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The High & Wides project a big, driving sound—musical traditions re-imagined for a new century. With roots in urban Baltimore and the rural Delmarva peninsula, they draw on bluegrass backgrounds and weave in influences from new wave to old time to make music that defies boundaries while evoking an era when country, bluegrass, western swing, and early rock’n’roll mingled freely.
They have three albums: 2018’s Lifted (named for the gear theft that forced the band to re-record the completed album from scratch); 2019’s Seven True Stories feature the band’s strong songwriting and arranging; and 2022’s Blood: Family Harmony Classics, which highlights their roots with re-imaginings of songs by groups such as the Kershaw Brothers, Maddox Brothers & Rose, and the Carter Family.
Hannah Lee Thompson is an organizer and a musician originally from Brooklyn, NY. After graduating from SUNY Purchase, she worked professionally as a performer and a live sound engineer at venues like Creative Alliance and Jalopy Theater. In 2021, she made a feature length film with an old friend from college, Jordan Tetewsky, entitled Hannah Ha Ha, for which she won “Best Performance” and the film won “Best Narrative Feature” at Slamdance Film Festival, and has gone on to screen internationally at various festivals throughout 2022.
“The Apostles of Hillbilly Boogie” –Washington Post
“The High & Wides first CD, Lifted, is quietly revolutionary.” –David Bromberg