Liver Down the River

A six-piece jam style bluegrass group from the beautiful mountains of Durango, Colorado

at Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership

January 4, 2019 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Time: 8:00pm     Day: Friday     Doors: 7:00pm     Ages: All Ages / Bar with ID     Price: $7
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Liver Down The River

"Liver Down The River is a six-piece jam style bluegrass group from the beautiful mountains of Durango, CO. Their story began in the fall of 2012, when mandolin/harmonica player Patrick Storen met lead vocalist/guitar player Matt Granzow. The pair had an impromptu jam session in the Bader Snyder Dorm room of Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Together they began experimenting with bluegrass music, and incorporated their eclectic styles on traditional Grateful Dead tunes. That day spawned a lifelong friendship between the pair, and before long they were picking every afternoon.

Soon after, Emily Aguirre-Winter got word of these acoustic picking sessions and began accompanying them with her viola and phenomenal vocal range. Storen recalls hearing Aguirre-Winter sing for the first time and describes the experience as not only breathtaking, but chilling. Aguirre-Winter adds the melodic beauty to Liver Down The River’s music, and her classically trained musical background provides refreshing and angelic textures to each creative composition.

Over the next few months the trio played countless nights in Durango, and enlisted the talent of drummer John Carter Colia, and bassist/vocalist Derek Abt. These additions allowed for more ambitious musical excursions, and a breakaway from traditional bluegrass instrumentation. Colia, the man that keeps the train from rolling off the tracks each night, is a driving force of the band. This combination complimented by the funky bass rhythms provided by Abt on electric bass paved the pathway for the band to bend the rules of traditional bluegrass, and pioneer a sound of their own, which they call JamGrass. In 2014, another main contributor to the band’s original catalogue, Tyler Rice was added to the group on banjo, keyboard, and vocals. With the addition of banjo virtuoso and remarkable songwriter Tyler Rice, it was at that exact moment Liver Down The River was born.

Experimenting with extended improvisational jamming and exploring a diverse range of musical genres, Liver Down The River brings new life to classic fiddle tunes and traditional bluegrass standards. Striving to write music that conveys the atmosphere and feeling of the Colorado way of life, Granzow’s lyrics connect with real life emotions and are easily relatable to anyone who listens. Granzow states, “Whether it be our up-tempo bluegrass tunes, extended jams, or funk tunes we are creating music that will last, and connect with the emotions of our audiences.”

The band released their debut album; Solace In The Mountains on April 20th of 2014, consisting of ten original songs along with their own take on the traditional bluegrass song, ‘Whiskey Before Breakfast.’ However, this recording consisted of only three members, and the band has since developed their own recognizable sound within the bluegrass community. To kick off 2015, Liver Down The River recorded a new self-titled EP set to release in late summer of 2015, and continues to play shows across the Front Range amongst many other places. Their uplifting and high-energy performances have led to the development of their dedicated fan base, which they call their Liverfolk.

Storen, the spark to the band’s fire, brings the energy level up each night creating spontaneous bursts of frenzy and chaos, resulting in overall amusement and excitement of the crowd. Fueled by the energy of their whiskey drinking audiences Liver Down The River creates a show full of magic and spontaneous surprises. The band knows how to get the party started, and will keep you dancing on your feet all night long. Be sure to catch Liver Down The River at a city near you!"