High energy, rootsy bluegrass with a kick!
Original bluesgrass quintet from Denver, Co.
When Liz Forster (singer + guitar player) met Keenan Copple (banjo + slide guitar player)at a music store in 2013, the pair discovered they were NW Denver neighbors and began playing music together almost immediately. Weekly jam nights with Keenan, Liz and Phil Hanceford (mandolin and vocals) materialized, and the trio began the search for a bass player.
On a friend's recommendation, they called on Carbondale native (bassist and vocalist) Sheena Gruber. Forster says, 'We caught a lucky break with Sheena. She plays terrific bass, sings and looks like Bonnie Raitt, and is a great fit for us vibe-wise.' After their very first practice as a four-piece, the lineup was established, and Ginny Mules were born! Fast forward to the spring of 2016, and the mule pack expanded to include the incredible (Juilliard grad) Rebekah Durham on fiddle, bringing her virtuosic talents and general bad-assery to the band. The real MULES were born, and the work began.
Drawing from many different elements of Americana music and heritage, each member brings their own brand of Appalachian music, Blues, Classical, Folk & Bluegrass to the table. The end result sounds a lot like BLUESGRASS, with a focus on tight vocal harmonies and carrying on the tradition of the high lonesome sound. Still, it is the raw, bluesier elements that give Ginny Mules their distinctive sound. According to Copple, 'it's like bluegrass with a little extra stank on it.'
Performing since 2015, Ginny Mules release their debut recording on December 2nd, 2016 and plan to take their high-energy show on the road! In the meantime, they love sharing the stage with many other amazing Colorado bands and opening up for their musical heroes in and around Denver!
Influences: Steeldrivers, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings Machine, Del McCoury Band, Flatt & Scruggs, John Hartford, Hot Rize, Dawg, Bill Monroe, John Reischman