REVIEW: RUSH RUN PHILHARMONIC AT FIDDLEHEAD BY VAUGHN JUDSON

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On Saturday, October 19th 2013, I went out to see Rush Run Philharmonic at their first performance at the Fiddlehead near Snowshoe. The warm glowing interior of the mountain bar was welcoming after the cold rain, and it was already full of patrons enjoying drinks and dinner. What everyone had on their plates looked really good, and I quickly joined them with wine and a delicious entree of my own.
Rush Run is smooth. I love their rich harmonies and haunting, lyrical repertoire. They have three accomplished guitar players, a bass, and four singers, three men and a woman, taking turns singing and playing lead.

The heart and soul of the band is Phil Rolleston with his strong lead vocals and dominant guitar on tunes like “The Weight” and “Seminole Wind.” Patrick Gabbert adds savvy guitar riffs and wry vocal renditions on classic favorites such as “Poncho and Lefty”, and “City of New Orleans.” Ginger Must provides a lilting feminine presence to complex harmonies and on lead vocals like “Gulf Coast Highway” and “Rise to the Occasion.”. Randy Thomas’s strong rhythm guitar and vocals underpin the band’s sound and his lead vocals, as on” Long Black Veil,” further diversify Rush Run’s scope. Bob Must’s work on bass grounds, and deepens the band’s full sound.

These musicians have played successfully alone for years and now have come together to bring their favorite music to the wider public. Their approach is full of love and respect for the material, and creates a deeply rewarding experience for fans who come out to hear them.

– Vaughn Judson. Oct 23, 2013.

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