Paths & Places | May, 2017
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Masontown | 2015
“Masontown is 4 corners of great music. 4 musicians hold up a new sound, delivering the creative reharmonization of a tenured melody. This progressive and heartening aesthetic is sure to last.” – Eli West (Cahalen Morrison & Eli West)
“Masontown’s music is as high energy as the mountains they hail from! Their repertoire consists of delightful renditions of classic Bluegrass songs paired with exciting original tunes. The ‘nationally acclaimed’ fiddling is highly engaging and the talent and sheer joy of the musicians is striking!” – Bridget Law (Elephant Revival)
“This is a very tight band. They’re writing really cool tunes, great arrangements and playing with a confidence and taste usually reserved for the recording studio. Young bands rarely sound so cohesive! The Front Range has a new group to be reckoned with.” -Grant Gordy (Mr. Sun)
A new and enchanting sound has emerged from the hotbed of the Colorado roots music scene. Masontown, a young band with a concept as timeless as the Rocky Mountains, has alighted onto a bluegrass community that has already produced some of the best that the acoustic music world has to offer. But Colorado, and the wider world of modern music, hasn’t quite heard this yet.
A lauded fiddle champion and classical violinist. A veteran bluegrass mandolin player and composer. One of Colorado’s jazz guitar greats reborn as a flatpicking sensation. An upright bassist with roots running deep in the classical and jazz traditions. These are the individual elements that come together to create Masontown.
Masontown’s sound is an exciting take on the American acoustic tradition. At once fresh and familiar, the group unites the sounds of bluegrass, old-time, folk, and new acoustic music into a sonic melting pot that hearkens back to our deep musical traditions while remaining defiantly modern in conception. Echoes of the poignant exploration of the Matt Flinner Trio blend with the fierce drive of Bill Monroe and the plaintive song-craft of Cahalen Morrison and Eli West. It’s no surprise that the members of Masontown have shared the stage with many of these musical icons that their sound evokes.
The listening halls and dance floors of Colorado have already begun to hail the arrival of this new force in the acoustic music community. Masontown is a band on the move, driven to delight the ears, touch the hearts, and move the feet of generations of music lovers in Colorado and far beyond.
Fiddle & Flute | 2011
Natalie Padilla & Blayne Chastain
Debut album from emerging Irish musicians Natalie Padilla (fiddle), Blayne Chastain (Irish flute & bodhrán), and Peter Romero (piano).
Natalie Padilla is a former Montana state fiddle champion and has a degree in violin performance from the University of Northern Colorado. At age 18 she was UNC’s first freshman to win their annual concerto competition.
Blayne Chastain holds a master’s degree from the University of Limerick in Ireland in Irish flute performance and is the founder of Whistle & Drum – a niche mail order music shop that specializes in Irish whistles & drums. He also teaches Irish flute & whistle online at his personal website.
Peter Romero holds a degree in music theory and composition from UNC. His works have been performed by the UNC Men s Glee Club, the Greeley Children s Chorale, and the Boulder Ars Nova Singers. He is a accompanist with the Greeley Children s Chorale and at two local Catholic churches.