KRWG Benefit Brings Back The Hard Road Trio -

This local band has been performing benefit concerts for local NPR affiliate KRWG almost as long as they’ve been making music together. Many of those concerts have taken place at the Rio Grande Theatre. It’s almost become a tradition. If you haven’t yet experienced that tradition, this is your chance. The Hard Road Trio will perform their annual benefit concert at the Rio Grande Theatre on Friday, April 22, 2022, from 7 – 9:30 p.m.

The Hard Road Trio has captured the attention of audiences across the country for close to 20 years now, with the depth of their songwriting and the power of their distinctive voices. Their music grows from Steve’s love of bluegrass rooted in his native Virginia, the beauty of choral singing ever-present in Chris’ Minnesota childhood and the tradition of music in Anne’s New Mexico family.  Together, their Southwestern blend of Roots and Bluegrass music provides a unique heartbeat and lilt underscored by Anne’s driving and elegant bass.

What’s easy to love about the Hard Road Trio is their soaring harmonies, which intertwine like they were made for one another. That being a strong suit, and because all three musicians are songwriters in their own right, those lovely harmonies tend to be included in every song they write. It’s as though they are constantly seeking new ways to match their vocal instruments with those they hold in their hands. Don’t be surprised if those moments don’t bring you, and the entire audience surrounding you, to your feet.

Sure, you can probably catch a video or two on YouTube, but if you do, you’re only getting one small part of the picture. To see a Hard Road Trio concert is to experience what live music is all about. Do you like spontaneous interaction between band members and the audience? Do bad jokes, interesting asides and stories about how the songs came about interest you? Expect all that and even more of the kind of extemporaneous enjoyment one can’t get anywhere else, but onstage, live and in person.

Whether you’re a longtime fan or have yet to experience the Hard Road Trio in concert, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Get your tickets now and find out why the Alternate Root Magazine declared, “The Hard Road Trio present their music like waves reaching for dry land. There is constant movement but nothing ragged. Each stroke or chord strum is performed with grace, the music taking on a dignity and class.” Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit the website, or call 575-541-2290.

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