Canyon Collected and 'Krissy & Lathe' from Mr. Uppercut performed a tribute to the music of Blind Melon on Friday night (07/07/2017) at The Big Wonderful in Aurora, Colorado. They performed songs from all three Blind Melon studio albums and even the Velvet Underground cover of Candy Says. Krissy had brought the cross that Shannon's mother, Nel Hoon had given her, and it was an appropriate and powerful reminder of the presence and impact that Shannon Hoon made on the world. A big thank you goes out to all of the musicians involved in this tribute. It was wonderful hearing Blind Melon songs being performed to a large group of people in 2017. It was a testament to Shannon's legacy.
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Photography © Ryan M. Conway
THE BIG WONDERFUL
Canyon Collected brought their original uke-folkgrass music to Larimer Lounge on Thursday night (02/09/2017). They opened the show for Steve'n'Seagulls, the Finnish band known for their bluegrass covers of heavy metal songs. Canyon Collected's hour-long set consisted of their original songs, and one song written by their good friend, Kyle Smith. Sitting-in on the guitar again was Tom Mueller who amazed the audience with his lightning-fast picking. Tia Martini took the show to another galaxy with her ukulele. Jake kept those high notes rolling-in on the mandolin and sang a few songs himself. Leon sang confidently and got deep into some jams with the banjo. The theme of whiskey permeated the music, as three songs on the setlist were about bourbon, in one way or another. The crowd responded enthusiastically to Canyon Collected's energized stringband music, and plenty of people in the audience surely walked away with their melodies repeating in their mind. It was a beautiful evening of music.
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photo credit: © Ryan M. Conway
Canyon Collected performed at the Larimer Lounge on Wednesday evening (11/16/2016) opening for the Dustbowl Revival. Matt Rouch & The Sound Upstairs opened the show with a great performance and a set of well-crafted songs. Canyon Collected (plus) took the stage with two friends, Tom Mueller sitting in on guitar, and Frank Wott playing upright bass. Jake Heidrich tickled the mandolin, Tia Martini took the ukulele into uncharted cosmic waters, and Leon Elam kept the root down with his amazing banjo picking and singing.
They played a full-hour set between the other two bands on the bill, and they squeezed a lot of awesome music into that hour. Tia Martini uses her solos to transport the band (and its listeners) to another dimension. Jake Heidrich always adds the right touch to any song whether it is strumming, picking, or singing his signature song 'hWhiskey.' Leon always leads the band with confidence, and can steer the ship in the direction it needs to go - and that metaphor is true musically and also true as the captain of the vehicle which physically transports them from show to show. The addition of their friends Tom and Frank helped make this a special occasion at the Larimer Lounge.
The most outstanding original of their set (in this author's less-than-humble opinion), is the song 'Bags.' It is a song which can find a home in your memory and feel like your own theme song - very relatable lyrics complemented by a free-rolling melody. Another highlight is their cover of the Band's 'Get Up Jake' and the ending of their set is highlighted by an impassioned cover of Al Green's 'Take Me to the River.'
This was the first show since Leon and Tia became engaged, so it was kind of like an engagement party! Leon was playing a new banjo, and Tia was playing a new ukulele. The new instruments will accompany them in their new journey together.
You can purchase their most-recent album as a CD or a download from their website. Be sure to check them out on facebook, twitter, instagram, bandcamp, reverbnation, soundcloud, etc.
AUDIO: Canyon Collected 11/16/2016 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
Canyon Collected brought their authentic bluegrass folk music to The Other Side last month (09/08/2016). Be sure to catch them out on tour. Here's a link to their website, twitter, facebook page.
Canyon Collected performed at Park House last night, and they did not disappoint. This "uke-grass" stringband from Fort Collins, Colorado is the real deal. Leon Elam (banjo), Tia Martini (ukulele), Oliver Adams (guitar), & Jake Heinrich (mandolin) all take turn singing the songs, and the result is one cohesive group of musicians that delivers heartfelt music. If you are in Denver, they will be performing at Station 26 Brewing Co. on Nov. 8th and at Quixote's True Blue on Nov. 10th. Checkout their website and facebook for more details.
I had the opportunity to see Canyon Collected for the first time last night. They performed at Park House down on Colfax, and they jammed out some great music.
Canyon Collected is comprised of Oliver Adams (singer, songwriter, guitarist), Leon Elam (banjo, vocals), Tia Martini (ukulele), and Jake Heidrich (mandolin).
I'm always impressed when all members of a band sing. They all took turns singing lead on at least one song.
Each band member had phenomenal solos throughout the set. I have seriously never heard anyone play the ukulele like Tia Martini.
Last night was the first show of their new tour. They start in Colorado, head out to San Francisco, then up the Northwest coast, and then over towards Montana. You can find their updated tourdate list here.
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