- Saturday, January 18, 2014, 10 p.m.
- Old Town Pub & Restaurant, 600 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs As the audience has grown for Nederland-based band Mountain Standard Time, so have the lessons.
The self-described Rocky Mountain freegrass band has seen an increased following, spending time last year touring the country to growing interest.
And if nothing else, it’s always nice to come home. If not for Colorado’s appreciation of its music, for the new legalization of pot.
“As soon as you leave the state, at all the border states, they’re looking for Colorado plates,” drummer Zack Scott said. “We have a van with Colorado plates and that always draws attention. Luckily, we’re all a little older and we don’t look super young or scruffy anymore. Plus we have a nice van and look legit.”
The look aside, the band’s sound has been refined and remade in the last year and a half. The band plays at 10 p.m. Saturday at Old Town Pub. The cost is $5.
In addition to Scott and stalwarts Nick Dunbar and Stanton Sutton, the group added Otis Lande on bass and former Yamn keyboardist Ryan Ebarb.
The sound, Scott said, has matured in a good way. Some sections are composed, while others keep relative looseness. It’s part Umphrey’s McGee, part old school bluegrass mixed in a kettle of rhythmic electronica, funk and rock.
“It’s added a progressive edge,” Scott said.
After returning from a cross-country tour, the band is back in Colorado for a mini tour. The band will play in Telluride, Winter Park, Steamboat, Durango, Crested Butte and then head to Salt Lake City.
“Any time we’re on our mountain run it’s fun to get into towns like Steamboat or Telluride,” Scott said. “We definitely get a different vibe. It’s our home state. People tend to get our music a little more than other places. The community feel of the Colorado music scene is nice.”
The band last played in Steamboat last winter, but played a sold out show at OTP in 2011.
With the new band members and more than 18 months of time on the road together, Scott said the band has come up with a bunch of new material and even reworked old material.
All together, the time has allowed the band to progress at home and around the country.
“Mountain Standard Time has never been smoother,” he said.
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