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