Towards the outer edge of Bluegrass, where powerful drive meets outsider songwriting – that’s where you’ll find flatpicker, singer and songwriter Geoff Union. His music is a steam-powered bluegrass train driven at full throttle, wheels coming off the inside rails going around the bend and slamming down hard again in the straightaway.
Union has been playing, writing, and singing in bluegrass and acoustic bands in Austin, Texas for more than 15 years. He has performed at RockyGrass, MerleFest and a host of festivals and concert stages across the country with The Two High String Band, and continues to perform with longtime THSB band mate and mandolinist Billy Bright in the original acoustic “Billy Bright and Geoff Union Trio”. They played several festivals in 2013 including the John Hartford Festival at Bean Blossom, Indiana, Fire on the Strings, and Rice Grass. “Ragged Union”, his more traditional-minded Bluegrass outlet (with fiddle and banjo) has appeared frequently in Central Texas, toured the Midwest, and will soon be headed to Colorado for shows along the Front Range in November 2013. Geoff also performs solo, and will be traveling to the UK in October 2013 to perform at the 5th annual Lancaster Music Festival, Lancaster, England.
Union’s latest release, 2012’s Cold as Steel, is an eight-song all-original CD featuring Geoff backed up by a tight five-piece bluegrass band. The album has been aired on over 70 bluegrass stations nationwide, and its rhythmically charged style stands apart. While the flatpicking draws strongly from tradition (Watson, White, Rice, Blake, Sutton), the songwriting is a breed unto itself, not for the faint of heart. Listeners are taken on an unexpected journey, venturing into dark territory away from the safety of standard themes of feelings, love and loss.
Born and raised in North Carolina, Geoff Union has called Austin, Texas, home for twenty years. The future brings change; he will be relocating to Golden, Colorado at the end of September, 2013, where he is excited to bring his “Carolina-by way-of-Texas” sound to the Rocky Mountains. Lots of new material is in the works, including both a follow up to Cold as Steel, and a new recording project with Billy Bright. The steam powered bluegrass train keeps a-rolling on down the line. (http://geoffunion.com)