Scarlet features local talent
Up-and-coming alt-country band Lake County Rain, who take their name from the northernmost county of the Ark Valley and their style from the free-wheeling mountain lifestyle required to lived there, are playing Leadville’s Scarlet stage this Saturday, Dec. 9, at 9 p.m. The band will liven up the night with Americana music that’s easy to dance to and even easier to relate to, living in the heart of the country at 10,000 feet.
Lake County Rain describe their music as deeply rooted in location, “with ‘Junkyard’ Jason Taylor’s train-whistle harmonica evoking Leadville’s bygone mining boom, and Ned Warner’s lyricism and joyous voice offering honest stories that mirror his own westward migration.”
Next to Taylor and Warner, the band comprises drummer Abel Corral, bassist Colin Kovaks, guitarist Josh Alford, and their newest member, 24 West’s Sam Galey, on pedal steel.
Locals may have seen Lake County Rain perform most recently at the Elks Halloween party, Leadville Boom Days and the BBQ & Brews fest in 2015 and 2016. Since then, they’ve recorded their first full-length album, Welcome to the Country, and re-formed with new members.
“We’ve evolved over the years from being a bluegrass band with no drummer,” said Warner, “and come to a new place with a lot of talented musicians.”
Lake County Rain began with Warner and Junkyard meeting by chance at an open mic event, where they discovered an excellent musical chemistry bubbling between them. They got to work immediately, growing out their sound, recording music videos and their first EP, which was listed as one of the top 25 underground albums of 2016 on nerdist.com. On Saturday, they’ll perform fresh takes of old songs, an homage to the late Tom Petty, and material from their latest album.
The Scarlet is Leadville’s most popular bar scene, with a newly erected and much bigger stage in the back, pool tables and familiar faces in a wide-open setting perfect to warm up in on cold winter nights. It’s located at 326 Harrison Ave. at the corner of East Fourth Street.
Get a taste of Lake County Rain’s style on Spotify or Apple Music, where their latest album is streaming, or visit their website at LakeCountyRain.com. Listen closely to the lyrics, anthemic for a life spent far from the Front Range: “Say goodbye to uptown rooms and French perfume … what you need ain’t at the store … welcome to the country.”
Also in Leadville
The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum attracts visitors to its 75,000-square-foot exhibit space and engages the community regularly with educational programs year-round.
Since October, a community film series, “Mining Goes to the Movies,” has been running on West Ninth Street every Friday night, with a new mining movie screening every week. This Friday finishes off the series with Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider.
When a mining camp in California is terrorized by big business bent on stealing up the land, a mysterious preacher rolls in to deal out justice in blood and gunpowder in a classic 1985 drama. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Richard Dysart, Michael Moriarty and John Russell, this saga of bygone small-town mining, before greed and automation reigned, will help paint the picture of Leadville’s own mining history.
The movie starts at 6 p.m. in the Moolick Library room, one hour after touring ends. Tickets are $10 and include an educational discussion led by former Lake County Assessor Howard Tritz.
The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is located at 120 W. Ninth St. in Leadville, and is open to the public all week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.