A self-taught guitar-playing roots-rocker and a classically trained violinist meet and fall in love. It’s the classic fairy-tale story of unlikely pairings. For Cold Springs Road, the real story is in the music that is created when the two worlds meet. The husband and wife duo of Brian and Ranita Hurst entertain diverse audiences with their unique brand of music
After touring with and fronting several acts (The I-10s, The Sober Rogues, The Nightcrawlers, March Brown and others), Brian Hurst was looking for a way other than late nights and loud guitars to present his music. He didn't have to look too far when his wife Ranita added some fiddle to a song demo and then decided to learn the mandolin. As they started working through songs together, the sound that became Cold Springs Road started to blossom.
Brian is excited by this new direction in his music. "It's a challenge" he said, "to write and arrange songs for a two-piece band when I'm used to the luxury of a full band. I can't just add another guitar solo to make it interesting. And I wanted to keep this album close to something we could replicate when we play live for an audience." These self-imposed limits have pushed their creativity in other ways. "It's pushed me" notes Ranita. "He grew up playing bluegrass, I was raised on classical music. We've had to meet somewhere in the middle." And she also adds with a laugh, "Our middle is much closer to his early influences."