Riding the wings of their most recent release, Potions and Poisons, recorded in their Fort Collins home, the Colorado bluegrass quartet Head for the Hills delves into the darker side of love, lust, and life in an examination of our affinity and aversion to the things that make us fragile but human.
With 10 original songs, Potions and Poisons is the most quintessential Head for the Hills album thus far, largely as a result of “the best ears in the business,” sound engineer, Aaron Youngberg. In the great tradition of bluegrass music, it delivers some heavy heart truths in this survey of the human condition. This is reflective but buoyant music, restorative and full of vibrancy.
Here’s my conversation with Head for the Hills guitarist Adam Kinghorn, in anticipation of their upcoming show at The Parliament Room at Otus Supply.
What do you remember most about your first trip to The Parliament Room at Otus Supply?
It was our first time in town and we were all blown away by the crowd and their level of energy and engagement. It was packed and a super fun show!
What band on our Fall lineup would you be most excited to see?
It's a pretty stacked concert lineup all around,... would be hard to choose just one! Fruition with The Deer is a great bill.
Is there a particular track from Potions and Poisons that deeply resonates with you?
The song Suit and Tie resonates with me because it deals with perseverance and striving to do what you love in today's money-obsessed world. If more people were able to do what they loved on a daily basis, we'd be way better off.
Talk about the notion of creating and connecting the community through your music...
There is no greater feeling than a crowd singing along to our songs and in those moments we are all connected. We can all relate to music because it makes us feel something but it can also provide an escape from our daily lives. I am privileged to be able to share my songs with you and I hope you share your songs as well.
Can you share with our readers some of the things you believe make us fragile but human?
Ooh... that's a deep question. I would argue that emotion makes us fragile but human. Emotion sparks passion and passion brings change, and we could use more passionate people in the world.
Talk about the emotional advantage of recording this album at home?
Of course, it's nice to record a record in our hometown but I believe the real advantage of recording in Ft. Collins, CO was working with engineer Aaron Youngberg. He really has the best ears in the business and his studio incorporates the finest in vintage preamps and microphones. Listen between this record and our first one and you will hear the difference sonically.
What is most special about spending your life as a touring musician?
The people we meet, the places we play, the food we eat and the coffee we breathe. Every town is unique and every show is different and we have the pleasure of experiencing it all as a close family. Above all, we are out here doing what we all love and want to be doing, that's the special part.
Just in case you were listening for one, This is a Good Sound.