Head For The Hills Brings Dark Undertones To Bluegrass On ‘Potions And Poisons’

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Head For The Hills has become a major name in Colorado bluegrass since forming in 2003. The Fort Collins quartet is a mainstay at music festivals, including this year's Jazz Aspen Snowmass on July 6 and Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest in August.

The band released its fourth album, "Potions And Poisons," last month. It's the first record without founding member Mike Chappell, who left the band in 2015. The group has since recruited mandolinist Sam Parks, who adds a new sound. Head for the Hills members call "Potions And Poisons" their most definitive album yet.

Bassist Matt Loewen and fiddle player Joe Lessard spoke with Colorado Matters host Andrea Dukakis about the personnel change, the themes of addiction and heartbreak on the album, and the state of bluegrass music in Colorado.

Watch the music video for the "Potions And Poisons" song "Bitter Black Coffee"