghost of Paul Revere continue to expand this community.
July 24th, 2021 – Rising Appalachia
As world travelers for nearly two decades, Rising Appalachia have merged multiple global music influences with their own southern roots to create the inviting new folk album, Leylines. Remarkably the band has built its legion of listeners independently — a self-made success story that has led to major festival appearances and sold-out shows at venues across the country.
Founded by sisters Leah and Chloe Smith, the band established an international fan base due to relentless touring, tireless activism, and no small degree of stubborn independence. However, for the first time, they opted to bring in a producer for the new album, teaming up with the legendary Joe Henry on the sessions. These were also their first recording sessions outside of the South. For 10 days, all six band members lived and recorded in a castle-like studio in Marin County, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. As a result, a sense of unity and immediacy can be heard throughout their seventh album, Leylines.
“As far as recording goes, we’re open creatively, but we’ve often preferred elements of live recording. I mean, we’re folk musicians at our core,” Leah explains. “The experience of playing music together in one room, looking at each other, is the bedrock of what we do and how we’ve grown up with music. I think Joe very much felt that way as well. He was very clear at the beginning that he was going to encourage us to have as many elements of a live recording as possible.”
Although Leah and Chloe Smith consider their voices as their primary instrument, Leah also plays banjo and bodhran on the album, while Chloe plays guitar, fiddle, and banjo. They are joined on Leylines by longtime members David Brown (stand-up bass, baritone guitar) and Biko Casini (world percussion, n’goni), as well as two new members: West African musician Arouna Diarra (n’goni, talking drum) and Irish musician Duncan Wickel (fiddle, cello). The sonic textures of these two cultures are woven into Leylines, enhancing the stunning blend of folk, world, and urban music that has become Rising Appalachia’s calling card.
August 13th, 2021 – Paul Cauthen
Making Room 41 nearly killed Paul Cauthen. Ironically enough, it’s also the very thing that saved him.
“Finishing this record was one of the craziest experiences I’ve ever been a part of,” reflects Cauthen, the larger than-life Texas troubadour nicknamed Big Velvet for his impossibly smooth, baritone voice. “I’m honestly glad it’s done because I don’t think I’d survive if I had to do it all over again. No way.”
Written during a roughly two-year stint spent living out of a suitcase in Dallas’ Belmont Hotel, Room 41 chronicles Cauthen’s white-knuckle journey to the brink and back, a harrowing experience that landed him in and out of the hospital as he careened between ecstasy and misery more times than he could count. Cauthen has long been a pusher of boundaries (musical and otherwise), and Room 41 is no exception, with electrifying performances that blend old-school country and gritty soul with 70’s funk and stirring gospel. His lyrics take on biblical proportions as they tackle lust and envy, pride and despair, destruction and redemption, but these songs are no parables.
Cauthen lived every single line of this record, and he’s survived to tell the tale. “I’ve always been the kind of artist that can’t write something unless I feel it and I mean it.” says Cauthen, “This record is as real as it gets for me. I am these songs.”
Cauthen first earned his reputation as a fire-breathing truth-teller with the acclaimed roots rock band Sons of Fathers, but it wasn’t until the 2016 release of his solo debut, My Gospel, that he truly tapped into the full depth of his prodigious talents. Vice Noisey dubbed it “a somber reminder of how lucky we are to be alive,” while Texas Monthly raved that Cauthen “sound[s] like the Highwaymen all rolled into one: he’s got Willie’s phrasing, Johnny’s haggard quiver, Kristofferson’s knack for storytelling, and Waylon’s baritone.” The album landed on a slew of Best Of lists at the year’s end and earned festival appearances from Austin City Limits and Pickathon to Stagecoach and Tumbleweed along with dates opening for Elle King, Margo Price, Midland, Cody Jinks, Social Distortion and more. He followed it up two years later with Have Mercy, an album that prompted Rolling Stone to dub him “one of the most fascinating, and eccentric, new voices in country music” and NPR’s Ann Powers to proclaim 2019 as “the year of Paul Cauthen.”