Hot Eagle returns for month-long residency at Justice Snow’s
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What: Hot Eagle at the Americana Music Series
Where: Justice Snow’s
When: Wednesday, Aug. 3, 9 p.m.; Wednesday and Sunday nights through Aug. 31
How much: Free
More info: http://www.justicesnows.com
Hot Eagle has landed again in Aspen
The folk-rock collective begins a monthlong, nine-show residency at Justice Snow’s in Aspen tonight, returning to the Americana Music Series that members of the group founded in 2014.
The Americana series has run seasonally since then, most of them showcasing Hot Eagle’s inclusive, sometimes sprawling definition of “Americana.”
“I’m hoping to do a distilled, streamlined version of what we’ve done in the past,” said singer and guitarist Jackson Emmer.
In the past, the series has hopped between American subgenres from week to week — each one giving the band a chance to interpret a different style. This time around, it won’t be so regimented.
“We can do better by just trying to be the best that we can for a month,” Emmer said.
Hot Eagle’s current six-piece lineup also includes Sam Moss on guitar and fiddle, Ross Kribbs on fiddle, Nicole Patrick on drums, Mike Facey on bass and Chris Rose on trumpet and piano.
The series has been a showcase for the talented band and also a self-imposed challenge: Emmer and his mates would learn a massive amount of new music week to week, breaking down songs and interpreting them. The concerts in the Justice Snow’s barroom displayed a band in the act of discovery, immersing itself in American subgenres from country to rock, blues to bluegrass and folk to contemporary pop (with the occasional original song tossed in). This time around, rather than a survey course, they’re digging a little deeper into the nuances of American song.
“I missed some details at times that make a song crystalize into something amazing, like, ‘Oh, that’s why that song has lasted 100 years!’” Emmer said. “So that’s the kind of stuff I’m looking forward to.”
Hot Eagle took the winter off from the Americana series that has been its local musical home. Emmer, an Aspen native, hasn’t been back to town since he moved to Asheville, North Carolina, last fall after releasing the solo album “Last Known Photograph.” He has immersed himself in the bluegrass-heavy Asheville scene, working sound at the Isis Restaurant and Music Hall and regularly playing in the group jams at the Jack of the Woods pub.
“There are so many talented and skilled musicians there,” he said of his new home. “It’s also a small town, so you bump into people all the time. It’s already rare that I meet musicians that I don’t know or haven’t heard of.”
Emmer, who also is getting married in Aspen this month, has met up with members of Hot Eagle for gigs and regional tours around the U.S. since moving away from the Rockies. As enriching as Asheville has been, he’s excited to spend a month playing music here at home.
“Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley are really special, too,” he said. “I hold a special place for it in my heart.”
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