It was an icy winter in the Rocky Mountains and two Kentucky gentleman armed with little more than a banjo, a guitar, and an encyclopedic knowledge of bourbon, found themselves a novelty item in the high dollar ski resort of which they were employed. It wasn’t long before they hatched a plan, loaded a car, and began writing their way across the United States.They came back to Kentucky armed with inspiration for the band Gideon’s Rifle.
Predominantly influenced by traditional American roots music and Kentucky bluegrass, Gideon’s Rifle has a strong focus on vocal harmonies and arrangement. The combination of self taught folk musicians and well versed music school graduates has Gideon’s Rifle irreverently sliding in and out of Americana, folk, indie, and bluegrass.
In little over one year’s time, Gideon’s Rifle has been selected for several illustrious festivals across the country, including MidPointMusicFest, Hillbilly Days, Culturefest, STTP fest, Terrapin Hill Fest, John Hartford Memorial Fest, Moonshiner’s Ball and many others. The band’s latest work is writing the anthem song for the group “Kentucky for Kentucky” a bluegrass state revival program out of Lexington that has become world renowned. The ‘core four’ of the band is Shannon Vetter (guitar, vocals) Alex Coltharp, (banjo, vocals) Kimberly McDaniel (mandolin, vocals) Jake Siener (bass, producation)
Josh Coffey of Bawn in the Mash, and Justin Doss from Red Ember are commonly featured.
In 2014 Gideon’s Rifle won their local NPR’s WKMS’s Battle of the Bands released our first full length album, “Drawn to the Light” The winter and spring of 2015 currently finds Gideon’s Rifle recording demos and touring regionally. You can see them most frequently in Paducah, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, Lexington, Murray, St. Louis, Maysville, and Carbondale.