Telluride Bluegrass: Two Runner Opens The Show, Friday, 5/16!

The 50th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival takes place June 15 – June 18. The event is sold out. There is no waitlist. If you are looking for tickets, use the Festivarian Forum to connect with other festival-goers. But tickets are still available for Nightgrass. (Click here.)

Learn more about other Planet Bluegrass festivals at www.bluegrass.com.

Please scroll down to check out our podcast with Paige Anderson and Emily Rose of Two Runner.

Go here for more on Telluride Bluegrass. (Podcasts with Bluegrass legends back to 2009.)

In our chat, there was an exuberant goof-ballism about them. But is this duo the future of roots music? Festavarians get to weigh in when Two Runner opens the show on Friday, June 16, at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

Two Runner is songwriter/banjo player Paige Anderson and fiddle player Emile Rose, both born and grew up in the very same small town of Nevada City in Northern California.

Emilie was raised on the Scottish fiddle and attended fiddle camps starting at age 9. Early days she led Celtic band “The String Sisters” who played together for 10 years in the Sierra Nevada Foothills.

Emilie took her fiddle out of NorCal to study at Berklee College of Music, graduating in 2020. In her studies, she was mentored by greats such as Bruce Molsky, Natalie Haas, and Darol Anger. After graduation, Emilie returned home and soon banded up with Paige.

Front woman Paige grew up touring in her family bluegrass band starting at the tender age of 9. The sextet traveled for about 12 years as the Anderson Family Bluegrass and, later, The Fearless Kin. In fact, in 2015 the Andersons competed in the Telluride Bluegrass troubadour context, but lost to Lil Smokies. (Today they are all friends.)

Paige wrote her first song at 15, which kickstarted her love for songwriting. Over the past few years, she has spent time creating new music, played bass for Family of the Year (2018), wrote a number new songs, and has been working diligently on a new sound for herself and Two Runner.

Two Runner’s debut album is titled Modern Cowboy. It was recorded in just two days in Franklin, Tennessee, at Dark Horse Recording. The 8-track live release is a selection of songs the duo have loved playing live since getting together in 2021. Modern Cowboy should be the first of many.

This release and their live performances underline the fact this American roots duo embodies the hills they grew up in. Through the mediums of clawhammer banjo, flat-picking guitar, vocal harmonies, and old-time fiddle, Two Runner puts a hip spin on their Appalachian feel.

To learn more, check out their podcast.

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