Since forming in 2008, The HillBenders have been winning over audiences from coast to coast with their unique style, original compositions and relentless drive. On their debut album DOWN TO MY LAST DOLLAR, the band established their hard-driving contemporary bluegrass sound reminiscent of New Grass Revival. This set of 11 originals and 2 covers was produced by Jeremy Chapman of The Chapmans and features guest appearances from Infamous Stringdusters’ Jeremy Garrett. Lead singer/mandolinist Nolan Lawrence together with band mates Jim Rea and Gary Rea on guitar and bass respectively, banjoist Mark Cassidy and Dobroist Chad “Gravy Boat” Graves channel the rawness and intensity in these well executed arrangements.
Claiming the championship title at the 2009 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition helped put The HillBenders on the map and their recent victory at the National Single Microphone Championships proved that they are a force to be reckoned with. Since then they have become a must-see act with repeat appearances at some of the country’s premiere music events including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, RockyGrass, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, International Bluegrass Music Association’s Fan Fest, Walnut Valley Festival and many more.
“Great pickers and big time entertainers. If you’re not moving while the ‘Benders are playing, there’s something wrong with you.” —Bluegrass Today
“They have honed their sound razor sharp with super tight harmonies and solid musicianship.” —Prescription Bluegrass