This week Worship in the Woods features music as meditation from Mountain High Rise.
Mountain High Rise is an Americana/roots/modern bluegrass/”play what they like the way they like it” band. Mountain High Rise formed in 2015 when Craig Landes, Walter Grooms, Joel Geisert and Jeff Patterson bonded over their shared love of bluegrass harmonies, blues riffs and rock rhythms. They didn't know of any band they could join that combined all those sounds, so they decided they'd better start one.
In 2016, vocalist Sarah Butzen joined the group, which has since played a number of local venues, including the Port Republic Artisans Fair, the Valley Pike Farm Market, and the Staunton Performing Arts Festival. Mountain High Rise plays and sings because they love it, and they feel lucky beyond imagining to have found people who love listening.