Greensky Bluegrass: “If Sorrows Swim”

Greensky Bluegrass “If Sorrows Swim” Thirty Tigers Greensky Bluegrass brings it. This is not Bill Monroe’s bluegrass (although Monroe could toss a scorcher in there at will); the music has expanded beyond the accepted form for years now, into newgrass (thanks to Sam Bush and many others) and jamgrass (String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain and […]

Infamous Stringdusters: “Laws of Gravity”

Infamous Stringdusters “Laws of Gravity” Compass Records The Infamous Stringdusters have always been difficult to categorize. That’s part of their charm. Part traditional bluegrass (leaning on sound bluegrass instrumentation, namely guitar, Dobro, banjo, fiddle, and standup bass), part jam band (extended sets of songs in their live shows in which one song triggers another), and […]

Feature: The Infamous Stringdusters

The Infamous Stringdusters June 13, 2016 Nearly ten years on, The Infamous Stringdusters have carved out a  singular place for themselves in the bluegrass/jamgrass world. The Stringdusters tour aggressively, are fixtures on the festival circuit, and have released several intriguing recording projects since late 2015: one, an EP of covers, including Tom Petty’s “American Girl”, […]

Andy Hall/Roosevelt Collier: “Let The Steel Play”

Andy Hall/Roosevelt Collier “Let The Steel Play” Andy Hall Music Steel guitar can prompt many visceral responses. Gutty, aspirational, down and dirty. Few musicians grab the essence of the sound, so when two collaborate on a single release, it’s cause for attention. Roosevelt Collier and Andy Hall have been playing their respective instruments, variations on […]

“Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark” By Tamara Saviano

“Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark” By Tamara Saviano Texas A&M University Press Guy Clark. The name conjures any matter of images: songwriter, hellcat, luthier, soul mate, story-teller, music icon. Guy Clark’s life and work cry out for an appreciation, if not an organization. Clark died in 2016 and […]

Dustbowl Revival Jon Stickley Trio The Station Inn Nashville, Tennessee March 15, 2017

Dustbowl Revival Jon Stickley Trio The Station Inn Nashville, Tennessee March 15, 2017 The Station Inn is Nashville’s self-styled “World Famous” venue for bluegrass and roots music for over forty years. Over time, the area around The Station Inn (much like the rest of Nashville) has changed, swapping gritty and sweaty for shiny and slick. […]

Della Mae In Concert Port City Music Hall Portland, Maine May 31, 2015

Della Mae In Concert Port City Music Hall Portland, Maine May 31, 2015 Della Mae give it their all. In the midst of a Northeast run in support of their self-titled Rounder release, “Della Mae”, the band took the Port City Music Hall stage on a rainy Sunday evening and displayed their total command of […]

Del & Dawg (Del McCoury and David Grisman) In Concert State Theater Portland, Maine November 20, 2015

Del & Dawg (Del McCoury and David Grisman) In Concert State Theater Portland, Maine November 20, 2015 One condenser microphone, a music stand, a mandolin, rhythm guitar and over 100 years of bluegrass experience: that’s all David Grisman and Del McCoury need to put on a show. It’s quite a show, too. The artists’ backstories […]