"...One of the lonesomest, hard-drivingest traditional bluegrass bands alive...High Country manages to be fresh and exciting without even the merest nod to modern music." -Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine
Welcome. Since 1968, High Country has earned its place as the West Coast's premier traditional bluegrass band. Strongly influenced by the classic styles of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers, the band's blend of banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, guitar and bass delivers the upbeat excitement of true bluegrass music.
With driving rhythm, skillful picking and soulful singing, High Country brings the energy and experience of six seasoned professionals to this spirited American art form. After four decades of performing, the band remains fresh and exciting, bringing their love of traditional bluegrass music to an ever-widening audience.
High Country's show offers a vital mix of powerful originals and standards, from blues to breakdowns to gospels sung in close harmony. Even the songs and tunes written by band members themselves remain true to the genre, with careful attention paid to the nuances of the bluegrass style.
High Country has toured extensively in the United States, and has played many of the major bluegrass festivals, including Bill Monroe's Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, at which they were the first West Coast band ever to be invited to perform. European audiences have been particularly appreciative of the band during tours, which have included performances in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland and Finland.
High Country has nine albums to their credit including their latest, "Perfect Companions." Leader/mandolinist, Butch Waller has a recent solo release, "Golden Gate Promenade" on the Rebel label and the Waller Brothers can be heard on their recent brother duet album entitled "The Old Photograph."
Bluegrass Unlimited magazine head this to say in review of one of the band’s recordings: “They not only have captured the essential spirit of bluegrass, they have succeeded in doing it without being copyists or imitators … Butch Waller and his companions have scored a bulls eye.”
“This band has the kind of bright, warm, Flatt and Scruggs sound that dominated bluegrass in the 60s...a welcome switch from technical flash to back porch virtuosity.”
— Billboard Magazine