Higher Ground Bluegrass

"We like to brainstorm the personal side and bring it out in our music, so other people relate to it and feel like you've written a song just for them. That's what I enjoy about the writing side, but it takes time to learn how to do it."

Higher Ground Bluegrass (HGB) has established itself as a premier Bluegrass band in New Mexico. Founded by “Duke” Weddington (Banjo, Guitar, Vocals) in 1998, HGB is now venturing into their 24th year as a musical ensemble. Band members include Dave Devlin (Mandolin, Resophonic Guitar), Fred Bolton (Guitar, vocals), Pat Mahoney (Fiddle, Vocals), Laura Leach-Devlin (Bass, Vocals). Performing original material penned by members of the group, the band also plays a variety of traditional and contemporary selections influenced by the American traditions of folk, bluegrass, Celtic, country, and rock ‘n roll. Their philosophy remains one of developing dynamic arrangements of their original material, as well as lesser known songs, and adding something new and unique to standard bluegrass tunes to make them their own. With four members providing vocal contributions, the swapping of lead and harmonies offers something new and appealing for each song in their repertoire. HGB has recorded eight independent albums: Black and White – Faded and Torn (2001); People, Places, Memories (2003); Miles and Miles (2008); Bluegrass Classics (2013); HGB V (2016); CLANN (2017), HGB20 (2018 – 20th Anniversary Album). HGB20 was nominated in SIX 2019 New Mexico Music Award Categories and received the NMMA awards for Best Bluegrass (“Tinderbox” written by Laura Leach Devlin) and Best Instrumental (“Passing Lane” written by Pat Mahoney), bringing their total to 5 New Mexico Music Awards (2004, 2017, 2018, 2019) for their original music. Their eighth album, Auburn Sky, Duke’s second instrumental album, was released on December 27, 2019. The album was nominated in 5 New Mexico Music Award Categories. HGB has opened for Peter Rowan, Tim O’Brien, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Jim Lauderdale, The Infamous Stringdusters, and the band serves as the Host Band for the Southwest Pickers Annual Bluegrass and Traditional Music Festival. HGB delivers a superb blend, and interpretation of Bluegrass music, extending boundaries.


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