Lo-Fi Breakdown

Lo-Fi Breakdown


Lo-Fi Breakdown is a high energy, traditional bluegrass quintet based in Asheville, NC. A Lo-Fi show recreates all that is missed from the old days...a tight band working around 1 microphone, a vintage look, soulful songs & fast pickin'.


"With a vintage look and a fierce, raw sound, Lo-Fi Breakdown brings undiluted old-school bluegrass roaring into the 21st century." - MountainXpress Staffwriter (Asheville, NC)

"Lo-Fi put on an incredible performance of straight-up, raw bluegrass with an energy and enthusiasm so intense that you couldn't help smiling the whole time. And you could tell by the musicians' expressions that they loved every second of it."
- Carla Kucinski, Editor, Go Triad (Greensboro, NC)

"These folks are about as fine as they come in the bluegrass business." - Jim Shumate, legendary fiddler with Flatt & Scruggs and Bill Monroe

Lo-Fi Breakdown is a well traveled, spirited bluegrass quintet addicted to the authentic power of traditional mountain music. The band began in Utah in 2002 and soon relocated to Asheville, North Carolina in 2003. Their tours have taken them out to San Francisco, CA and up to Seattle, WA; from Atlanta to Boston, New York and even up the rugged coast of Maine.

Wherever they are, the golden sounds from the 1940s and 50s bluegrass bands of Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers and Flatt and Scruggs follow them. The historical inspiration that informs this band has led them to the old sound and look.

When you see them on stage you won't be able to resist the vintage look of suits and hats and the energy of a tight band working around a single microphone. Over their years together, Lo-Fi has entertained crowds into the early morning hours with a variety of styles and moods that only comes after years of experience together.

During the past five years Lo-Fi Breakdown has shared the stage with such acts as the great Del McCoury Band, mandolin master Sam Bush, songster Robert Earl Keen, fiddle legend Jim Shumate and their great and talented North Carolina contemporaries Polecat Creek and Chatham County Line, among others.

A recent testimonial says it all...

"Thank you so very much for recommending Lo-Fi Breakdown for our Fall Art Festival. Not only were the musicians professional and easy to work with, but they were very talented and entertaining. We look forward to having Lo-Fi Breakdown return for future events."
- Heather Goss, Executive Director, The Reserve at Lake Keowee Fall Art Festival (Sunset, SC)


Lo-Fi Breakdown (self-titled LP released in 2004 of mostly original material and a few traditional songs)

This Piece of Ground (January 2008) This album was recorded at the wonderful Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville , NC in September 2007. While more expansive than their self-titled debut, the new record features the signature hard-edged bluegrass playing of the band’s earlier work, coupled with an ear toward the even more refined, expressive songwriting of late. There are even some forays into old-time territory that really showcase the band’s commitment to early styles while forging their own path in traditional American music.

"In essence, This Piece of Ground is an excellent blend of traditional and original bluegrass from a group with limitless potential." - Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

Both albums are available through: contact@lofibreakdown.com

This Piece of Ground now available online at: cdbaby.com/cd/lofibreakdown and Apple iTunes

Set List

Lo-Fi is capable of playing anywhere between 1 and 4 hours of music, depending on our client's interests. Our typical sets run 45 minutes to an hour in length. We perform a mix of traditional bluegrass, old-time, and original material.

In addition to traditional and original material, the band is also fond of and has performed songs from such diverse bands as The Grateful Dead, Gillian Welch, Phish, and The Flaming Lips. You never know what you're gonna get! (But it'll be good!)