High Octane Colorado Bluegrass!
Every once in a while a band comes along that stands out amongst the crowded fields of the bluegrass world. Blue Canyon Boys, a premier bluegrass band of the Rocky Mountain West, are one of those bands. Winners of the 2008 Telluride Bluegrass festival band contest, the Blue Canyon Boys have gone on to perform across the country and were selected to represent the United States and bluegrass music at the 14th annual Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak, Malaysia on the island of Borneo, which has consistently been rated in the top 25 International Festivals by Songlines Magazine.
This bluegrass powerhouse consists of Gary Dark on mandolin, Jason Hicks on guitar, Drew Garrett on bass, and award-winning Chris Elliott on banjo. Blending incredible brother-duet-style vocals and hard-driving instrumental proficiency, this energetic band has created an infectious brew of hard-driving Colorado bluegrass. With four well-received CDs that have garnered heavy airplay across the country and around the world, Blue Canyon Boys have quickly become one of Colorado's most celebrated bluegrass bands.
Mandolinist Gary Dark's amazing tenor puts the "high" in the band's high lonesome sound. Originally from Kentucky, Gary's rapid-fire mandolin style, rhythmic drive, and soaring voice provide a musical cornerstone for Blue Canyon Boys.
Drew Garrett slaps a mean bass and sings baritone vocals with the band. His credits include the innovative 1980s newgrass band “Danger in the Air”, who’s members went on to play with bands such as The Dixie Chicks & The John Jorgenson Quintet. Drew also performed with and recorded two albums with The Domestic Science Club on Discovery/Elektra Records.
Guitarist and songwriter Jason Hicks' love for pioneering guitarists such as Don Reno & Norman Blake helped him to develop a style that is "...hard-driving, high energy, rough, raw and meant to be that way." His fresh and unique style landed him a feature article in Flatpicking Guitar magazine, for which he has also appeared as a guest columnist. Many of his original songs are featured in Blue Canyon Boys repertoire.
Texas native and banjoist Chris Elliott is a founding member of the Rebel Recording bluegrass band Spring Creek and the 2007 Rockygrass banjo champion. He has had the privilege of sharing the stage with many of his bluegrass heroes including Tony Trischka, Michael Cleveland, Pete Wernick, Alan Munde, Sally Van Meter, Matt Flinner, and many others. Chris studied banjo extensively with Alan Munde and now works closely with Pete Wernick at his Dr. Banjo Jam Camp.
With four acclaimed recordings ("Just an Old Dirt Road" 2006, "Hello City Limits" 2008, "House Full of Sorrow" 2009, "Mountain Bound"2010) and their win of the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band competition in 2008, Blue Canyon Boys have been steadily working their way into the hearts of music lovers around the world. From the first sound of the hard driving banjo to the final rumble of the doghouse bass, Blue Canyon Boys will conjure musical memories and captivate audiences across the west and beyond.