Lonely Pines Concert Series show scheduled in Stillwater March 23

val0313lonely pines Hit & RunWebThe Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association is bringing its annual Lonely Pines Concert Series back to Stillwater on Sunday, March 23.

This year the concert will feature Rebecca Frazier and her band Hit & Run from Nashville. The Minnesota-based Pocahontas County will also perform.

The concert will be at the Stillwater Eagles Club, 13523 60th St. N., at 3 p.m. The show is one of three appearances scheduled in Minnesota.

For bluegrass artist Rebecca Frazier, the guitar has always been a means of transporting her, whether to a different state of mind, to a campfire bluegrass circle or onto the stage of one of the one hundred-plus festivals at which she has performed. Frazier has played guitar since she received a Yamaha Dreadnought for Christmas at age 12. She had no idea that this gift would lead her to be the first-ever woman on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine (September 2006) or to become the recipient of International Bluegrass Music Association’s ‘Recorded Event of the Year’ Award (2009).

“I was spending my summers in the Shenandoah Mountains at a girls’ camp,” the Virginia native said. “I was song leader when I was 13, so I was required to write songs and teach melodies to fellow campers. We’d sing three-part harmonies as we washed our hair in the ice-cold Cowpasture River.”

After college at the University of Michigan and the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Frazier found herself in Colorado, where she co-founded Hit & Run Bluegrass, an award-winning, Boulder-based outfit, which made history by becoming the first band to win both prestigious band competitions at Rockygrass (2002) and Telluride Bluegrass Festival (2003).

Soon Hit & Run was bringing its “authentic yet modern” bluegrass to concert stages in almost every state in the U.S., as well as in Canada, including the esteemed Grey Fox, Telluride, High Sierra and Rockygrass festivals. In 2005, the band won first place at the highly competitive Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass in America Band Championship in Nashville and was invited to showcase at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual conference.

Today Frazier lives in and tours from Nashville. The band’s two studio albums, “Beauty Fades” and “Without Maps or Charts” were so popular that the band sold 10,000 copies independently.

Frazier’s latest recording, “When We Fall,” is something different for her: a collection of self-penned bluegrass and Americana songs, presented in a classic, “listenable” way.

“I wanted to create a timeless-sounding work, because I’m so inspired by music from the 1970’s,” she said. “I rarely listen to ‘new’ music. Bonnie Raitt’s first record; old-school Tony Rice and Dave Grisman Quintet; Neil Young: all of this music was recorded before I was born, yet it’s free of datedness.”

But for one Neil Young cover on the album, Frazier has bravely divulged a lot of herself with her 10 original songs, while still showcasing her guitar skills.

Tickets for the Lonely Pines Concert Series appearance by Hit & Run and Pocahontas County are $15 in advance, $18 the day of the show and $9 for teens (children age 12 and under are free). All seating is general admission.

The Lonely Pines Concert Series is produced by the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association and partially funded with money from the states arts and cultural heritage fund.

Info: MinnesotaBluegrass.org or 800-635-3037.