Local Rockstars: Chain Station

Chain Station is a bluegrass band hailing from Denver, Colorado that has been entertaining and writing music together for over a decade. The band was formed in the summer of 2006 when Alex Thoele and Jon Pickett met while playing guitars around a campfire in Estes Park, Colorado. In 2010, they were joined by mandolin player and fellow midwesterner Jarett Mason. The most recent addition to the band is Chris “C-Bob” Elliot on banjo and vocals, who joined in December 2018.

Chain Station is a four-piece band that is known for its high-energy performances and its ability to get audiences out on the dance floor. Their music is deeply rooted in Americana and features high, lonesome vocal harmonies. Their picking style ranges from fast-paced to mountain mellow, making them appealing to both traditional bluegrass fans and fans of newgrass.

One of the things that set Chain Station apart is their original songs, which are full of creativity and fun. These songs flow from the mountains, through the band, and right back to the audience, creating a pure mountain music experience. It’s clear that the band members love what they do and they engage their growing fan base with energy and stage antics that ensure a memorable night out.

Chain Station has released several albums over the years, including “Dancin’ With the Law” in 2013, “Chain Up Volume 1” (a live album) in 2015, “Where I Want To Be” in 2016, and “Backroads” in 2019. They have also directly supported bands such as The Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, The Devil Makes Three, and many more.

Despite only being together for eight years, Chain Station has honed its skills through relentless gigging in and around Colorado, the Midwest, and Canada. This has made them one of the tightest, most professional bands on the scene today. If you’re a fan of bluegrass or just love a good time, be sure to check out a Chain Station performance. You won’t be disappointed.