At the Abbey Bar.
The result of a chance meeting of former high school classmates, Colebrook Road has become a standout string band, a bluegrass powerhouse made up of five individuals whose sum is more than the total of their talents.
From modest beginnings as a four-piece band playing a thirty-minute opening set outside Harrisburg, PA, Colebrook Road now plays as a five-piece ensemble composed of lead singer, guitar player, and lead songwriter Jesse Eisenbise. Mandolinist, harmony guru, and winner of the 2014 Watermelon Park Bluegrass festival mandolin contest Wade Yankey serves as half the rhythm section, rounded out by upright bassist, tenor vocalist, once-sound-engineer-now-band-member Jeff Campbell. Banjoist, bass vocalist, dobro player, and winner of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival banjo contest Mark Rast makes four, with fiddler, baritone vocalist, and winner of the 2015 Deer Creek Fiddler’s Convention bluegrass fiddle contest Joe McAnulty rounding out the group.
Man About a Horse
Let’s face it, Philadelphia isn’t exactly known as the bluegrass music capital of the world. While the city’s thriving music scene is one of the best in the nation, Philly’s signature sound in the twenty-tens has much more to do with distortion guitars than banjos. That’s just one of many reasons that the chance encounter in 2014 between two Northern Liberties neighbors that led to the formation of Man About a Horse was so unlikely. Three years later, the band has blossomed into one of the area’s most exciting bands on the American roots music scene.
This quintet is known for its vocal harmonies–to which all five members contribute–its uptempo, high-energy sets, and its rock-solid, authentic songwriting. While bluegrass music is sometimes typecast as the sleepy, back porch sing-along, Man About a Horse infuses its music with flurries of sixteenth notes on banjo, fiddle, and mandolin that makes their shows hearken to bluegrass’ roots as dance music.