Turkeyfoot band

April 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

For a musical style born out of rural Kentucky, and initially popularized by a single band, bluegrass has a surprising knack for attracting people from all walks of life. For Jordan Brandenburg (Mandolin), Michael Rudolph (Bass), Bridger Dunnagan (Fiddle), Dave Pailet (Guitar), and Alex Koukov (Banjo), bluegrass has been a way to connect with others, to make friends and to cultivate joy, so it’s no surprise that community is at the center of their band ethos. The five friends, who comprise Denver’s next big bluegrass band, Turkeyfoot, share momentous instrumental talent, an enthusiasm for collaboration, and some serious songwriting chops. The band originally honed their tight groove playing around one condenser mic at a weekly local jam, and have firmly instilled themselves in the hearts of Colorado’s bluegrass community. As a realtor, a family physician, a landman, a barista, and a fine cheese salesman, they know their beloved Denver from many angles, and the connection shows. This past year, Turkeyfoot took second place in the Rockygrass Band Contest, a coveted prize that has launched the careers of band such as Nora Jane Struthers and Front Country. Although the band fell shy of winning, they were the top Colorado band to place. “The most surprising thing for me was the amount of support we were shown from the spectators, we were really feeling the home state love” explains Brandenburg.