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"Cobb, Compton, Grier and Raines.  Musicians who play with precision and exquisite synchronization.  Singing around one microphone, their music is immaculately quantized, yet incredibly human, like a heart.  Everything about stringband timing wrapped up in that relaxed, tick-tock, rock-steady beat and there's nobody better in the world than these veterans." - Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots
It was just another night in Nashville: four friends—revered acoustic musicians—got together in a living room. The music bounced, danced, gathered strength, and lifted them in a way that only happens with the right players.

So, they formed a band and named it Helen Highwater—the tough, whimsical goddess of string band music. It’s David Grier on guitar, Missy Raines on bass, Mike Compton on mandolin, Shad Cobb on fiddle, and power vocals from all four, now available for booking.

These are musicians who have performed for decades. Their music is rooted but not frozen, recognizable but not predictable, comfy but not smug. It’s also a steel-railed groove of steam-powered drive—Gid Tanner and Bill Monroe stoking the coal car and one band barreling ahead, eyes around the curve.

Helen Highwater Stringband Performs "Blue Train"

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John Hartford Memorial Festival
June 4, 2016 4PM ET Main Stage Bean Blossom IN “The Most Laid Back Festival In America”


Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza Sunday, June 5th, 2016 8PM Worthington OH


High Mountain Hay Fever Festival July 7 & 8, 2016 Westcliffe, CO

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July 9 & 10, 2016 Big Horn Mountain Festival Buffalo WY

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