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One of the top ten Arizona bands to hear now
Harmonies, strings, and a respect for heartfelt storytelling
—The Bluegrass Situation
Run Boy Run packs one major Country-Celtic-Bluegrass-Appalachian punch.
Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Tucson Americana quartet Run Boy Run blends bluegrass, folk, and the old-timey American vernacular with touches of classical and turn-of-the-century details. Their four studio albums have garnered praise from the likes of All Music Guide, Performer Magazine, PopMatters, The Guardian, and more.
The unique sound of the band is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South, continuing a sense of innovation in traditional American music put forth by bands such as Nickel Creek, Crooked Still, and the Wailin’ Jennys. Run Boy Run continues this journey into music that is dynamic, orchestral, and brimming with beauty. Band members are brother and sister Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals), and sisters Bekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle, vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals). Three strong female voices weave a tapestry of sound, and the award-winning fiddlers cut a path for a tightly formed rhythmic front. Every arrangement is—at its core—captivating. From winning the band contest at Pickin’ in the Pines in Flagstaff, Arizona (mere weeks after forming in 2009) and a special appearance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2012 to two appearances on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, Run Boy Run has become a “prevalent force in the desert music scene” (Paste Magazine).