Inspired by traditional Folk, Country and Bluegrass, Kentucky string band Gideon's Rifle formed just over a year ago, steadily playing shows and dropping its debut recording, the "Other Places" EP, this past spring. The six musicians perform their music with banjo, guitar, violin, mandolin, upright bass, and cello, spinning fresh energy into the sound of Appalachia with impassioned playing and the group's not-so-secret weapon - vibrant male/female vocals and the airtight harmonies they encourage.
You'll Dig It If You Dig: Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, Nickel Creek
(Mike Breen - City Beat )
It was a icy winter in the Rocky Mountains, and two Kentucky gentleman armed with little more than a banjo, a guitar, and an intrinsic encyclopedia of bourbon knowledge, found themselves a novelty item in the high dollar ski resort of which they were employed. It wasn’t log before they hatched a plan, loaded a car, and began writing their way across the United States.They came back to Kentucky armed with inspiration for the band Gideon’s Rifle.
Predominantly influenced by traditional American roots music and Kentucky bluegrass, Gideon's Rifle has a strong focus on vocal harmonies and arrangement. The combination of self taught folk musicians and well versed music school graduates has Gideon's Rifle irreverently sliding in and out of Americana, Folk, Country, Bluegrass, and full on orchestration.
In little over one year’s time, Gideon’s Rifle has been selected for several illustrious festivals across the country, including MPMF, Hillbilly Days, Culturefest, STTP fest, and many others. The band’s latest work is writing the anthem song for the group “Kentucky for Kentucky” a bluegrass state revival program out of Lexington that has become world renowned.
Josh Coffey of Bawn in the Mash, Emily Caudill of Blunt Honey, Blair Joseph of Bridge 19,and Ryan Cothron of Echo Gray, are all included in the rotating second lead instrumentalists you can find playing with Gideon's Rifle on any give date!
The fall of 2013 currently finds Gideon’s Rifle obsessively recording and touring regionally. You can see them most frequently in Louisville, Paducah, Cincinnati, Nashville, Lexington, Murray, Maysville, and Carbondale.