5 Up-And-Coming Bluegrass Bands Poised To Take Over The Scene

first_imgBack in September, we took a look at up-and-coming jam bands that are setting themselves up to be the next big thing. It was tough picking out just five, as the jam scene is already hugely diverse and always in a state of growth, with acts synthesizing influences ranging from EDM to bluegrass. That got us thinking about how we could show some love to up-and-comers in the other genres we cover while giving our readers the heads-up of who to keep an eye out for; thus, for your reading pleasure, for our next installment in the series, we’ve sat down and picked out five of our favorite bluegrass rising stars who should be on your radar.Bluegrass is a dynamic genre, as explained by this wonderful essay by Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters detailing the history behind the two diverging sects of the genre: old-school traditionalists and those of the inventive “newgrass” mindset. Pandolfi writes, “Bands like Yonder Mountain String Band, the Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, Punch Brothers, and Railroad Earth [are] now all prominent members of the thriving progressive music world. These groups have origins in bluegrass, but our metric for success has little to do with how authentically ‘bluegrass’ we are. . . . In 2016, progressive bands are hitting that stride and changing people’s idea of what’s possible. Right behind us is a long line of quality young acts, all with their own original acoustic sound, eager to be a part of a growing bluegrass-rooted scene. From this side of the divide, bluegrass has never looked healthier.”We have to agree with the infamous stringduster. We love the new acts that are being born out of the genre and rising the ranks, and we’re constantly excited by the innovation that young players are bringing to the table. The competition was fierce and this list is by no means complete, but make sure to keep an eye on these newer names on the bluegrass circuit, as we expect you’ll be hearing a lot more about them in the future. We love these acts for their ability to tap into bluegrass’s roots while simultaneously using music as an expression of themselves and captivating and converting contemporary audiences. We think you’ll love them too.Horseshoes & Hand GrenadesWisconsin’s Horseshoes & Hand Grenades formed in 2010, and since then have been grinding away, slowly building a name for themselves with their exceptional songwriting, stellar picking, and near-constant touring schedule. Having shared the stage with Merle Haggard, the Del McCoury Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Trampled By Turtles, Yonder Mountain String Band, and more, it’s clear that other bluegrass musicians are also feeling the group’s high-energy and progressive twist on the basic elements of old-time and bluegrass.The group consists of David C. Lynch (harmonica, accordion), Russell Pedersen (banjo, fiddle), Adam Greuel (guitar, dobro), Sam Odin (bass), Collin Mettelka (fiddle, mandolin), who consistently woo fans with the undeniable fun-lovin’ and foot-stompin’ spirit they bring to their frequent live performances. You can check out Horseshoes & Hand Grenades when they hit the American Beauty in New York City this Friday (tickets available here) before continuing on their tour that runs from now through the end of August (see, we told you they tour a lot!). Watch one of their live performances below to see what we mean about their high-octane bluegrass stylin’s, and check out their website here for more information and additional tour dates![Video courtesy of wklitz1]Kitchen DwellersThis year has been very good for the Kitchen Dwellers, the Montana-based quartet featuring Joe Funk (bass), Shawn Swain (mandolin), Torrin Daniels (banjo), and Max Davies (guitar), only confirming the upward trajectory of the band since their inception in 2010. Fans of all musical persuasions love their fusion of psychedelia and jam-band elements into their bluegrass-rooted sound, creating a unique jamgrass synthesis the Kitchen Dwellers call “galaxygrass,” while their undeniable musicianship both as writers and players grounds the band and gives them the foundation that allows them to innovate.Last week, they released their latest album, Ghost In The Bottle, produced by Andy Thorne of Leftover Salmon and featuring members of Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Twiddle, and Little Feat, with a giant two-day 4/20 blowout across Colorado’s front range. With the success of their album release parties, the band is riding high as they look to their summer tour, dates for which can be found here. Check out a live performance from the Kitchen Dwellers below, and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for these boys when they hit a town near you.[Video courtesy of Kontagium]Lindsay Lou & The FlatbellysBorn in 2009 in Michigan, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys were born, and their intelligent and dynamic blend of Americana, roots, jazz, and bluegrass has allowed them to rise the ranks and gain notoriety within the scene. Even their name speaks to their cross-generational bluegrass appeal, having earned the title after a fellow musician announced “It’s good to see you Flatbellys out here pickin’ with us Greybeards” late-night during a bluegrass festival. Lindsay Lou’s voice is soulful and cuts straight to the heart, while Joshua Rilko (mandolin), PJ George (bass), and Mark Lavengood (guitar) are responsible for weaving the gorgeous and delicate instrumentation of the band.Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys seem to be primarily interested in honoring their own musical vision, which is clearly working considering the steadily rising numbers in their fan base. You rarely find them breaking out into frenetic bluegrass pickings like others in the list, but it’s all for the better, as the talented musicians are honing in on a truly unique sound rooted in bluegrass tradition.You can check out a performance of the quartet below, and mosey over to their website for more information. Also, friends hitting The Aiken Bluegrass Festival should make sure to see Lindsay Lou & The Ladies, a special set featuring all the ladies of the festival, including Allie Kral (Yonder Mountain String Band), Mimi Naja (Fruition), Jenny Keel (Larry Keel Experience), and Mackenzie Page (Gipsy Moon).[Video courtesy of Audiotree]Billy StringsThe guitarist Billy Strings is young, but he’s good. He’s stupid good. The Kentucky-born Michigan-transplant is only now rounding into his mid-20’s, and he leaves those who see him play with their jaws on the floor. He’s cut his teeth playing bluegrass since a young age, and it shows with his raw and energized playing while sharing the stage with the likes of Don Julin and Greensky Bluegrass. He can pick with the best of them, though the guitarist imbues his playing and stage presence with a distinctly rock ‘n’ roll style, a sensibility that enraptures eager audiences and can get a room amped up and energized in record speed. You can check out a video of a full performance of his with the Billy Strings Band below, as well as hit up his website here for upcoming dates for his aggressive touring schedule this summer.[Video courtesy of wklitz1]Kind CountrySnagging the last spot and rounding out our not-very-extensive list is Kind Country, the Minneapolis-based jamgrass band forged in 2012. Originally started as a four-piece string band, the band expanded into six-member ensemble featuring Mitch Johnson (guitar), Brandon Johnson (guitar), Max Graham (mandolin), Joe Sheehan (bass), Chris Forsberg (violin), and Chris Wittrock (drums). These guys have some thing special going on, with the addition of drums allowing the group to go deeper in exploring how bluegrass can morph and intersect with other genres and giving them the freedom to create a sound that is truly their own. However, they still stay true to their string-band origins and bluegrass roots, with their energetic playing and the talent among the six players more-or-less guaranteeing a foot-stompin’ good time. You can watch Kind Country performing below, and check out their website for more information and their upcoming tour schedule here.[Video courtesy of Ocooch Mountain Music]last_img read more

