With nods to the Dillards and the Dead, Alabaster Brown plays country rock with some curling banjo, smooth harmonies and even honky tonk piano, all jamming together but somehow staying focused on the song.
The mandolin has never been the same after Sam Bush, originator of "newgrass" and an icon to hundreds of acoustic-oriented musicians to follow his lead. "The King of Telluride" and his guitarist Stephen Mougin paid a visit to the KDHX studios for a live performance.
Nash Street is that relatively rare thing in bluegrass: a young band with deep roots in the south who understand tradition but focus on original material that shows a pop and country appreciation.
Reaching younger festival audiences and hardcore traditional bluegrass fans alike, the Steep Canyon Rangers bring a contemporary songwriting sensibility to their gospel harmonies and churning acoustic sound.
Texas is known for giving rise to scores of influential artists in a host of genres, but bluegrass isn't among them. Cadillac Sky may be changing all that. Fusing the harmonies and rhythmic power of bluegrass with the reckless drive and expressive songwriting of rock & roll, the band paid a visit to KDHX for a live performance.
Graceful, gentle and yet spirited, 3 Penny Acre combines the unplugged sounds of bluegrass with a slightly more contemporary edge of Americana and singer-songwriter folk.
A real-life Mitch and Mickey duo, the Gordons are a husband and wife team that proves simpler really is better. Demonstrating folk music at its finest and purest, Gary and Roberta Gordon combine perfectly as musicians to create a timeless sound.
<p>An Alaskan family affair, Redhead Express is a bluegrass big band that spans familiar material from country music history, revving it all up with fiddles, banjos, guitars and some spectacular harmonies.</p>