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Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband offer down-home appeal

Samantha PalGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband, a country-bluegrass acoustic outfit from Utah, are bringing their varied musical talents to the Hotel Colorado at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3.Bluegrass and the sounds of Nashville influence the band members, who play instruments including the guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo and fiddle.Shupe says on the band’s Web site that he formed the “Rubberband” after having numerous break-ups with flaky band members, thinking that the Rubberband could just be a rotation of musicians for each gig. The four musicians that stepped in became permanent members, however, and the band has been working together full time since 1999.

“You have to love playing music and that’s why I like these guys,” Shupe says on their Web site. “If any of us were in it to be famous or make money, I don’t think it would have worked.”They signed a recording contract with Capitol records after pitching their completed album, “Dream Big,” to the label, saying that “they did it on their own and on their own terms.”Recorded in an Utah home-turned-studio, Shupe and the Rubberband tried to capture the energy of their live show in the album. “Dream Big” is available online through their Web site.

Band-member Craig Miner makes many of his own instruments and Shupe plays a fiddle he found in his great aunt’s closet, proving that Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband have plenty of down-home appeal.Tickets are available at http://www.glenwoodconcerts.com, the Hotel Colorado and Glenwood Music and are $18 in advance and will be $25 at the door. Kids younger than 12 are free with a paid adult.For more information, and to listen to some of the band’s music, go to http://www.shupe.net.

Contact Samantha Pal: 384-9105spal@postindependent.com

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