Run Boy Run band members are (from left) Grace Rolland, Jen Sandoval, Bekah Sandoval, and Matt Rolland.

Run Boy Run, Tucson’s all-acoustic Americana quartet, blends bluegrass, folk and old timey American vernacular with touches of classical style.

When the group makes its debut appearance at the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday (March 28) at 11:30 a.m., the Academy audience will have an opportunity to discover why Garrison Keillor, who has featured the band twice on “A Prairie Home Companion,” counts himself among the growing legion of Run Boy Run fans. Keillor stated, “When I hear Run Boy Run, it all comes back to me why I started doing that show back then. I hope they go on forever.” He was so impressed with the band that he wrote the liner notes to their debut album.

The unique sound of the band is rooted in the music of the Appalachian South, in the tradition of bands such as Nickel Creek, Crooked Still, and The Wailin’ Jennys. Three strong female voices sing separately and in harmony, weaving a tapestry of sound, while the award-winning fiddlers form a tight rhythmic front. Every arrangement is captivating.

Run Boy Run’s latest album, “I Would Fly,” features original songs along with a cover of a Carter Family Hit, “Hello Stranger.”

The band consists of brother and sister Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals), and sisters Bekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle, vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals). On tour, Ryan Alfred (of “Sweet Ghosts”) joins them on upright bass.

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

Bluegrass—The Way Garrison Keillor Likes It: March 2017
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