"Great bluegrass! Toe-tapping, energetic, and fun!
-Apple Reese, Event Planner
"Absolutely fabulous show at Milkhouse Brewery tonight!
The Hazards began as a duo featuring Matt Geiger on guitar and Eric Knowles on banjo, playing and singing the music they loved: traditional bluegrass and mountain music from the Appalachians. The partnership goes back some six years; both were prominently featured in two well-received bluegrass bands-—first Clearspring, about which the Frederick News-Post wrote, “These men go beyond the town of capable and wind up somewhere near the city of exceptional”, then with The Lovesick Hillbillies, which won second place in DCBU’s Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band competition, and was hailed by well-known bluegrass critic Ed Henry as “a force to be reckoned with.”
Matt and Eric’s fiery vocals and picking have a compelling sound and feel that one rarely encounters these days, their vocals and instrumental work woven together like the those of the early classic brother duets. Performing regularly as a duo at a small brewery in Brunswick, Maryland, Eric and Matt began to attract not only an enthusiastic following of fans, but also other like-minded and very talented musicians, and now includes Gregg Bowers on mandolin and vocals, Mark Baker on dobro and vocals, and Will Meadors on upright bass and vocals.
Some of it was fate, but each new member possessed the same rare rhythmic “feel” and drive. The outcome was astonishing to experience... the same “magical” quality of the great bluegrass bands, an irresistable “force to be reckoned with”!