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Harder than your Traditional Bluegrass: The High 48s

Crossings At Carnegie
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The High 48s make music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences. Enjoy their lively show on Fri., Apr. 20, at 7:30 p.m. on the Crossings stage.

In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a band of songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the “festival favorites.”

The band takes its name from railroad slang for the boxcars originally used to transport troops on the front lines in WWI that could carry 40 soldiers or 8 horses, and were later used in the US on fast-moving “hot shot” freight trains by train hoppers looking for work during the Great Depression.

These musicians found a passion for bluegrass after playing rock, alternative country, indie rock, punk and jazz, and they play original songs created from a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs.