“Wide Awake” is the exciting new release from Boston-based string band Joy Kills Sorrow. It is tearing up Billboard’s bluegrass music chart and for good reason. This is excellent music. Not just for bluegrass fans but for music lovers everywhere. There’s enough string and Americana sound for the bluegrass loyalist but there’s also enough pop hooks and great storytelling for anyone who just enjoys good music.
Emma Beaton fronts this Beantown quintet. Her voice is pure heaven. The band is equally talented and features Matthew Arcara on guitar, Wes Corbett on banjo, Jacob Jolliff on mandolin and Zoe Guigueno on bass. And, yeah, I have a thing for women playing bass. Zoe brings it, for sure.
I have no doubt that you will want to add “Wide Awake” to your playlist. We recommend you do so through our music partner, Amazon.com. You can learn more about this great band by visiting their website, following them on Twitter or Facebook, or check them out live. They play throughout the country so check their schedule and catch them live. You’ll be “Wide Awake” whenever they take the stage. Count on it!
Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent are the real deal, y’all. With the release and subsequent success of “Brothers of The Highway”, I think it is fair to say that Dailey & Vincent have given bluegrass fans around the world a reason to rejoice. The songs are as Americana as any bluegrass fan could want but the hooks and musicianship are so astounding, any fan of great music could easily add these songs to their contemporary playlist. It is just a solid album.
Along with front men Dailey and Vincent, you will be quite pleased with the talents of Jeff Parker, Christian Davis, B.J. Cherryholmes, and Jessie Baker. Unless I miss my guess, you are watching the early to middle stages of performer’s careers that are destined to become future Hall of Famers. Keep in touch with this exciting bluegrass band at any of the links below.
We highly recommend you add this album to your bluegrass collection if you haven’t already done so. You can download it from our partner, Amazon.com. You can also listen to “Brothers of The Highway” in its entirety by clicking on the YouTube link above. Enjoy!
15 years later the Old Crow Medicine Show is an overnight sensation! Their latest album, “Carry Me Back” is a triumph of traditional Americana roots music that pushes the boundaries of bluegrass and invites a more mainstream audience to give a listen and consider adding O.C.M.S. to their new favorite playlist. One listen to the new album and it’s easy to see how the band’s journey has taken them from humble beginnings to travelling and performing with Grammy-winning Mumford and Sons.
Make no mistake, this self-described rambling string band is still evolving. “Carry Me Back” is but a stop on their musical walkabout. You’ll want to give it a good listen and decide for yourself just where they fit in the world of bluegrass. I think they defy classification as they challenge traditional roots music and push forwards into an aural area where the masses can easily embrace them.
Get in touch with this band through their website, Facebook, or Twitter. You can download “Carry Me Back” and their other albums from our music partner, Amazon.com.
Can you grow up in Paducah, Kentucky and NOT love bluegrass music? I suppose it’s possible but that sure wasn’t the case for Steven Curtis Chapman. Steven has become a household name in Christian music circles over the years and while this album is certainly more bluegrass and roots, as the album title would explain, he stays close to the music that he loves. There is no surprise that the album cover photo is shot in a church. If you are already a fan of Steven, this album will feel like a warm hug. For the uninitiated, Steven asks you to follow him on his musical journey and explore your own spirituality and musical deep roots. Join him, won’t you?
Learn more about Steven Curtis Chapman at his website, Facebook, or Twitter. You can download his music from our music partner, Amazon.com.
I’ve included the video for Steven’s song “Hiding Place” from the “Deep Roots” album. I strongly suggest you give it a listen when you need your own Hiding Place from this hectic and chaotic world. Enjoy!
It has been written that more than 150 musicians have played in the Blue Grass Boys behind the great Bill Monroe! Considering that many of these folks have become legends in their own right, Bill did more than just employ some talented folks along his musical journey over that 60+ year career.
Bill recruited very young and upcoming musicians for a shot at stardom with the Blue Grass Boys. He surrounded himself with some of the greatest musicians around. It has become a regular who’s who of talent to say the least. The list consists of such greats as Earl Scruggs, Lester Flatt, Mac Wiseman, Don Reno, Sonny Osborne, Vassar Clements, Byron Berline…you get the idea. Many folks were certainly influenced by the man and his style of music. Ricky Skaggs was only six when he first performed with Bill Monroe and we all know how that turned out.
Bill Monroe had a vision and did not deviate from that vision. Once he and his brother, Charlie, parted ways there was no turning back…he is not referred to as the Father of Bluegrass for nothing.
David Grisman tells a story on his compilation of great mandolin players called “Mandolin Extravaganza”. In this particular story he tells how a young woman wanted to take a photo of Bill and asked him to stand back…to which he replied, “No, you stand back!” That sums it up right there. You couldn’t tell Bill Monroe much and get away with it. As a matter of fact, David intros the tune, “No, You Stand Back” with this story.
If you were one of the fortunate to actually get to see Bill Monroe perform in his heyday, consider yourself blessed! If you ever got to perform with him…well you died and went to heaven! There will never be another like him.
What happens when you partner a former Wild and Crazy Guy with a New Bohemian? You’ll have to give “Love Has Come For You” a listen to truly appreciate the results but I can assure you it is a bluegrass treat you will treasure forever. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell have long been respected for their musical talents. Steve Martin is no stranger to bluegrass fans as he has been delighting audiences with his banjo playing skills for years. However, Edie Brickell is best known for her work as lead singer for Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, a decidedly pop band in the second half of the 1980s. She has previously collaborated with Paul Simon and had a successful solo career in the 1990s and 2000s. Bluegrass fans will no doubt enjoy her lead vocals on this album as her smoky and sultry voice blends well with Martin’s virtuoso banjo playing.
“Love Has Come For You” is an easy recommendation for bluegrass fans. The single and album are sitting at the top of the bluegrass charts as I write this and I have no doubt you will enjoy it as much as I have. Here’s the video for you to watch.
One of the great joys of following music is watching the next generation of performers shape the craft and bring their own spin to the music we all love and enjoy. At 22 years of age, Sarah Jarosz has been on the planet less time than I’ve been old enough to vote. Yet, she hasn’t wasted a moment of her youth and is already releasing her third album, “Build Me Up From Bones” on September 24th. Hailing from just outside Austin, TX, it is no surprise that Sarah is fond of contemporary folk, Americana, and roots music. She recently graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. The result and effect of her ongoing education are clearly felt in this new album. How couldn’t it?
As you might expect her performance is maturing just as she is. It is hard to think of her as an industry veteran but with three albums now under her belt and numerous tours in support of her work, Sarah brings an unusual amount of polish to the stage at such a young age. She is an instrumental triple threat, having banjo, guitar, and mandolin at her disposal. Her vocalizations are pleasing to the ear and fans and critics alike are abuzz over the new album. If you have the chance to catch her in performance at an intimate setting, by all means run to do so. I have no doubt that larger stages and much larger venues await her. She is a rising star with a bright future ahead of her. “Build Me Up From Bones” is a great album that will undoubtedly take her career to the next level. Catch her while you can!
Here is a preview of the album and some words from Sarah to describe the experience
Sarah Jarosz has an excellent website and all sorts of ways for fans to keep in touch.
When the name Jerry Garcia is mentioned it conjures up things like tie dye shirts, Haight Asbury and even multi-colored dancing bears. As the driving force for the legendary Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia is best known for amazing songwriting and unique guitar styles in a musical career that spanned decades.
I’m not sure I was considered a “Dead Head” but I was always a fan of great tunes done well. It would be years later after discovering Bluegrass music and then David “Dawg “Grisman’s music that I had an epiphany, if you will, regarding Jerry Garcia. I learned that David Grisman and Jerry Garcia had been sharing the same passion for old timey and bluegrass since the early 60′s. A lifelong friendship grew out of this passion for music and carried forward till Jerry’s passing years later.
With the birth of “Old and in the Way” in the 1970′s, David along with Jerry, Vassar Clements, Peter Rowan, and John Kahn launched a resurgence in this music which introduced an entire new generation to bluegrass.
After a reunion of sorts many years later, David Grisman had the vision to record amazing acoustic sessions at Dawg Studios with Jerry and others. They went on to create an awesome array of music that otherwise would not be available for all to enjoy. They furthered this legacy by recording numerous compilations with greats such as Tony Rice and many others. Thanks to Dawg, we can listen to the Jerry Garcia few knew. Jerry’s love for all styles of acoustic music, even sea shanties, makes this time of his life “timeless” from the music sense. We will all miss the Grateful Dead days but with the foresight of David Grisman, we have much more to be “grateful” for.
Visit AcousticOasis.com for never before released recording of David and Jerry. You can even treat yourself to an “Extra Large” Edition of the Pizza Tapes with Dawg, Jerry and Tony Rice.
For my first experience at Floyd Fest, I couldn’t have chosen better timing.
2011 marked the 10th Anniversary of this amazing music festival in, one might say, the middle of nowhere. Tucked away smack in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia lays Floyd.
Floyd is a very small town where, up until a few years ago time nearly forgot. That is until the music took over the town and transformed it into place where you can not only experience these great parts of Virginia but also get to hear some of the greatest bluegrass, roots, old timey and newgrass music you thought was only available in the “big city”.
Given the fact that my wife’s family only lives 45 minutes from Floyd made it an easy decision to make that 11 hour trek from Connecticut…not to mention being the personal guest of David Grisman who was appearing that down-right foggy Sunday afternoon. I have been creating graphics for Dawg for a number of years for web sites as well as CD covers for his online site with downloadable music of some very rare unreleased cuts from various artists. (Acoustic Oasis.com) This relationship has given me great opportunities to see David up close with his various bands as well as meeting some of the other greats of music along the way.
On this particular afternoon, David was appearing with the Sextet as opposed to the Bluegrass Experience. There was plenty of bluegrass available throughout the day so the Sextet was just fine with me. Aside from Dawg, The Tony Rice Unit, Peter Rowan and Del McCoury were rounding out that day.
A particular highlight of the afternoon occurred during The Tony Rice Unit set. As guests of David Grisman, my family and I were able to enjoy the festival from the comfort of the main stage, where we had a special vantage point at which to see all the performers. While Tony mesmerized the crowd with his amazing flatpicking, I noticed Dawg coming up the stairs across the stage with mandolin in hand. The two of them had not seen each other for years so this had the potential to be one of those “musical moments”…and it did not disappoint. When David crossed the stage I was anticipating the reaction from the crowd which was unaware of his presence, as well as Tony. Once at center stage the crowd erupted with a roar. To Tony’s surprise the two embraced and broke into some great tunes. It’s not difficult to put this festival in my top 10 of all time great musical experiences.
If this wasn’t enough, David gave me a personal “shout out” during his set and broke into “Dan’l Boone” from his CD that he recorded with the great Sam Bush. This is just one of many experience I’ve had knowing David Grisman. This writer looks forward to many many more!