The bluegrass duo Sugar Moon is a rising star on the front range, and the reason for the pair's popularity is clear on their first album, Special Shade of Blue.” - Kyle Harris


Press Release

Sugar Moon Announces Release of New Album

Special Shade of Blue

Sugar Moon is releasing their debut EP, Special Shade of Blue, June 10, 2020.  Recorded at Vermillion Road Studio in Longmont, the album consists of seven previously unreleased tracks. Sugar Moon’s core duo, Elli Gauthier Varas (vocals, guitar, musical saw) and Kyra Holt (vocals, banjo, fiddle), are joined by Eric Wiggs, who’s subtle additions with the bass, mandolin, and dobro add depth and balance to the sound. Together, Sugar Moon is the perfect acoustic brew, with Special Shade of Blue proving to be a welcome IPA:  strong, earthy, and bittersweet.  


As part of the  Colorado bluegrass scene, Sugar Moon is also unique in their makeup: the core duo are both women, and in such a male-dominated genre their music is undeniably feminine  — both in the musical aesthetic and lyrical themes.   Gaining momentum up and down the front range, they were finalists in the Ullrgrass Band Competition, and have been featured on KCFR’s “Locally Sourced” radio program.  The amazing local fiddler Christie Schneider is joining the duo frequently for shows in 2020.

Sugar Moon came to life in 2017, growing from the members' shared love for both traditional bluegrass and original songwriting. The duo is planning a virtual release party via Facebook Live for Special Shade of Blue so that friends may tune in safely from home. More details can be found at the band’s facebook page:

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