Bearheart is a Nashville based band whose song writing and instrumentation often defies the Alternative Country label that is usually assigned to them. Their musical influences range from traditional bluegrass and folk to classic country and Indie Americana rock.
Within the same set, traditional bluegrass instrumentation gives way to lap steel and heavily effected electric guitar, each of which serve the unique and emotional songwriting talents of two Alabamans, lead singer Matthew Leonhardt and multi-instrumentalist Taylor McMillen.
Mobile, AL raised McMillen is a sonic chameleon, jumping between mandolin, guitar, and lap steel. Simultaneously, he contributes back up vocals and harmonies, which are a perfect counterpoint to Leonhardt's clear tenor voice.
In 2007, a chance encounter in a Tennessee university between Nashville Native percussionist Chris Barrett and Huntsville, AL born Leonhardt began a long friendship and musical collaboration. Six years later, McMillen and Los Angeles transplant and upright bass player Craig Higgins joined, and Bearheart was formed.
Between the addition of Higgins and the driving beats of Barrett came a solidified rhythm section which filled out the band's sound to create a well balanced experience. In early 2014, Jon Galletti on banjo, and Brenna Fitzgerald on fiddle joined the ranks, which helped drive Bearheart further toward their bluegrass and folk endeavors.
Since releasing their debut self-titled EP in September 2013, they have been featured on Brite Revolution's weekly sampler, featured on American Songwriter's Daily Discovery page, and were selected as one of Nashville's top 32 bands to participate in Lightning 100's Music City Mayhem 2014. In November 2014, their sophomore EP, "Glass Half Full", was released.
Bearheart is becoming well known and loved around Middle Tennessee with new songs that provide an old sense of familiarity.