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Close play that goes against SU proves costly in eventual 11-10 loss to North Carolina

first_img Published on April 23, 2017 at 4:57 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary The crowd at SU Softball Stadium roared with anger. Kelsey Johnson stood on the bag at third base in confusion as head coach Mike Bosch argued the out call the umpire just made. Johnson thought she had gotten under the tag and her coach, as well as the crowd around her, all agreed with her assessment. But the umpire did not budge.The very next play, Alicia Hansen, who at the time had only one other home run this season, hit a bomb over the left center field fence. But Bosch was still enraged. His team just added to its run total, but his frustration was reflecting upon what he felt was missing.Syracuse (26-17, 7-10 Atlantic Coast) dropped the second game of the series against North Carolina (36-13, 14-6) in nine innings on Sunday. In its 11-10 loss, the questionable call at third base ended up being the deciding run in the game, one that many on SU said they believe should have been scored.“I thought I was safe,” Johnson said. “It’s tough, (Hansen and I) were both frustrated with it. We’re not going to get things called our way every time.”Syracuse, seventh in the ACC, needed just one win to clinch the series against the Tar Heels, second in the conference. Over the past four seasons, Syracuse is 3-7 against North Carolina, never winning more than one game in any of the seasons. Winning the series would have provided a huge boost for the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHansen’s home run was one of the first signs of offense the Orange had seen all game long. Going scoreless through the first four innings, Syracuse’s four-run fifth inning tied the game which would eventually go to extra innings.The entire game the Orange fought from behind. Down four runs in the fifth, SU scored four runs to even up the score. Down three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the last shot it had at a game-saving comeback, the team scored three runs to tie the game again and send it to extra innings. Following a rough defensive top of the ninth, Syracuse found themselves again down four, 11-7. In the bottom of the inning, SU scored three runs, falling just short of another come-from-behind inning to extend the game. The extra runner at third was the Orange’s only opportunity to be on top in the game.“It was one that we could have had, it was a game-changer,” Hansen said. “If (the umpires) aren’t going to help us, then we have to show them we could do it on our own.”Johnson added that she and her teammates would prefer not to play from behind in most games, but that is a boost in morale when the team has big innings. Bosch agreed that explosive offensive innings shouldn’t be a negative as long as they consistently lead to runs.In the past 10 games SU has played, each contains one or two innings in which the Orange score more than half of its final run total. Over the same 10-game span, Syracuse has played 35 different innings in which they have been held scoreless.The offensive power in the fifth kept the Orange around in the game, but SU still left the inning disappointed at what could’ve been.“A little bit,” Bosch said on if he felt disappointed following the home run by Hansen. “Close plays like that happen in softball, sometimes they don’t go your way.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 51-21 domination of UConn

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Syracuse (4-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) destroyed Connecticut (1-3, 0-1 American Athletic), 51-21, to stay undefeated and secure its first undefeated start since 1991. The Orange offense attacked the Huskies early and often. Eric Dungey completed 21 of 27 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns. SU’s quarterback also rushed for 77 yards and punched in three touchdowns on the ground. Dungey wasn’t the only contributor, as slot receiver Sean Riley caught six passes for 120 yards and a touchdown and Moe Neal added 116 yards on the ground.Listen to our beat writers reflecting on the game.center_img Published on September 22, 2018 at 10:09 pmlast_img

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