I wanted to love this album, and I'm having a hard time with it even now, because saying something negative about a new album from Tony Trischka is akin to sacrilege.
"Are you trying to get a master's degree in musicology," the Freight Hoppers' David Bass was asked during an interview, "or are you out there really raising hell and having fun with the music?"
This has felt like the official year of "Well, it's about time!" recordings. There seemed to be so many albums from top-flight players who haven't released anything in, literally, years. In all cases, it was worth the wait.
The thing about Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott is that each project comes with the feeling that you're joining a show already in progress. That's true of their latest studio release, "Memories and Moments," which comes a full decade after their first.
I'm just going to come right out and say it: I love everything about this album. The only way to make it any better would be to have it autographed.
Some bands approach bluegrass for the tradition that it represents. And then there are bands like Greensky Bluegrass.
David Bromberg has been there, done that...and that and that too! But alone with a guitar, as he is in this live session, is a glimpse of where it all began.
People who live in St. Louis are lucky for lots of reasons, not the least of which is KDHX. I know that sounds self-serving, but it's true. And here's one reason why: discovery.
When we were teenagers we defined ourselves through the music that we listened to, and I suppose that that is something which remains true for teens today. I wouldn't have been caught dead listening to James Taylor (even if I sat enthralled with "Sweet Baby James" when no one was around) and the same was true for big-band music. In the '70s, big bands provided the soundtrack of our parents' lives, which was synonymous with lame.