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Drunken Hearts Return to the WinterWonderGrass Stage in February

01/07/2022 02:50PM ● By Rachel Miller

Photo by Tobin Voggesser

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – The renowned and highly anticipated WinterWonderGrass music festival is slated to return the Yampa Valley at Steamboat Resort, February 25-27. Celebrating its 10th year in Colorado, this festival has grown from a small parking lot gathering in Edwards, CO, to sold-out weekends in Steamboat Springs. 

Remaining true to its eclectic vibe and community spirit, WinterWonderGrass held strong against the hardships of a global pandemic and is ready to have artists return to its stage in the Knoll Lot at Steamboat Resort. 

Returning to the stage in February is the Colorado-based group Drunken Hearts. Known for their electric Americana music, honest heartfelt lyrics and acoustic instruments, Drunken Hearts is excited to come back to the acclaimed Colorado festival and rock the stage in their home state. 

“The collaborations and community spirit that is created each year feels like a giant family,” says Andrew McConathy, singer/songwriter for Drunken Hearts. “Scotty and his team really do a great job encouraging the artists to dig in, hang out with other artists, and cross-pollinate ideas, really trying to bring you in and make you feel like you’re home and that’s really special.” 

Formed in 2011 in Vail – and originally named Andrew McConathy and Friends – the acoustic trio evolved into what is now a five-piece band that is making a name for themselves in a state known for its world-class music. Incorporating life’s tragedies and daily hardships into their writing, McConathy and the Drunken Hearts create something raw and real in each of their songs. 

Recently, the Drunken Hearts released their new five-song video EP “Wildflower Sessions,” recorded at the Wildflower Pavilion at Planet Bluegrass in Lyons, CO. Incorporating natural acoustic sounds and authentic songwriting, Wildflower Sessions tells the stories of love and loss, mental health, and the effects of COVID-19. 

In the first track on the EP, “New Reseda,” McConathy sings a story of a man on a long journey back home to the girl he loves. The second track, “Beat Up, Beat Down, and Broken,” was written in honor of McConathy’s late best friend. A beautiful sadness comes about as McConathy sings the wholehearted lyrics, “Beat up, beat down and broken…we all still shine.”

Drawing music inspiration from John Prine, Sturgill Simpson, Tom Petty, Tyler Childers and Billy Strings, the Drunken Hearts plan to continue performing their natural, authentic sound and reconnecting with fans in 2022.  

Drunken Hearts is scheduled to take the WinterWonderGrass stage in Steamboat Springs on Friday, February 25. “I’m just excited to get back to the mountains,” says McConathy. “I’m so proud to join the WWG team and celebrate 10 years.” 

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*Please note, Steamboat Resort lift tickets, Mountaintop Dinner tickets and Grass After Dark tickets are not included in regular festival admission and must be purchased separately.