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Nothing will accompany the onset of the fall season better than the fresh new sound of Cadillac Sky.A bluegrass quintet from Texas, these guys are breaking into their own with the debut album, “Blind Man Walking.” The past year they’ve been on the road promoting the album, and so far, the experience has been a dream come true.”Most people need a break from work to relax,” lead singer Bryan Simpson said. “I feel more relaxed when I’m on stage.”Rooted heavily in bluegrass, roots, alternative, rock, and country, the band is starting to find its own original voice. That voice is smooth-harmonic bluegrass with a fresh lyrical perspective. Musically the sound is tight and professional, from the banjo pickin’ to the twangy singin’, but just loose enough to take the edge off a busy day.

Their debut album on the Skaggs Family Records’ label, founded by Grammy-winner Ricky Skaggs, illustrates a new band trying to find its place, Simpson said.”We’ve been able to convey musically what we wanted too,” he added. “That is to incorporate our influences into our music.”Cadillac Sky has been pickin’ for about three years now and, as can be expected, is extremely excited about the release of the upcoming album.”It’s taken a while to get it out,” Simpson said. “Now we’re just trying to get everyone excited about the album and hope they enjoy it.”

The extended time on the road has given the band time to bond with one another, Simpson said. And the reception has been great from town to town.”Sometimes we show up in a town where they haven’t heard of us,” Simpson said. “They still end up enjoying the show. You just never know what to expect, but it’s real exciting.”Along with Simpson playing mandolin, former national champions Matt Menefee on banjo and Ross Holmes on fiddle accompany. Veteran Mike Jump lends his steady guitar and precise vocals to the mix, while Andy Moritz pounds out the rhythm on the big upright bass.Blue Heron Productions manager Dave Reynolds, of Glenwood Springs, is responsible for bringing this quintet to our village. Cadillac Sky hasn’t played in Glenwood before, let alone the Hotel Colorado, but they have heard from friends who have just how cool it is.



“We’ve always had a good response in Colorado,” Simpson said. “It’s a beautiful place to play and an easy place to get inspired. It should be a great show.”Contact John Gardner: 945-8515, ext. 16604jgardner@postindependent.com


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