Progressive bluegrass band Mayhem Gulch’s debut album “Headed West” showcases the diverse songwriting and instrumental prowess of the five-piece string band from Boulder, Colorado. Recorded at a studio nestled deep in a high-elevation pine forest in the Rocky Mountains, the group offers a diverse palette of all-original songs ranging from the compelling vocal harmonies of “Run for the Hills,” the cheerful bluegrass of “Oregon Bound,” to the mournful Nashville sound of “Driver’s Seat”.
Originally formed in 2013, Mayhem Gulch features the classic bluegrass lineup of mandolin, banjo, dobro, guitar and upright bass, with lead and harmony vocals from all five band members. After coming together at Rockygrass Academy in Lyons, CO, Chris Newton (banjo, vocals) and Justin Konrad (dobro, vocals) began writing and performing with Sean Davis (guitar, vocals) as a trio. With the addition of Dave Willis (mandolin, vocals) and Chelsea Chason (bass, vocals), the band’s sound was complete and their chemistry undeniable.
Since then, the band has developed into a tight instrumental and vocal unit with an extensive catalog of original material as well as its own take on a few well-chosen bluegrass and Americana classics. Most recently, dobro player Justin Konrad won first place in the 2016 Rockygrass dobro competition, highlighting the strong instrumental chops that are an integral part of the Mayhem sound.
Mayhem Gulch performs regularly throughout the Colorado Front Range, including notable venues such as Boulder’s Mountain Sun, Conor O’Neils, Rayback Collective, Boulder Beer, Upslope, Longmont’s Dickens Opera House, and the Rockygrass Band Competition; at festivals such as Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival, and Rapidgrass Bluegrass Festival; as well as at weddings and private events.