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Mountain Standard Time releases debut album

:: Mountain Standard Time ::
:: Aggie Theatre :: February 17  ::
:: Cervantes’ Masterpiece :: February 18 ::
:: Fox  Theatre :: February 19 ::

By Fallon Anderson

Over the past three or four decades, bluegrass has grown an entirely new branch from its original all-strings ensemble design to an open ended jam session, where different instrumentation is encouraged. Colorado is home to some of the nation’s greatest bluegrass acts, varying from the classic all strings lineup all the way to a brass infused, drum-backed euphonic get-down. Bluegrass fusion has ignited the Front Range with intermingled genres, winding lyrical mazes, and all night dance parties. And a growing cog in the wheel of this newfound species comes in the form of Nederland’s own Mountain Standard Time.

With its members hailing from all across the country, MST provides a look into the world of redefined bluegrass. Originally formed as a four piece string band, the Mountain Standard Time of today has been three years in the making. Now a six piece act boasting not only acoustic guitar, mandolin, and banjo parts, but welcoming the drums, saxophone, and an electric bass, there’s nothing these boys don’t throw into the mix.

“I don’t know how to describe what it is that we do other than the fact that from song to song, from writer to writer, it definitely changes,” said guitarist and vocalist Stan Sutton, during a recent interview with The Marquee.

2011 marks not only the third anniversary of Mountain Standard Time, but the second annual Mardi Grass celebration and the debut album for the group.

Intending to lay down a six track EP, MST’s recording experience turned into a full-blown debut album. “It’s music for everybody,” Sutton said. “It’s something that we’re proud to represent and show to other people. We’re not targeting a specific age group or a certain type of person.”

Mastered by Grammy award winner David Glasser, the self-titled album seemingly takes on the role of a Railroad Earth/String Cheese Incident love child. “The songs are really what count,” Sutton said. “We all draw from the music we enjoy listening to and the music we’ve created in the past. I think the way that we relate to each other personally reflects in our music.”

Ranging from classic bluegrass tunes to electronic funk jams, every track of Mountain Standard Time — which will be released online February 15, and in physical form on February 17 — is a testament to the band’s maturation over the last few years. “With the album, now we have something that we’ve taken our time with and really put a lot of love and effort into and we have something we feel represents a piece of who we are,” Sutton said.

To celebrate the release of their debut album, Mountain Standard Time is hosting a three-night bash across the Front Range; hitting the Aggie Theatre, Cervante’s, and the Fox. Marking their second annual Mardi Grass celebration, this three-night run is sure to be a non-stop musical affair of epic proportion. “It’s going to be a celebration of coming together and making good music with good people,” Sutton said, unable to hide a smirk. “It’s gonna be big and it’s gonna be fun.”

The Mardi Grass of 2010 not only brought MST their first headlining show at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, it also brought their first Fox sell-out. This year the cast of Mardi Grass is star-studded, with both the Denver and Boulder soirees featuring Railroad Earth members Todd Sheaffer and John Skehan. “It just ended up working out, I don’t even know how it happened but they’re into it,” Sutton said of the guest appearances.

Still young and on the rise, but now with a bit of experience under their belts, Mountain Standard Time has already helped to define what it is to be a part of Colorado’s untouchable music scene. “It doesn’t matter where you’re from or who you are; when you come to this area of the country you feel it. There’s a difference in the way people interact with one another and the focus of interests and all that stuff,” Sutton concluded. “We’d like to think we try and represent that with our music.”

:: Mountain Standard Time ::

:: Aggie Theatre :: February 17 ::

:: Cervantes’ Masterpiece :: February 18 ::

:: Fox Theatre :: February 19 ::

Recommended if you Like:

• Railroad Earth

• Greensky Bluegrass

• String Cheese Incident

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